Colts 45, Eagles 21
Sunday, November 26th 2006, 10:32 pm
By: News On 6
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Joseph Addai tied a franchise record with 4 touchdowns, and the Indianapolis Colts defense never let Philadelphia get close Sunday night as Indianapolis routed the Eagles 45-21.
The Colts (10-1) can clinch their fourth straight AFC South title with a win at Tennessee next week.
Philadelphia (5-6) played its first game without Donovan McNabb, who will miss the rest of the season with a torn knee ligament. But the Eagles couldn't blame this one on McNabb's absence.
Jeff Garcia, McNabb's replacement, was 19-23 for 140 yards and threw 2 TDs. Brian Westbrook ran 20 times for 124 yards and 1 touchdown, becoming the first Eagles player since Wilbert Montgomery in 1981 to produce three straight 100-yard games.
But the Eagles made mistakes all night, and the Colts took advantage.
Addai opened the game by sandwiching a 10-yard score around two 15-yard runs to give Indy a 21-0 lead and set a rookie record with a late 4-yard run.
Addai finished with 171 yards.
Lenny Moore, Lydell Mitchell and Eric Dickerson are the only other Colts players with 4 TDs in one game.
Manning wasted little time in putting the game away early in the 2nd half. He threw a 15-yard TD pass to Reggie Wayne to make it 31-7. Manning finished 14-20 for 183 yards and 1 interception, becoming the fastest player in league history (139 games) to 3,000 completions. The previous mark was shared by Dan Marino and Drew Bledsoe at 146 games.
Philadelphia drew closer with a 3-yard TD pass from Garcia to Reggie Brown late in the 3rd quarter and on Westbrook's 6-yard run with 10:13 left, but never seriously challenged again.
Addai closed it out with a 4-yard TD run, and Kelvin Hayden scored on a 26-yard fumble for the Colts.
Indianapolis lost tight end Dallas Clark with a sprained right knee late in the 1st half but gave no additional details.