INDIANAPOLIS -- Peyton Manning couldn't get a record-setting touchdown pass against Baltimore's rugged defense. But he got the Indianapolis Colts a victory.
Manning led two second-half touchdown drives, pulling within one of Dan Marino's record for touchdown passes in a season, and the Colts defeated Baltimore, 20-10, last night for their seventh straight victory.
Manning has 47 TD passes; Marino had 48 in 1984.
The fans even booed when Manning knelt down twice in the final minute at the Baltimore 4, running out the clock with a chance to tie the record.
"That's the right way to play," Manning said. "If they were to call time out right there, maybe it'd be a little bit different. They were kind of conceding that the game was over."
Before the game, city officials agreed to build a new retractable roof stadium that would keep the team in Indianapolis for 30 more years. But the fans were in a festive mood for another reason: Manning's pursuit of Marino's record. They waved signs and had banners that counted down the touchdown mark.
The Ravens snuffed out that celebration by using extra defensive backs and shifts to confuse Manning and control the clock when Baltimore had the ball.
It worked -- for a while.
Manning fell short of Marino's record for the second straight week, but extended his own NFL record of consecutive 4,000-yard seasons to six. He finished 20 of 33 for 249 yards and one touchdown.
Baltimore's playoff hopes took a hit. The Ravens (8-6) are now tied with Buffalo, Jacksonville, and Denver for the final wild-card spot in the AFC race.
Mike Vanderjagt kicked two field goals to give Indianapolis a 6-3 lead in its second-lowest-scoring opening half of the season, and Larry Tripplett blocked a field goal that set up the Colts' second touchdown drive -- a 10-point swing that changed the game.
After a sluggish first half, Manning didn't need long to make the halftime adjustments work.
He opened the third period with a 77-yard scoring drive that ended with a 29-yard TD pass to a wide-open Marvin Harrison, who burned Chris McAlister with a nifty outside fake before turning inside. That gave the Colts a 13-3 lead.
Baltimore had a chance to stay close when Matt Stover tried a 31-yard field goal on the next series, but Tripplett blocked it and Von Hutchins returned it to the Baltimore 31. Five plays later, Edgerrin James scored on a 3-yard run to make it 20-3 as fans urged Manning to throw the ball.
The Ravens responded on their next series. A 64-yard kickoff return by B.J. Sams set up a 36-yard field goal. But when the Colts were called for offside, the Ravens accepted the penalty and Kyle Boller threw a 13-yard TD pass to Todd Heap.
Indianapolis sealed the win when Gary Brackett picked off Boller's pass and ran it 71 yards to the Baltimore 4, giving Manning one more chance to tie the record. Fans roared when Manning returned to the field, but booed when he took a knee.
"We always said that this record, if it happens in the normal process of a game, that's fine," he said, "but the idea was to win a game. Baltimore's got an excellent team, an outstanding defense. It just feels good to get the victory tonight."