Indianapolis  41 

 Detroit  09



FINAL 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
1st Quarter
Drive: 9 plays, 79 yards in 4:44
Key Plays:
  Manning 20-yard pass to Wayne to Indianapolis 41
  Manning 23-yard pass to Harrison to Detroit 23
  Manning 9-yard pass to Harrison on 3rd-and-1 to Detroit 10
  Manning 5-for-6 for 60 yards
Drive: 8 plays, 58 yards in 3:00
Key Plays:
  Baker kickoff out of bounds puts ball on Detroit 40
  Bryson 7-yard run on 3rd-and-1 to Indianapolis 44
  Harrington 37-yard pass to Williams to Indianapolis 7
Drive: 7 plays, 60 yards in 2:56
Key Plays:
  Hanson kickoff out of bounds puts ball on Indianapolis 40
  5-yard defensive holding penalty on Lions' Bly on 3rd-and-7 to Indianapolis 48
  Manning 14-yard pass to Wayne to Detroit 36
  Manning 13-yard pass to James to Detroit 23
Drive: 8 plays, 55 yards in 3:31
Key Plays:
  Jones 40-yard run to Indianapolis 31
  Harrington 4-yard pass to Alexander on 3rd-and-2 to Indianapolis 19
2nd Quarter
Drive: 5 plays, 47 yards in 1:59
Key Plays:
  Reagor recovery of Harrington fumble at Detroit 47
  Manning 12-yard pass to Harrison to Detroit 30
Drive: 3 plays, 31 yards in 1:01
Key Plays:
  Mathis recovery of Bryson fumble at Detroit 31
  James 17-yard run to Detroit 14
Drive: 6 plays, 66 yards in :50
Key Plays:
  Harrington 12-yard pass to Bryson to Detroit 32
  Bryson 16-yard run plus 15-yard facemask penalty on Colts' Jefferson to Indianapolis 37
  Harrington 23-yard pass to Swinton to Indianapolis 14
3rd Quarter
Drive: 6 plays, 36 yards in 3:16
Key Plays:
  Smith recovery of Swinton fumble at Detroit 36
  Manning 4-yard run on 3rd-and-1 to Detroit 23
  Manning 12-yard pass to Harrison to Detroit 11
Drive: 6 plays, 36 yards in 3:16
Key Plays:
  Smith recovery of Swinton fumble at Detroit 36
  Manning 4-yard run on 3rd-and-1 to Detroit 23
  Manning 12-yard pass to Harrison to Detroit 11
Colts Att Cmp Yds Td Int Lg
Manning, Peyton28232366025
Sorgi, Jim317007
Lions Att Cmp Yds Td Int Lg
Harrington, Joey23141560037
McMahon, Mike1511770119
Colts Att Yds Avg Lg Td
James, Edgerrin231054.6170
Mungro, James242.040
Rhodes, Dominic242.030
Manning, Peyton144.040
Wayne, Reggie1-4-4.000
Lions Att Yds Avg Lg Td
Jones, Kevin12998.3400
Bryson, Shawn7517.3210
McMahon, Mike2189.0140
Colts Rec Yds Avg Lg Td
Harrison, Marvin1212710.6233
Stokley, Brandon55711.4253
Wayne, Reggie33712.3200
James, Edgerrin3165.3130
Clark, Dallas166.060
Lions Rec Yds Avg Lg Td
Bryson, Shawn6447.3120
Alexander, Stephen55811.6300
Williams, Roy45112.8370
Streets, Tai3268.7190
Jones, Kevin331.060
Swinton, Reggie12323.0230
Vines, Scottie11111.0110
Schlesinger, Cory11010.0100
Fitzsimmons, Casey177.070
Tackles-Solo-Assists Sacks-Yds (unofficial)
Colts T S A Sk-Yd
Morris, Rob7701-1
Bashir, Idrees5500-0
David, Jason5500-0
Jefferson, Joseph5500-0
June, Cato5410-0
Thornton, David4400-0
Bacon, Waine3300-0
Brock, Raheem3120-0
Reagor, Montae2201-2
Floyd, Anthony2200-0
Hutchins, Von2200-0
Harper, Nick2110-0
Nelson, Jim2110-0
Sapp, Gerome2110-0
Brackett, Gary2110-0
Mathis, Robert1101-12
Freeney, Dwight1100-0
Tripplett, Larry1100-0
Doss, Michael1100-0
Thomas, Josh1100-0
Lions T S A Sk-Yd
Bryant, Fernando9810-0
Holmes, Earl5500-0
Davis, James5500-0
Bly, Dre5500-0
Marion, Brock4400-0
Bell, Marcus4400-0
Walker, Bracy3300-0
Lehman, Teddy3300-0
Rogers, Shaun2200-0
Lewis, Alex2200-0
Redding, Cory2200-0
Pritchett, Kelvin1100-0
DeVries, Jared1100-0
Hall, James1100-0
Colts INT Yds Avg Lg Td
Bacon, Waine100.000
Lions INT Yds Avg Lg Td
Colts No. Yds Avg TB In20 Lg
Smith, Hunter520941.80251
Lions No. Yds Avg TB In20 Lg
Harris, Nick312341.00047
Punt Returns
Colts No. Yds Avg Lg Td
David, Jason252.580
Lions No. Yds Avg Lg Td
Swinton, Reggie22914.5180
Drummond, Eddie100.000
Kickoff Returns
Colts No. Yds Avg Lg Td
Rhodes, Dominic24824.0250
Lions No. Yds Avg Lg Td
Drummond, Eddie35719.0290
Swinton, Reggie24522.5240
Colts XP/XPA FG/FGA Dist(Made/Fail)
Vanderjagt, Mike5/50/0
Lions XP/XPA FG/FGA Dist(Made/Fail)
Hanson, Jason0/03/420 34 48 32 
Colts No. Lost Forced O D
Freeney, Dwight00100
Jefferson, Joseph00100
Thornton, David00100
Morris, Rob00100
Brock, Raheem00001
Mathis, Robert00001
Reagor, Montae00001
Smith, Hunter00001
Lions No. Lost Forced O D
Bryson, Shawn11000
Harrington, Joey11000
Swinton, Reggie11000
Williams, Roy11000
McMahon, Mike10010
Referee- Tom White, Umpire- Jim Quirk, Head linesman- Ed Camp, Line judge- Bill Spyksma, Field judge- Boris Cheek, Side judge- Joe Larrew, Back judge- Bob Lawing
Attendance - Time
63,107 ; 3:14
Team Statistics ColtsLions
First downs2419
3rd-Down Efficiency4 - 105 - 13
4th-Down Efficiency0 - 10 - 1
Total Net Yards356386
Total Plays6062
Average Gains5.96.2
Net Yards Rushing113168
Average Per Rush3.98.0
Net Yards Passing243218
Completed-Attempted24 - 3125 - 38
Yards Per Pass7.85.3
Sacked-Yards Lost0 - 03 - 15
Had Intercepted01
Punts-Average5 - 41.83 - 41.0
Return Yardage529
Punts-Returns2 - 53 - 29
Kickoffs-Returns2 - 485 - 102
Interceptions-Returns1 - 00 - 0
Penalties-Yards5 - 4010 - 60
Fumbles-Lost0 - 05 - 4
Time Of Possession31:1228:48

