“He’s probably the best quarterback to ever play the game and to have four interceptions on him is unbelievable for us,” Lee said. “It just shows the type of work we’ve been putting in in practice.”
Dallas (4-8) rushed for a season-high 217 yards and scored 20 points off the turnovers — enough to give interim coach Jason Garrett his third win in four games. Tashard Choice finished with 100 yards on 19 carries.
Manning did rally the Colts twice, though.
But Javarris James scored on a 1-yard run and Taj Smith scored off a blocked punt, giving the Colts their first lead, 28-27, with 12:56 to go.
Jon Kitna then took Dallas on its most time-consuming drive of the season, 10 minutes and 18 seconds, and got a big break when Colts defensive lineman Eric Foster was called for leverage when Buehler kicked the go-ahead field goal.
Dallas got a first-and-goal, and Kitna eventually connected with Jason Witten for a 2-yard TD pass and hooked up with Roy Williams on the 2-point conversion to make it 35-28.
Manning still had some magic left in his right arm.
He went to Wayne seven times on Indy’s final drive of regulation, and James tied it on a 2-yard run with 21 seconds to go.
In overtime, Manning had two chances to win it.
“You get challenged in the NFL every week and really get challenged every play,” Garrett said. “Certainly when you come to this place, against that team and that quarterback and those (pass) rushers, it’s going to be an all-day sucker for us. It didn’t surprise me that their team battled back and overcame some adversities, and we had to do the same to win this game.
NOTES: Manning had his 62nd 300-yard game, tying Brett Favre for No. 2 all time. Only Dan Marino (63) has more. … Scandrick left the game with a concussion and did not return. Receiver Dez Bryant fractured his right ankle. … Indy cornerback Jerraud Powers hurt his right arm and missed the second half. … Garcon caught five passes on Indy’s first scoring drive and seven passes in the first half. His previous career high was seven receptions against Houston on Nov. 1.
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