Manning, Colts fall short in loss to Jets

On Indy’s next possession, Manning threw a bit short to White on a third-and-6 from the New York 32, setting up Vinatieri’s field goal in the final minute.

“We were certainly trying to pick up that first down at the end,” Manning said. “We thought that would certainly make them use some of their timeouts. You’d love to be able to run the clock down as much as possible and kick it with no time left if possible.”

Manning was pleased with Jacob Tamme and Blair White. Tamme, who stepped in for the injured Dallas Clark, caught five passes for 46 yards, including two key catches on the drive that set up Vinatieri’s go-ahead field goal. White, an undrafted rookie who stepped in for the injured Austin Collie, caught six passes for 54 yards.

“I don’t know how you can give them any more experience than they gained this year, playing in critical situations in critical games against some really good defenses,” Manning said. “No question, those guys will be better players for it.”

Manning was never comfortable, even after the Colts took the lead in the final minute.

“I don’t think it’s over until that last second goes off,” he said. “Once I saw the kick return, it ended up putting our defense in a short field, a tough situation. It’s a lot of pressure. It really goes from a lot of pressure on the offense to a lot of pressure on the defense.”

And, unfortunately for Manning, Sanchez put even more pressure on the Colts.

“It’s a great feeling coming back to Indy,” Sanchez said, “and getting a win against a great quarterback, a great team and a really dominant franchise.”

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