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Peyton Manning: A Team Player

Published by on December 27, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Indianapolis Colts

The Indianapolis Colts had a shot at history.

At 14-0, the Colts had a chance to match New England's 16-0 regular season from 2007, by winning their last two games.

But the Colts had already clinched home-field advantage throughout, and wanted to rest their key players.

So, on Sunday afternoon at home against the New York Jets, rookie head coach Jim Caldwell pulled quarterback Peyton Manning—along with several other starters—in the second half, with Indianapolis ahead 15-10.

The Jets rallied for a 29-15 upset victory, ending the Colts' 23-game regular-season winning streak.

The big play came in the third quarter, when Curtis Painter, Manning's replacement at QB, was hit while trying to throw from deep in his own territory, and lost the ball. The Jets' Marques Douglas fell on it and got into the end zone to put New York ahead for good.

Clearly, Manning, standing on the sidelines, was not happy. But afterwards, he supported his coach's de...

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