NFL News of September 29, 2003

COLTS 55, SAINTS 21

Peyton Manning visited his hometown last night and humiliated his father’s old team.

Manning became the first N.F.L. quarterback in more than a decade to throw six touchdown passes, leading the Indianapolis Colts past the New Orleans Saints, 55-21.

The Colts are 4-0 for the first time since 1996.

Manning went 20 of 25 for 314 yards, with touchdown passes that covered 17, 14, 79, 12, 32 and 11 yards.

With his father, Archie, watching in the stands, Manning set a team record and came close to the N.F.L. record for most touchdown passes in a game—seven, shared by five players: Sid Luckman, Adrian Burk, George Blanda, Y.A. Tittle and Joe Kapp.

Manning is the first quarterback to throw six in a game since Mark Rypien did it for the Washington Redskins against the Atlanta Falcons on Nov. 10, 1991.

—Ken Sugiura, The New York Times “Manning’s 6 Touchdown Passes Spark Surging Indianapolis (4-0)”

Manning became the sixth player in NFL history to throw 7 TDs in a game in the first game of the 2013 season against the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.
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