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Luck, Colts best Broncos in Manning’s return

Indianapolis no longer Peyton’s place

Published: Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 12:22 a.m. CDT

By The Associated Press

Andrew Luck threw for three touchdowns and ran for another Sunday night, outplaying predecessor Peyton Manning in a 39-33 victory over the previously unbeaten Denver Broncos in Indianapolis.

The victory ended the Broncos’ 17-game regular-season winning streak in the first game Manning played against his former team since being released in March 2012.

Manning finished 29-of-49 for 386 yards with three TDs and one interception.

He was sacked four times and tried desperately to rally the Broncos (6-1) late.

But the Colts (5-2) took advantage of his and Denver’s uncharacteristic mistakes.

Luck converted an early fumble into a TD pass. Indy got nine points out of a second-quarter strip sack, and Luck scored on a 10-yard run in the third quarter, a drive helped by a series of defensive penalties.

When the Broncos finally had a chance to tie it, Manning was intercepted.

Indianapolis has not lost consecutive games under Luck.

Cowboys 17, Eagles 3: Tony Romo threw for 317 yards and one touchdown in Philadephia and the Cowboys overcame a sluggish start to take sole possession of first place in the NFC East.

Two teams that averaged a combined 58 points per game and allowed a combined 55 totaled 13 punts in a first half that ended with Dallas (4-3) leading 3-0.

It was more two inept offenses than two dominant defenses.

The Eagles (3-4) have lost a franchise-worst nine straight games at home.

Steelers 19, Ravens 16: Shaun Suisham drilled a 42-yard field goal with no time remaining in Pittsburgh.

Suisham’s fourth field goal of the day pushed the Steelers (2-4) to their second straight win.

Ben Roethlisberger completed 17 of 23 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown.

Joe Flacco passed for 215 yards and a touchdown, but couldn’t stop the defending Super Bowl champions (3-4) from losing for the third time in their last four games.

Jets 30, Patriots 27, OT: Nick Folk kicked a 42-yard field goal with 5:07 left in overtime to stun the Patriots in East Rutherford, N.J.

Folk got a second chance after he missed a 56-yarder moments earlier.

But Chris Jones was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for pushing a teammate forward to try to block the kick, a new NFL rule.

Geno Smith threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score as the Jets (4-3) topped Tom Brady and the Patriots (5-2).

Bengals 27, Lions 24: Mike Nugent’s 54-yard field goal as time expired lifted the Bengals in Detroit.

The AFC North-leading Bengals (5-2) won a game for the second straight week by the same score thanks to Nugent’s right foot.

He made an overtime kick to give Cincinnati a win after it blew a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead at Buffalo

The Lions (4-3) looked like they did enough to send the game to OT, but rookie Sam Martin shanked a punt just 28 yards to midfield in the final minute.

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