The last time the Ravens visited Indianapolis, the Colts still played in the RCA Dome and quarterback Peyton Manning was gunning for Dan Marino's record of 48 touchdown passes in a season. Although the Ravens kept Manning from the 20-year-old record, they couldn't keep the Colts out of the win column Dec. 19, 2004. The 20-10 victory was the Colts' seventh straight, and it dropped the Ravens into a four-way tie for the final AFC playoff spot. When the Ravens return to Indianapolis on Sunday, they will play in Lucas Oil Stadium, a retractable-roof stadium that opened Aug. 14.
WHAT HAPPENED: : On the Colts' first possession of the second half, leading 6-3, Manning mixed the run and pass on 10 plays to work down the field. Off a play-action fake to running back Edgerrin James, Manning found wide receiver Marvin Harrison wide open for a 29-yard touchdown pass. It was only the second passing touchdown of more than 20 yards given up by the Ravens at that point in the season.
The touchdown put the Colts up 13-3. When the Ravens looked to tighten the gap, Matt Stover's field goal hit Ravens lineman Bennie Anderson. The Colts returned it 24 yards to the Ravens' 31-yard line. Five plays later, James put the game out of reach, 20-3, with a 3-yard touchdown run with 28 seconds left in the third quarter.
KEY STATS: : Manning was held to one touchdown for the first time in 14 games, completing 20 of 33 passes for 249 yards. ... Ravens running back Jamal Lewis rushed for 130 yards on 20 carries despite a tender ankle.
QUOTABLE: : "It's very disappointing. We competed to the last minute, and we came up short. It's not over yet. I would like to see them again [in the playoffs], and it looks like it might be possible." - Ravens cornerback Gary Baxter
QUOTABLE: : "You've got to play a complete game. You can't turn over the ball, and we turned it over in some unique ways. We didn't do enough of the whole package to get a win tonight." - Ravens coach Brian Billick
Source: Baltimore Sun archives