The Washington Times-Herald

Indianapolis Colts

October 5, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS-GREEN BAY PACKERS PREGAME

INDIANAPOLIS — The game -- Green Bay Packers (2-2, 1-0 NFC North) at Indianapolis Colts (1-2, 0-1 AFC South), 1 p.m. (EST), Lucas Oil Stadium (FieldTurf), Indianapolis, Ind.

Coverage -- Fox Sports (Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin); Colts Radio Network (Bob Lamey, Will Wolford, Kevin Lee); Sirius NFL Radio (Channel 112, Colts; Channel 92, Packers); XM NFL Radio (Channel 231, Colts).

The coaches -- Colts: Bruce Arians, interim (0-0, 1st year). Packers: Mike McCarthy (69-36, 7th year with Green Bay).

The series -- 42nd regular-season meeting. Series is tied, 20-20-1. The Colts are 12-8-1 in home games with Green Bay. Indianapolis and the Packers have split their last four meetings, with the Colts winning 41-38 at the RCA Dome in 1997 and 45-31 in 2004. Green Bay won 26-24 in 2000 and 34-14 in 2008, both games being played at Lambeau Field. The Colts have won four of the past seven games: 1985 (37-10, Hoosier Dome), 1988 (20-13, Lambeau Field), 1997 and 2004. The Colts franchise was 3-0 against Green Bay at the Hoosier/RCA Dome. Sundays game is the first-ever meeting between the two franchises at Lucas Oil Stadium. The last two home meetings have been memorable and have both ended up as victories for the Colts. The 1997 Indianapolis team finished 3-13 but beat the Packers on a 20-yard field goal by Cary Blanchard as time expired. Colts quarterback Paul Justin completed 24-of-30 passes for 340 yards and one touchdown and running back Marshall Faulk rushed for 116 yards on 17 carries. Green Bay's Brett Favre completed 18-of-25 passes for 363 yards, three touchdowns and had two passes intercepted. Seven years later, Indianapolis won yet another home-field shootout as quarterback Peyton Manning began the game with 22 straight pass attempts. Manning threw for 393 yards and five first-half touchdowns. Favre threw for 358 yards and four TDs and the Packers rallied from an 18-point halftime deficit to within a touchdown. The game started with five touchdown passes in the first 11 minutes, three by Manning and two by Favre. Indianapolis did not have a running play in the first quarter.

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