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Cowboys 38, Colts 35, OT

INDIANAPOLIS — Suddenly, Peyton Manning is getting it all wrong.

Miscommunications. Errant throws. Poor decisions.

Dallas returned two of Manning's four interceptions for scores Sunday and used the last one to set up David Buehler's 38-yard field goal for a 38-35 overtime win. The Cowboys also rushed for a season-high 217 yards.

Just another bad day for Indianapolis and its franchise quarterback.

"It isn't good when you're having to ask which one is it," Manning joked in the postgame news conference. "I don't make any excuses. I'm continuing to throw, I'll keep throwing. I hope I throw it to our guys."

For the first time, Manning has 11 interceptions in a three-week span. Four have been returned for scores, and he has thrown four picks in back-to-back weeks for the first time.

His top target, four-time Pro Bowl receiver Reggie Wayne, caught 14 passes for 200 yards, both career highs, and scored one touchdown.

Dallas didn't need big-name defenders to dent Manning, though. Third-year cornerback Orlando Scandrick and rookie backup linebacker Sean Lee ran interceptions back for touchdowns.

In overtime, Lee intercepted a third-and-1 pass intended for tight end Jacob Tamme. Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins, a former USF star, deflected it to Lee, who took it back 13 yards to the Colts 36. Six plays later, Buehler won it.

"He's probably the best quarterback to ever play the game and to have four interceptions on him is unbelievable for us," Lee said.

Manning posted one reminder of why he draws such praise, and why his current form is so shocking: his 62nd 300-yard passing game tied Brett Favre for No. 2 all time. Only Dan Marino (63) has more.

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Cowboys 38, Colts 35, OT 12/05/10 [Last modified: Sunday, December 5, 2010 11:23pm]
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