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NFL: Indianapolis 39, Denver 33

Oct. 21, 2013 at 12:37 AM   |   Comments

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Andrew Luck tossed three touchdown passes Sunday and Indianapolis spoiled the homecoming of ex-Colts quarterback Peyton Manning with a 39-33 win over Denver.

Luck went 21-of-38 through the air for 228 yards without an interception and ran for a score as Indianapolis (5-2) built a 36-17 lead in the fourth quarter and then outlasted Manning's comeback try, winning for the fourth time in five games.

Darrius Heyward-Bey, Coby Fleener and Stanley Havill each made a touchdown grab for the Colts, who benefited from three Broncos turnovers, including a lost fumble by Ronnie Hillman late in the game.

Manning, who played in Indianapolis for 14 seasons, completed 29-of-49 passes for 386 yards, with three touchdowns and an interception, falling in his first game in the city since his March 2012 release from the Colts.

He was honored in a pregame video tribute and was warmly received by the Indianapolis fans.

Eric Decker hauled down eight passes for 150 yards and a score while Wes Welker and Demaryius Thomas combined for 178 yards and a touchdown on 11 catches for previously unbeaten Denver (6-1), which had a 17-game regular-season winning streak snapped.

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