Peyton Manning received a warm welcome upon his first return to Indianapolis since he was released by the Colts. Despite him playing for the opposing team, the Colts paid tribute to Manning with a video compilation of his greatest moments in Indianapolis. Colts fans gave him a standing ovation while Manning humbly and emotionally thanked Indianapolis for the recognition.
The sentiment, however, ended the minute the competition began. The 'House that Manning Built' quickly became the stadium in which Peyton would be handed his first loss of the season.
Even with its window and roof open, Lucas Oil Stadium was filled with crowd noise from beginning to end. The 12th man showed up in a major way for the Colts.
For the first time in Indianapolis, every second that Manning was on the field the crowd erupted. It was arguably the loudest that stadium has been during a Colts game.
The crowd was loud enough to affect the Bronco offense time and time again. Anytime Manning would attempt to call an audible or warn his team about the defense, the fans just got louder. It was an impressive showing by the 12th man.
Although they went in as the underdogs, the Colts took charge early in the game and held the lead for the majority of the game. With the support of their city and fans, the Colts dominated the Broncos for much of the game.
After a series of 3-and-outs by both teams, the Broncos were the first to put points on the board with the first touchdown of the night.
The Colts followed up with an Adam Vinatieri field goal to close the gap. The Colts took their first lead near the end of the first quarter with their first touchdown reception of the night.
Manning and company went to work again, scored another touchdown to regain the lead. At this time, no one knew this would be the last time the Broncos were on top.
The Colts then scored a safety and two touchdowns prior to halftime, putting the Broncos in the hole by 12 points. The Colts would never relinquish their lead again.
Throughout the course of the game, Manning lost a fumble for a safety, threw an interception and was sacked four times. Two of those sacks came from friend and former teammate, Robert Mathis.
The offense, defense and special teams worked in tandem to fight hard for the victory. Despite a valiant effort by Denver, the Colts beat the Broncos 39-33.