News: 11/26/04

The Lions did more than just lose on Thanksgiving Day -- they all but ended their season.

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Unofficially, the 2004 campaign came to a screeching halt in front of a national television audience. Not just because of the 41-9 whipping they took at the hands of the Indianapolis Colts before a sellout crowd at Ford Field, but because Mike McMahon replaced Joey Harrington as quarterback in the third quarter.

For many observers, it was almost like Coach Steve Mariucci, whose team lost its fifth straight game, raised the white flag of surrender.

After all, Harrington, who is scheduled to start next week against Arizona, was supposed to be the quarterback of the future -- one to lead this organization into the Super Bowl.

Clearly, the damage has been done to Harrington's confidence.

"I don't want to say anything," Lions President Matt Millen said in the locker room after the game. "I'll wind up regretting it."

With good reason.

Millen knows that what has transpired the last five weeks is inexcusable.

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The Lions, 4-2 before the losing streak, are 4-7. In order to make the playoffs, they likely would have to win their remaining games -- including one at Green Bay, where the Lions have not won since 1991.

But after watching Colts quarterback Peyton Manning dismantle the Lions -- Manning had six touchdown passes -- it's nearly impossible to believe the Lions can turn this thing around.

Instead, the Lions are a sinking ship with more holes than a golf course. Only the Titanic went down in worse fashion.

Aside from Eddie Drummond, returning punts and kickoffs for touchdowns (and he was injured Thursday) nothing is working on offense or defense.

"It's disappointing, getting beat like that on national TV," receiver Reggie Swinton said. "It was embarrassing. We have to bounce back somehow."

