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Panthers No Match For Manning, Colts

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A slow start and a short week couldn't stop Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts from another 7-0 start.

Manning threw for 254 yards and two touchdowns and broke Johnny Unitas' team record for career scoring passes as the Colts dominated the second half in a 31-7 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Joseph Addai rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns and caught a TD pass from Manning, who was outplayed early by 43-year-old Vinny Testaverde. But when Testaverde was lost at halftime with an ankle injury, the defense shut down David Carr the rest of the way as the Colts became the first team since the 1929-31 Green Bay Packers to win their first seven games three straight seasons.

Manning completed just 14 of 30 passes, but shook off early problems to eclipse another one of Unitas' records. His second TD, a perfectly thrown 59-yard pass to Reggie Wayne late in the third quarter was the 288th of his career, one more than Unitas.

By then, the focus had shifted to the Colts' showdown next week against New England.

Early on, the Colts appeared flat playing a team coming off a bye six days after their win in Jacksonville.

Testaverde who turns 44 in two weeks, got the starting nod for the second straight game ahead of David Carr, who's still recovering from a back injury.

Testaverde led the Panthers (4-3) on an opening 80-yard touchdown drive that lasted a team record-tying 18 plays and more than 11 minutes, the longest by time in the NFL this season.

But Testaverde also was intercepted by Antoine Bethea in the second quarter, then suffered a right ankle injury when guard Mike Wahle stepped on his foot.


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