INDIANAPOLIS--The fourth quarter was only for pride, and that was just fine for the Colts.
Weeks of games that hinged on the final minute still brought victory but not without a little stress.
So when the Colts led Cincinnatti 28-3 in the fourth quarter, players and fans could breathe a sigh of relief.
"It was nice to have one like this," said head coach Tony Dungy of the comfortable lead heading into the final 15 minutes.
For the record the Colts won 35-3-thanks to a fourth quarter touchdown by Kelvin Hayden off an interception. It's their six consecutive win, and marks the fifth consecutive season with a winning streak as or more lengthy.
"Hopefully we can capitalize on that momentum," said defensive end Dwight Freeney.
The defense produced a lot of that positive energy at the end of the first half, when Hayden picked off an errant Ryan Fitzpatrick pass deep in Bengal Territory. It led to a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning to Marvin Harrison, which put the Colts up 14-3.
"We call it dinner time," said Hayden of turnovers. "We feast on offensive turnovers."
It carried over to the second half, when Manning tossed scoring passes to Anthony Gonzales and Dallas Clark, respectively. The quarterback completed an efficient performance, throwing 26 of 32 for 277 yards and three touchdowns.