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That turnaround has to start on offense.

In the last three games, the Lions' offense, which managed just three field goals against the Colts, has scored just two touchdowns and a total of 22 points.

The defense, which started the season making plays which led to victories, has deteriorated. Opponents have been able to almost score at will.

The thing that should scare Millen, in his fourth season at the helm, is how poorly this team plays against the elite teams -- losing to Philadelphia (30-13), Green Bay (38-10) and Indianapolis.

All at home, no less.

"You can't talk your way through a season," defensive end James Hall said. "You have to go out and produce. That's the only way we're going to be able to win. The days of talking are over."

Especially when you realize how poorly the Lions have played at home.

In order to win in the NFL, you have to protect your home turf, because it's so hard to win on the road. But after winning their first game at Ford Field, the are 0-4.

Still, some Lions aren't ready to simply roll over.

"We have to run the table," running back Kevin Jones said. "That's what we're trying to do, if possible. I wouldn't say it's over until it's over."

Sometimes, though, actions speak louder than words.


Peyton's pace will now take him past 50.

Peyton Manning tied a career-high with six touchdown passes, raising his season total to 41, as the Indianapolis Colts handed the Detroit Lions their worst Thanksgiving Day loss, 41-9.

The NFL's reigning co-Most Valuable Player, Manning feasted on the Lions in his first Thanksgiving Day game, connecting with Brandon Stokley and Marvin Harrison for three scores apiece.

The six touchdowns matched a career-high Manning set in a September 28, 2003 game against New Orleans and fell one shy of tying an NFL single-game record held by five players. Joe Kapp of Minnesota was the last to throw seven touchdowns in a game against Baltimore on September 28, 1969.

Manning could very easily have tied the record. He left the game after throwing his sixth touchdown - a five-yard toss to Harrison - with 2:11 left in the third quarter.

But it appears nothing will stop Manning from breaking Dan Marino's single-season record of 48 touchdown passes for the Miami Dolphins in 1984.

Manning needs eight TD passes in his last five games to shatter one of the league's most prestigious records. That should be no problem for Manning, who likely will become the first player to throw 50 touchdowns in a season.

"It's only about one thing for me and that's trying to win games," said Manning, who completed 23-of-28 for 236 yards. "But there is no question our passing game is playing at a high level right now."

Manning is one of only three quarterbacks to throw more than 40 touchdowns in a season and matched Kurt Warner's total of 41 for the St. Louis Rams in 1999. Marino also holds the second-highest single-season total with 44 for Miami in 1986.

The only player to pass for more than 4,000 yards in five consecutive seasons, Manning had thrown at least four touchdowns in his previous four games, tying another another mark held by Marino, before picking apart the Lions (4-7), who had won seven of their previous 10 Thanksgiving Day games.

"He's (Manning's) the best that's ever played this game as far as quarterbacks are concerned," Stokley said. "Four touchdowns seems like an off week for him. So it's one of those things you come in, you expect that from him. It's kind of funny to expect four or five touchdowns from a guy every game."

Stokley had touchdown receptions of four, 12 and 25 yards in the first half - a career-high for him. Harrison caught a 13-yard touchdown with 50 seconds left in the first half to increase the lead to 27-6.

Harrison added scoring receptions of 10 and five yards in the third quarter and finished with 12 catches for 127 yards. The three touchdowns tied a career-high for him.

Manning and Harrison have connected for 79 scores, tying Marino and Mark Clayton of Miami for the second-most touchdowns between quarterback and receiver in NFL history.

The win was the fourth in a row for the first-place Colts (8-3), who have averaged 40.5 points during the streak. They have scored a league-high 380 points this season. No other team has reached 300.

Edgerrin James complemented Manning's pinpoint passing with 105 yards on 23 carries, increasing his league-leading total to 1,186 yards.

Indianapolis' maligned defense forced five turnovers - four fumble recoveries and an interception.

"I want to say that we had four fumbles all of last season and only one so far this season and we had four today," Lions coach Steve Mariucci said. "That's a first and that's a last. You can't do that against a team like this, obviously."

Detroit's Joey Harrington completed 14-of-23 passes for 156 yards before getting yanked in the third quarter by Mariucci. Backup Mike McMahon was 11-of-15 for 77 yards.

The first half turned into a battle between Manning's arm and Jason Hanson's leg. The Lions actually outgained Indianapolis, 257-231, in the first half, but failed to convert their opportunities in the red zone, settling for three field goals.

