Oct 20, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) fumbles as he is hit by Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis (98) during the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports
KUSA - It certainly was a long week for Peyton Manning, and the Indianapolis Colts made it a long first half Sunday night for the Denver Broncos quarterback.
Manning had one of his roughest first halves this season as the Colts took a 26-14 lead at halftime.
Manning was just 9-of-16 passing for 110 yards and two touchdowns. He was sacked at the goal line, which led to a safety.
His former teammate Robert Mathis has been waiting 11 years to put a hit on Manning. Mathis made the most of his first one, sacking Manning at the goal line and causing the fumble. The ball bounced around in the end zone and was recovered by Erik Walden, whose shoulder it was confirmed out of bounds for a safety.
But, the Colts turned the ensuing possession into a 19-14 lead seven plays later on Andrew Luck's short pass to Stanley Havili, who turned it into a 20-yard touchdown play with six minutes left in the first half.
After the Broncos' third three-and-out of the first half, the Denver defense made a big stop as the Colts momentum was moving. But during the drive Champ Bailey reinjured his left foot trying to stop Trent Richardson. Bailey sprained his foot in the preseason and missed the first five regular-season games.
Starting at the 2-yard line after the Colts downed the punt near the goal line, Manning went 1-of-4 passing with three consecutive incomplete passes to end the drive at the 20. Unable to manage the clock well, Denver gave the Colts the ball with 1:35 left in the half, and Luck made them pay.
Luck directed a six-play, 50-yard drive in 85 seconds to take a 26-14 lead on Luck's third TD pass of the first half. It was the first time this season the Broncos trailed at halftime.
Before the game the Colts had a video tribute to the quarterback who won a Super Bowl and four MVP titles while with the team since 1998.
Manning's NFL-record touchdown passes streak to start the season was jeopardy. He entered Indianapolis game with 22 TD passes in the Broncos' 6-0 start, but needed five to equal the 27 Tom Brady threw in the first seven games of the 2007 season (when he finished with an NFL single-season record 50 TD passes).
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