INDIANAPOLIS - Peyton Manning watched disbelievingly as one pass after another hit the ground yesterday.

Then he demonstrated how an undefeated team survives the perfect storm.

After throwing three early TDs, then three inexplicable interceptions (two by Brian Dawkins), Manning led the Colts on a late TD drive to beat Denver, 28-16, breaking NFL records for most consecutive regular-season wins (22) and most wins in a decade (114), plus wrapping up home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

"I thought Denver made some plays, and we had some bad luck with bouncing balls there," Manning said. "We kind of weathered the storm, and the defense did a great job. So it was kind of two different games in terms of momentum, but fortunately we finished on a high note."

So high it's previously unreached by any NFL team.

It was quite a day in Indy, which celebrated its 22d consecutive win. The Colts broke a tie with New England, which set the mark last year, and became the seventh team in league history to start 13-0, including this year's Saints.

Indy's 114th victory of the decade broke a tie with the 1990s San Francisco 49ers and set a franchise record with its 13th consecutive home win.

Denver (8-5) also had a record day: Brandon Marshall broke the league's single-game record with 21 receptions. He finished with 200 yards and two touchdowns.

"I believe big players step up in big games, and this was a big game for us," he said.

Denver 0 7 0 9 – 16

Indianapolis 14 7 0 7 – 28

First quarter

Ind–Collie 5 pass from Manning (Stover kick), 9:06.

Ind–Clark 10 pass from Manning (Stover kick), 5:04.

Second quarter

Ind–Clark 1 pass from Manning (Stover kick), 7:58.

Den–Marshall 5 pass from Orton (Prater kick), 2:23.

Fourth quarter

Den–FG Prater 28, 14:50.

Den–Marshall 5 pass from Orton (run failed), 9:44.

Ind–Clark 1 pass from Manning (Stover kick), 2:25.

A: 67,248.

Den   Ind

First downs 20   21

Total Net Yards 357   312

Rushes-yards 30-95   28-92

Passing 262   220

Punt Returns 3-3   2-19

Kickoff Returns 2-42   2-37

Interceptions Ret. 3-25   1-13

Comp-Att-Int 29-41-1   20-42-3

Sacked-Yards Lost 3-15   0-0

Punts 4-46.3   5-42.2

Fumbles-Lost 0-0   0-0

Penalties-Yards 7-65   4-20

Time of Possession 31:27   28:33


Rushing: Denver, Moreno 23-63, Buckhalter 4-19, Orton 2-11, Hillis 1-2. Indianapolis, Addai 16-67, Hart 9-28, Manning 3-(minus 3).

Passing: Denver, Orton 29-41-1-277. Indianapolis, Manning 20-42-3-220.

Receiving: Denver, Marshall 21-200, Gaffney 3-48, Moreno 3-13, Graham 1-6, Royal 1-3, Kuper 0-7. Indianapolis, Addai 5-49, Clark 5-43, Wayne 4-43, Collie 3-39, Garcon 2-39, Robinson 1-7.

Missed Field Goals: Denver, Prater 42 (WR).