Hanson, who kicked five field goals last Thanksgiving in a 22-14 upset of Green Bay, converted kicks of 20, 34 and 32 yards, but missed a 48-yard attempt.

The Colts also capitalized on two first-half turnovers - the first a fumble by Harrington after being hit by linebacker Rob Morris on a blitz. Defensive tackle Montae Reagor recovered for the Colts at the Detroit 47. Five plays later, Manning hit Stokley with a 25-yard touchdown to give Indianapolis a 20-6 lead with 2:20 left in the second quarter.

"He's (Manning's) unbelievable," Reagor said. "Like I said all year long, I'm glad No. 18 is on my team. I wouldn't want to face him."

On the Lions' next possession, Colts defensive end Robert Mathis recovered a fumble by Shawn Bryson at the Detroit 32. Three plays later, Manning threw a 13-yard TD to Harrison with 50 seconds remaining in the half.

Lions rookie Kevin Jones rushed for 83 yards on just nine carries in the first half. He finished with 99 yards on 12 carries.

Scott's Game Commentary:

What a way to spend Thanksgiving! If there is one game the hololulu blue and silver show up for it is on Turkey Day in front of a national TV audience. Unfortunately, the hottest Offense in the NFL was coming to down. Payton Manning and the Colts for the 3rd straight game scored over 40 points in what was the worst Thanksgiving Day game I have ever been to. Manning tied a career high with 6 touchdowns and once again the Lions Offense was no where to be found. Once again, the Offense failed to score a touchdown and has one touchdown spanning the last three games! Not much to say about that other than let it be known: Joey Harrington must go! For the 5th straight game, Harrington could not move the Offense and he finally got benched! Mike McMahon had his good and bad moments but the bottom line is the Lions will not go anywhere with the QB's they have now. Kevin Jones had 99 yards but only got the ball 12 times. The Defense got eaten alive like all others do when they face the Colts. WR Marvin Harrison and TE Brandon Stokley each had three touchdowns a piece! The dreadful day got even worse when Eddie Drummond left the game with a season ending injury! Four straight losses at home and five straight overall is a little too much to swallow. I hate to say it, but don't be surprised if the Arizona Cardinals beat the honolulu blue and silver in the next home game. They are the better team as much as I hate to admit it.


*Offense: --- F. Has the Offense had enough flunking grades this year? Besides Kevin Jones, who had 99 yards on 12 carries, the Offense was once again a now show. They managed six points early in the game and could only score three more the rest of the way. The Colts have one of the worst defenses in football but that did not matter. Roy Williams continues to fade into the sunset as his promising rookie year has went down the drain. The Offensive Line is just awful. This unit needs to be revamped more than any other unit in the offseason. Jeff Backus and Stockar McDougle have really regressed this year, which is shocking. Tai Streets has done nothing all year long and will probably not be with the team next year. I'm sick and tired of saying the same old thing every week, but Harrington is a bust! Hopefully, the Lions will draft a new QB and sign a vetern that can step in and win some games. You can stick a fork in Harrington and McMahon, both are cooked in Detroit just like all their predecesors were!

*Defense: --- F. The Defense had no answer for the best QB in the NFL. Manning threw six touchdown passes and before you could blink your eye, the Colts were up 7-0. The secondary was slow and Brock Marion has turned out to be a dud. Dre Bly continues to be a major disappointment. Hopefully they'll get back on track next week when the Cardinals come to town.

*Special Teams: --- D. Hanson made three of four field goals and Eddie Drummond had a few good returns before going out with a season ending injury. Reggie Swinton fumbled the ball that setup the Colts last touchdown.

*Coaching: --- F. Maricucci waited too long before deciding to pull Harrington. I hate to say this, but what has he done differently than Mornhinweig has? Sadly, I think the team has mailed in the year, just like the past three years. What a shame!

*Overall: --- F-. The Lions are free falling and continue to have their worst performances of the year at home. This was the fourth straight home blowout and anytime you think you've seen the worse, you have to think again. This was by far the worst Thanksgiving Day game I have been to in the last 14 straight I have attended. I found myself more involved with fantasy football (I have four Colts on my team) results than the game itself. At 4-7, the Lions can kiss any chance at .500 out the window. They will be lucky to win one more game the rest of the season. Fortunately, next Sunday I will not be able to attend the Lions / Cardinals game. I will be leaving Saturday for a two week trip to Hawaii where I will see my other sorry football team (Michigan State) play their last game of the year. I will have an update on the Cardinals game next week, but it will be brief. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and all I have to say is: ALOHA :-)

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