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    INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Mike Shanahan lived through a nightmare at Peyton Manning's place last January in the playoffs.

    A return engagement will be staged Sunday when Shanahan and the Denver Broncos visit the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC wild card round.

    Manning dissected the Broncos for 377 yards and five touchdowns in the Colts' 41-10 rout of the Broncos. He completed 22-of-26 passes for the third-highest percentage (84.6) in postseason history by a quarterback with more than 20 attempts.

    Manning fell one touchdown pass shy of tying the playoff record shared by Daryle Lamonica and Steve Young and was 16-of-18 for 327 yards and four touchdowns in the first half, when the Colts built a 31-3 lead.

    Marvin Harrison had seven catches for 133 yards, including touchdowns of 46 and 23 yards, in the first half. Brandon Stokley also was a major factor in the first-half eruption, catching three passes for 131 yards, including TDs of 31 and 87 yards. Manning's fifth touchdown pass was a seven-yard toss to Reggie Wayne with 5:19 left in the third quarter.

    The game left scars with Shanahan, who took action in the offseason, acquiring cornerback Champ Bailey from Washington for running back Clinton Portis in a trade of Pro Bowlers and signing veteran safety John Lynch.

    "They dominated us in that football game," Shanahan said. "Hopefully, we can play much better defensively. It will be quite a challenge. Peyton is a special quarterback. Offensively, we'll need to control the ball and keep their offense off the field. The key will be for us to get balance in our running game and passing game."

    Last week, the Broncos did not have to contend with Manning, who played just one series since the Colts were already locked into the third seed in the AFC playoffs. Denver needed a win to earn the final wild-card spot and took advantage of the virtual absence of Manning and running back Edgerrin James, beating the Colts, 33-14.

    Lynch made headlines last week with a crushing hit on Colts tight end Dallas Clark, leading to a fine of $75,000.

    Jake Plummer threw for 246 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score and the tandem of rookie Tatum Bell and Reuben Droughns combined for 167 yards on 31 carries.

    Plummer and the backs will need to again put up big numbers if they want to have a chance against Manning, who set NFL single-season records with 49 touchdown passes and a quarterback rating of 121.1, well ahead of the 112.8 set by Steve Young of the San Francisco 49ers in 1994.

    "I was coaching Steve that year (as an offensive coordinator) and I know what a great season he had," Shanahan said. "Manning got a lot of attention for breaking (Dan) Marino's record for touchdown passes, but probably not enough for the passer rating record."

    In one of the greatest seasons by an NFL quarterback, Manning completed 67.6 percent of his passes for 4,557 yards and the Colts scored a league-high 522 points.

    Harrison, Stokley and Wayne each had more than 1,000 receiving yards and 10 or more touchdowns. Bailey, Lynch, cornerback Kelly Herndon and safety Kenoy Kennedy will have to contend with the trio along with tight ends Marcus Pollard and Dallas Clark.

    And then there's James, who had just one carry for minus-two yards last week at Denver. He finished the season with 1,548 yards.

    If the Broncos win, they will next play at Pittsburgh on January 15. If the Colts win, they will next play at New England on January 16.

    Matchup to watch: Colts right end Dwight Freeney, who led the NFL with 16 sacks, against left tackle Matt Lepsis.

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    It's Super Bowl preseason Game #1.

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    INJURY REPORT
    NO. NAME POS STATUS INJURY DATE UPDATED
    28 Bashir, Idrees Defensive Back Probable Hamstring 01-07-05 - 09:22 AM
    58 Brackett, Gary Linebacker Probable Hamstring/Thigh 01-07-05 - 09:22 AM
    44 Clark, Dallas Tight End Probable Head 01-07-05 - 09:22 AM
    42 David, Jason Defensive Back Questionable Foot 01-07-05 - 09:22 AM
    64 DeMulling, Rick Offensive Guard Probable Ribs 01-07-05 - 09:22 AM
    51 Gardner, Gilbert Linebacker Out Shoulder 01-07-05 - 09:22 AM
    25 Harper, Nick Defensive Back Probable Back 01-07-05 - 09:22 AM
    80 Hartsock, Ben Tight End Questionable Back 01-07-05 - 09:22 AM
    72 Houchin, Thomas Defensive End IR 01-07-05 - 09:22 AM
    98 Mathis, Robert Defensive End Probable Groin 01-07-05 - 09:22 AM
    94 Morris, Rob Linebacker Probable Head 01-07-05 - 09:22 AM
    57 Nelson, Jim Linebacker IR Shoulder-Clavicle 01-07-05 - 09:22 AM
    81 Pollard, Marcus Tight End Questionable Ankle 01-07-05 - 09:22 AM
    83 Stokley, Brandon Wide Receiver Probable Foot 01-07-05 - 09:22 AM
    30 Strickland, Donald Defensive Back IR Shoulder 01-07-05 - 09:22 AM
    91 Thomas, Josh Defensive End IR Knee 01-07-05 - 09:22 AM
    50 Thornton, David Linebacker Probable Groin 01-07-05 - 09:22 AM
    86 Walters, Troy Wide Receiver Questionable Head 01-07-05 - 09:22 AM
    52 Whiteside, Keyon Linebacker IR 01-07-05 - 09:22 AM

    What bothers me is that we might be down to Clark at Tight End. Everyone else looks hurt!

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    Boncos Injuries

    Injuries

    Player Status Injury
    K. Johnson RB Questionable Ankle
    D. Neil G Questionable Abdomen/knee
    R. Alexander CB Probable Ankle
    T. Luke WR Probable Concussion
    J. Lynch S Probable Thumb
    A. Palepoi DE Probable Shoulder
    T. Pryce DE Probable Back
    J. Baker P Probable Groin

    Injured Reserve
    Player Status Injury
    M. Anderson RB IR Groin
    J. LeSueur CB IR Hernia
    B. Miree RB IR Thumb
    Q. Griffin RB IR Torn ACL
    L. Walls CB IR Shoulder
    N. Jackson WR IR Fractured left ankle
    L. Elliss DT IR Lower back
    W. Middlebrooks CB IR Right knee
    G. Hearst RB IR Fractured left hand

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    My avatar pic is from a Sunday night classic at Denver in the 2002 season.

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    Trevor Pryce is inactive for the Broncos. That will weaken up their defensive front line.
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    Jimmy Harbaugh on Radio right now! He will be inducted into the RING OF HONOR at the half!



    I hope we send the Boncs back to Denver with their tails between their legs!

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    Only 15 minutes 'til kickoff! Whoooooooooooooo!
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    GAME TIME!
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    Oh good, a penalty to start the game...
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    The Colts are forced to punt. Dammit!
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    The Broncos are forced to punt!
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    The Colts will take over at their own 22.

    0-0, 11:06 left in the 1st
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    Peyton keeps going to Reggie...and he'll keep doing it until the Broncos alter their defense to stop it. Good luck with that.
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    1st & Goal Colts!
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    Touchdown!
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    Wow, Rob Morris made a great play and almost had the interception.
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    Another defensive stop by the Colts D gives the offense the ball back at their own 13.

    7-0 Colts, 5:37 left in the 1st
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    Oh my! Dallas Clark with an amazing catch!
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    Give it to the Edge for the first! Whooooo!
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    From 3rd and 1 to 1st and goal on the 5!

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    Yeah! Dallas Clark!

    1st & Goal Colts!
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