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Colts run all over Tennessee Titans

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE Indianapolis' Peyton Manning threw for 425 yards as he moved within four TD passes of Dan Marino's single-season record of 48

AP , INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA

Colts quarterback Peyton Manning holds a football while on the bench during the second quarter as his team faces the Titnas in Indianapolis, Indiana on Sunday. Indianapolis won 51-24.

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Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes, Edgerrin James ran for two more scores and Indianapolis returned a blocked field goal for another TD as the Colts routed Tennessee 51-24 Sunday and moved closer to clinching the AFC South.

Indianapolis (9-3) won its fifth straight by tying the NFL record for most consecutive 40-point games with four. Only two other teams have done it: the 2000 St. Louis Rams and the 1960 San Diego Chargers.

The Titans (4-8) have lost three of four, allowing their most points since a 52-25 loss to the Oakland Raiders on Sept. 29, 2002.

Titans coach Jeff Fisher's strategy turned the game into a wild contest as he called three onside kicks in the first quarter, then attempted a fake punt in the third quarter.

Manning still threw for 317 yards in the first half, when receivers Brandon Stokley and Marvin Harrison each topped 100 yards. Manning finished 25-for-33 for 425 yards with two interceptions as he moved within four TD passes of Dan Marino's single-season record (48).

Steelers 17, Jaguars 16

In Jacksonville, Florida, rookie quarterback Ben Roethlisberger extended both his and Pittsburgh's winning streak to 10 games by engineering a last-minute drive to set up a 37-yard field goal by Jeff Reed with 18 seconds left.

The drive, the kind pulled off by the best quarterbacks, covered 56 yards in six plays after Josh Scobee made a 36-yard field goal with 1:55 left to give the Jaguars the lead.

The win by the Steelers (10-1) was a testament to coach Bill Cowher's clock management. He used all three of his timeouts before the 2-minute warning as Jacksonville was driving for the go-ahead field goal, preserving plenty of time for his offense.

Roethlisberger finished 14-of-17 for 221 yards and two touchdowns.

Jacksonville (6-6) had one last shot after a 19-yard completion from Byron Leftwich to Jimmy Smith, which gave Scobee a shot at a 60-yarder. It fell just short and wide right.

Patriots 42, Browns 15

In Cleveland, Bethel Johnson returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown and Corey Dillon rushed for 98 yards and two TDs before halftime. Randall Gay ran in a fumble 41 yards for a TD early in the second half as the Patriots (11-1) continued their best start in franchise history and won for the 26th time in 27 regular-season games.

Dillon, who bruised his leg in the first half, carried just once in the second half and finished with 100 yards -- his seventh 100-yard game this season.

Buccaneers 27, Falcons 0

In Tampa, Florida, making Michael Vick look ordinary for much of the day, the Bucs (5-7) kept the first-place Falcons (9-3) from clinching the NFC South.

Simeon Rice became the 22nd player in league history to reach 100 sacks, getting Vick on the ground twice and forcing a fumble to set up a touchdown. Rice boosted his career total to 101 in nine seasons.

Derrick Brooks also made it a miserable day for the Atlanta quarterback, tipping an ill-advised pass that Dwight Smith intercepted in the end zone and sacking Vick once to force a fumble that led to a field goal.

Bengals 27, Ravens 26

In Baltimore, Carson Palmer capped his finest day in the NFL with an appropriate ending to an improbable comeback.

Down by 17 points entering the fourth quarter, the Bengals pierced the proud Baltimore defense for 24 points over the final 15 minutes. Shayne Graham kicked a 24-yard field goal as time expired, giving the Bengals their first win in Baltimore (7-5) in eight tries since 1996.

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