JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Indianapolis Colts' perfect season lives on.
Peyton Manning passed for 308 yards and four touchdowns last night as the Colts held off the upset-minded Jacksonville Jaguars, 35-31, to run their record to 14-0.
Indianapolis took the lead for good when Manning completed a 65-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne with 5 minutes, 23 seconds remaining.
Safety Reggie Nelson seemed to bite on a pump fake, allowing Wayne to get behind the coverage.
"Reggie just used his speed," Manning said. "What a great job once he caught the ball to get into the end zone."
The Jaguars (7-7) had a chance to win it in the closing minutes, but David Garrard overthrew Mike Thomas on a third-and-10 play with about a minute to go. Jacob Lacey intercepted the ball, and the Colts ran out the clock.
Indianapolis extended its NFL-record winning streak in the regular season to 23 and became the third 14-0 team in league history, joining the 1972 Miami Dolphins and 2007 New England Patriots. New Orleans can join the list with a victory over the Dallas Cowboys tomorrow night.
The wild game included 714 yards, 43 first downs, 10 lead changes, five punts, several big plays and just two turnovers.
Redskins. Washington brought back a familiar name in a major front-office shake-up.
Bruce Allen, the son of late Redskins coach George Allen, is the team's new general manager. He becomes the first person hired by owner Dan Snyder to hold the GM title, a notable milestone after a decade of various front-office arrangements that usually centered on Snyder and his friend Vinny Cerrato.
"It's exciting because of the history, the tradition, the comfort about coming home," said Allen, whose father coached the Redskins from 1971 to 1977.
The team announced that Cerrato had resigned as executive vice president of football operations.
Asked about coach Jim Zorn's job status, Allen was cautious. "Jim Zorn is our coach," he said. "Give us some time to see how our relationship develops."
Allen, the former general manager in Tampa Bay, and coach Jon Gruden were fired by the Buccaneers on the same day in January.
Focus on concussions. The House Judiciary Committee plans a second hearing on head injuries in football on Jan. 4 in Detroit.
On Oct. 28 in Washington, lawmakers questioned NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about the league's approach to concussions. Since then, Goodell has announced stricter return-to-play guidelines that make it tougher for players to get back on the field after head injuries.
Injury report. New York Jets quarterback Ryan Sanchez practiced for the second straight day, but coach Rex Ryan remained undecided on his starter for the game against Atlanta on Sunday as Sanchez recovers from a sprained right knee. . . . Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (turf toe) and Pro Bowl running back Michael Turner (ankle) practiced on a limited basis for the first time in nearly three weeks.
Offensive tackle Kareem McKenzie and cornerback Corey Webster missed the New York Giants' practice with knee injuries. Their status is uncertain for Monday night's game in Washington. . . . Dallas linebacker DeMarcus Ware (neck strain) returned to practice, but his status is uncertain for tomorrow's game at New Orleans.
Rams. St. Louis canceled practice because of an undisclosed number of swine flu cases on the team three days before a home game against the Houston Texans. Coach Steve Spagnuolo would not say how many players had the illness but said five or six players had flu symptoms.
Noteworthy. Former Atlanta Falcons running back Warrick Dunn is buying a piece of the team. Dunn, who retired after the 2008 season, has an agreement to become the team's seventh limited partner. The purchase was unanimously approved by NFL owners Wednesday and is expected to be completed by March 1.