Jets Foil Colts' Bid for Undefeated Season

Manning, fellow Indy starters watch as team goes 14-1
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 27, 2009 6:28 PM CST
Indianapolis Colts coach Jim Caldwell looks on during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the New York Jets in Indianapolis, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009.   (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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(Newser) – 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 tonight in Indianapolis, ending ended the NFL's longest regular-season winning streak at 23.

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. 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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