When it lost its third consecutive gamephonexay phonexay
As anyone who has followed the future Hall of Famer’s career knows, it’s what’s under the hood that sets him apart. On third-and-2 from the Oakland 31-yard line with 1:39 to go, Manning capped off an emphatic display of histrionics at the line by running a play-fake to Dominic Rhodes(notes) that was so cold, even the halfback thought he had the football as he darted to his right. He didn’t – Manning kept it, rambled to his left and spent some quality time with himself, foregoing a touchdown in favor of a game-clinching slide four yards from paydirt.
“If you tell people, they don’t block the same, and [it’s not as convincing],” Manning said afterward. “The only way to do it is if you don’t tell anybody.”
Don’t tell the people who assumed Indy was done a few weeks ago, when it lost its third consecutive game to drop to 6-6, but the injury-plagued Colts appear headed to the postseason with a bounce in their step – and a quarterback who gives them at least a fighting chance to overcome their many flaws.