Sun. October 04, 2009
*Manning 3rd on career TD passing list with 343*
By BETH RUCKER Associated Press Writer
NASHVILLE, Tenn.(AP) -- Peyton Manning added another milestone and the Indianapolis Colts lead the Tennessee Titans 7-6 after one quarter on Sunday night.
With a 3-yard toss to Reggie Wayne in the corner of the end zone, Manning passed Fran Tarkenton to sit alone at third on the career touchdown passing list with 343. It came on fourth-and-1 and gave the Colts a 7-0 lead over Tennessee with 7:28 left in the first quarter.
Brett Favre (469) and Dan Marino (420) are the only players ahead of Manning.
Indianapolis hasn't lost a regular-season game since playing its division rival in Nashville a year ago. The Colts' 13-game winning streak is the league's best.
Tennessee beat the Colts in that game on its way to a 10-0 start and a wire-to-wire win for the AFC South title. Now the Titans are searching for answers as they are mired in a 0-4 start.
Manning had 52 yards passing in the first quarter in his quest to become the third player in NFL history with five consecutive 300-yard passing games to start the season.
Steve Young had six consecutive 300-yard passing games in 1998 as did Kurt Warner in 2000.
The Colts (4-0) set up near the red zone after Keyunta Dawson recovered a fumble by Algae Crumpler and returned it 17 yards to the Titans 23.
The Titans (0-4) took advantage of two Indianapolis turnovers.
Keith Bulluck intercepted Manning's pass to Reggie Wayne and returned it 23 yards to the Indianapolis 43.
Still, the Titans couldn't fully capitalize on the turnover. They went three-and-out with a few penalties, and Rob Bironas kicked a 43-yard field goal to cut the Colts' lead to 7-6 with 28 seconds left in the first quarter.
Colts return specialist T.J. Rushing fumbled a punt with 6:04 left in the first quarter. Ken Amato recovered for Tennessee, setting up a 49-yard field goal by Bironas.