Colts upstage Dolphins
Manning steals show from Miami celebs
MIAMI - While the Miami Dolphins’ celebrities were making a Hollywood-style grand entrance, Peyton Manning slipped in a side door and stole the show.
Manning threw two touchdown passes to take some sheen off the Dolphins’ glitzy makeover under new owner Stephen Ross, and the Indianapolis Colts came from behind four times to win, 27-23, last night.
The Dolphins rolled out an orange carpet for the pregame arrival of Ross’s celebrity partners. The crowd included Serena and Venus Williams, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez, Jimmy Buffett, and Colts rooter Tiger Woods.
But Manning was the big star. He had the ball for less than 15 minutes but threw touchdown passes of 80 yards to Dallas Clark and 48 yards to Pierre Garcon.
The first score came on the first play from scrimmage, the second with 3:18 left for the game’s final points.
Manning finished 14 for 23 for 303 yards as the Colts improved to 2-0. The Dolphins fell to 0-2 even though they had 239 yards rushing, including 107 with the Wildcat offense.
Indianapolis had the ball for only 14:53, the smallest time of possession for an NFL winning team since 1977.
“It’s really disheartening,’’ Miami coach Tony Sparano said. “That’s exactly the formula to beat that team.’’
Indianapolis trailed, 10-7, 13-10, and 20-13, but each time pulled even. Down, 23-20, after Miami scored with 3:50 left, the Colts rallied one more time with the big play by Garcon.
“Pierre was patient,’’ Manning said. “He was more talkative than he had been all game, saying, ‘I can beat him. I can beat him.’ ’’
After completions of 15 and 17 yards, Manning hit Garcon with a short pass on the right side. Garcon cut to the middle, then broke back toward to the corner of the end zone to score.
Miami reached the Colts’ 30 with six seconds left, but Chad Pennington’s desperation pass was intercepted in the end zone by Antoine Bethea. That was the Dolphins’ lone turnover. They were 15 for 21 on third-down conversions, punted once, and controlled the ball for a team-record 45 minutes.