Football

Manning, Colts steal spotlight

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, Monday night in Miami.

The Dolphins rolled out an orange carpet for the pregame arrival of Ross’ 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 latter with 3:18 left for the game’s final points.

“It was about being efficient when it counted, in the fourth quarter,” Manning said. “That’s really what the game’s about.”

Manning finished 14-for-23 for 303 yards, and the Colts improved to 2-0. The Dolphins fell to 0-2 even though they had 239 yards rushing, including 107 with the wildcat.

Indianapolis had the ball for only 14:53, the lowest time of possession for a winning team in the NFL since 1977.

“It’s really disheartening,” Miami coach Tony Sparano said. “That’s exactly the formula to beat that team.”

Indy 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 a 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.’ Of course we didn’t get many possessions, but he came up big when we really needed him.”

Manning earned his 119th victory with the Colts, breaking the team record for a quarterback he shared with Johnny Unitas.

“I don’t feel comfortable with these comparisons to Unitas,” Manning said. “But I’m very proud to wear the same uniform as Johnny Unitas. He was a real winner.”

Miami’s Ronnie Brown rushed for 136 yards, including 62 in the wildcat formation.

Extra points

The 49ers have filed tampering charges against the New York Jets regarding top San Francisco draft pick Michael Crabtree, confirmed Jets coach Rex Ryan, who denied his team had inappropriate contact with the holdout receiver. …Philadelphia coach Andy Reid said quarterback Kevin Kolb will make his second straight start for the Eagles if Donovan McNabb can’t play against Kansas City. … St. Louis Rams offensive tackle Jason Smith, the second overall pick in this year’s draft, sprained his left knee and will be listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against Green Bay. … …Dallas running back Marion Barber has a quadriceps injury, and his prognosis is uncertain. … The Atlanta Falcons have a big hole to fill on the defensive line after first-round pick Peria Jerry sustained a season-ending knee injury in a victory over the Carolina Panthers. … Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Troy Williamson could be done for the season because of a shoulder injury.

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