Slumps end for Manning, Colts

So much for Peyton Manning's slump.

Manning threw for 319 yards and two touchdowns, and the Indianapolis Colts snapped their three-game skid by beating the Tennessee Titans, 30-28, in Nashville, Tenn., on Thursday to move a half-game behind Jacksonville in the AFC South.

“Hopefully we can sort of build off this win,” Manning said. “Nobody likes losing three in a row.”

The four-time league MVP put his atypical struggles behind him with a crisp performance. He completed 25 of 35 passes in his 63rd 300-yard game, tying Dan Marino for tops on the career list.

Manning nearly had a third TD pass but rookie receiver Blair White broke up a pass intended for Reggie Wayne in the end zone.

“I was throwing to Reggie. I can assure you I was throwing to Reggie,” Manning said. “But like I said, that’s part of the learning process.”


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