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Colts' perfection snapped; former Tiger plays key role in upset

Sunday, December 27, 2009 | 6:45 p.m. CST

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts kept saying 16-0 didn't matter. Apparently it didn't.

The previously unbeaten Colts (14-1) pulled Peyton Manning and a handful of other starters with a 15-10 lead and 5:36 left in the third quarter, and the Jets took advantage to rally for a 29-15 victory that ended the NFL's longest regular-season winning streak at 23.

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Former Missouri Tiger quarterback Brad Smith opened the second half with a 106-yard kickoff return to give New York (8-7) a 10-9 lead. The Colts regained the lead at 15-10 when Donald Brown scored on a 1-yard run. Smith also had 16 yards rushing on two carries.

But after Manning left, Marques Douglas returned a fumble from Manning's replacement, Curtis Painter, 1 yard for a score. The Jets sealed it with a 43-yard field goal and Thomas Jones' 1-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.

 


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