Peyton passes Unitas as Colts stay undefeated

Peyton Manning set another record and the Indianapolis Colts are 7-0 again.

Now, everybody can look ahead to the showdown with New England.

Manning shook off a slow start to throw for 254 yards and two touchdowns and broke Johnny Unitas' team record for career scoring passes in the Colts' 31-7 win over the injury-plagued 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 left at halftime with tendinitis in his right Achilles' tendon, Manning made sure the Colts' much-anticipated matchup with Tom Brady and the Patriots wouldn't be tarnished by dominating the second half.

The Colts became the first team since the 1929-31 Green Bay Packers to win their first seven games for three straight seasons. It'll get much tougher next week when they host the dominating Patriots.

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.

Wayne caught seven passes for 168 yards as Manning's primary receiver with Marvin Harrison out with a knee injury. The Colts also played without left tackle Tony Ugoh, but Manning had plenty of time to throw in the second half as they won their 12th straight game dating to last season.

The Colts face the NFL's other undefeated team---The Patriots---next Sunday. New England won 52-7 over Washington in week 8. The Patriots have scored 34 or more points in every game this season.


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