- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 22, 2009

MIAMI | While the Miami Dolphins’ celebrities were making a Hollywood-style grand entrance, Peyton Manning slipped in a side door.

Manning threw two touchdown passes to take some sheen off the Dolphins’ glitzy makeover under new owner Stephen Ross, and the Indianapolis Colts came from behind four times to win 27-23 Monday night.

The Dolphins rolled out an orange carpet for the pregame arrival of Ross’ celebrity partners. The crowd included Serena and Venus Williams, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez, Jimmy Buffett and Colts rooter Tiger Woods.

But Manning stole the show with touchdown passes of 80 yards to Dallas Clark and 48 yards to Pierre Garcon. The first score came on the first play from scrimmage, the latter with 3:18 left for the game’s final points.

Manning finished 14-for-23 for 303 yards, and the Colts improved to 2-0. The Dolphins fell to 0-2 even though they had 239 yards rushing, including 107 with the Wildcat.

Indianapolis had the ball for only 14:53, the lowest time of possession for a winning team in the NFL since 1977.

Indianapolis trailed 10-7, 13-10 and 20-13 but each time pulled even. Down 23-20 after Miami scored with 3:50 left, the Colts rallied one more time.

Manning threw completions of 15 and 17 yards, then hit Garcon with a short pass on the right side. Garcon cut to the middle, then broke back toward to the corner of the end zone to score.

Miami reached the Indianapolis 30-yard line with six seconds left, but Chad Pennington’s desperation pass was intercepted in the end zone by Antoine Bethea.

The Dolphins were 15-for-21 on third-down conversions, punted once, didn’t commit a turnover until the final play and controlled the ball for a team-record 45 minutes. They had to wonder how they lost.

The answer: Manning. He earned his 119th victory with the Colts, breaking the team record for a quarterback he shared with Johnny Unitas.

Miami’s Ronnie Brown rushed for 136 yards, including 62 in the Wildcat, taking a direct snap each time. Teammate Ricky Williams added 69 yards rushing.

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