It was Peyton Massing week in Indianapolis, returning to play for the first time in his old home where the master had come of age.
Andrew Luck refused to follow the script
David Steele writes in the Sporting News that nobody expected Luck to outgun Manning, but he did, passing for 228 yards and three touchdowns as the Indianapolis Colts beat the Denver Broncos 39-33.
Luck played well and also relied heavily on a rousing effort from the Colts secondary to pave the way to victory writes Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star.
Manning finished 29 of 49 for 386 yards and three TDs, but he was sacked four times and served up one interception as the Colts victory ended the Broncos 17-game regular-season winning streak.
While the hype heading into the game was often over the top it obviously was lost on Colts cornerback Vontae Davis who afterward told NBC’s Michelle Tafoya that Indianapolis “prepared really hard for Tom Brady.”
In the third quarter, where the Broncos were flagged for eight penalties, Denver resembled “barnyard chickens being chased by a hatchet,” writes Woody Paige in the Denver Post.
The day’s most exciting contest unfolded in Washington where the lead seesawed back and forth until the Redskins engineered a late TD drive to upend the Chicago Bears 45-41.
Jason Reid writes in the Washington Post that it was the running of quarterback Robert Griffin, whose knee woes have been widely documented, that jumpstarted the Washington offence.
The football gods keep on smiling on Buffalo where the Bills capitalized on a brutal Miami turnover late in the game for a 23-21 win over the Dolphins.
Mario Williams forced a fumble when he sacked Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill and the Bills recovered on the Miami 34 trailing by one point with 2:48 left in the game.
That set up a 31-yard game-winning field goal by Dan Carpenter.
The Bills managed to improve to 3-4 on the season after third-stringer-turned starter Thad Lewis out-produced Tannehill, Miami’s franchise QB, writes Mark Gaughan in the Buffalo News.
The New York Jets, with a big assist from the officials, walked off with a shocking 30-27overtime win over the New England Patriots.
Nick Folk missed on his 56-yard field goal that was nullified after defensive tackle Chris Jones was penalized for pushing a teammate in an attempt to block the kick.
It was the first time the new rule has been called this season.
Handed new life, Folk later capitalized from 42 yards to give the Jets the win.
The controversial call obviously didn’t set well with New England coach Bill Belichick writes Field Yates on ESPN.com.
The Tampa Bay Buccanners have been known to stink the joint out and now we have proof.
As first tweeted by Fox Sports anchor Kevin O’Donnell, the Bucs locker room was disinfected by a crew wearing hazmat suits following their 31-23 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
The long-term future of the St. Louis Cardinals looks bright
The World Series combatants were settled over the weekend with the St. Louis Cardinals to meet the Boston Red Sox in the grand finale, beginning on Wednesday at Fenway.
For the Cardinals it will be their fourth Series appearance in 10 years, an optic that baseball should get used to writes Tom Verducci on SI.com.
Gordon Edes writes on ESPN.com that the Red Sox vanquished a 2011 September collapse and 93 losses in 2012 with one push of the delete button.
This should make for interesting clubhouse banter for the Seattle Mariners.
Mike Carter writes in the Seattle Times that the wife of Mariners outfielder Carlos Peguero is facing federal wire-fraud changes after allegedly racking up nearly $180,000 in online purchases using the debit card of Seattle pitching star Felix Hernandez.
Injury to Taylor Hall a concern to Oilers
The Edmonton Oilers are feeling a bit queasy these days after winger Taylor Hall heads back home for further evaluation of his injured left knee writes Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal.
Hall was injured after a knee-on-knee collision with Eric Gryba of the Ottawa Senators in the second period of Saturday’s 3-1 win.
And the head shots just keep on coming in the NHL.
The latest victim is Dustin Penner of the Anaheim Ducks who was leveled and knocked unconsciousness by Ryan Garbutt of the Dallas Stars.
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