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NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Peyton Manning visited his hometown Sunday
night and humiliated his dad's old team.

Manning became the first NFL quarterback in more than a decade
to throw six touchdown passes in a game, setting a team record and
leading the Indianapolis Colts past the New Orleans Saints 55-21.

"It was fun. Anytime you throw six, sure that's fun," said
Manning, who entered with a season total of three TDs. "It was
just good execution. We were executing well even when we got

That wasn't too often.

The Colts -- 4-0 for the first time in seven seasons -- piled on
the most points the Saints have allowed since a 62-7 loss to
Atlanta in 1973.

"We didn't play well," Saints coach Jim Haslett said. "That's
all there was to it."

Manning went 20-of-25 for 314 yards, with TD tosses that covered
17, 14, 79, 12, 32 and 11 yards -- all in three quarters.

Marvin Harrison caught six passes for 158 yards and three of the

With his father, Archie, watching in the stands, Manning fell
just short of the NFL record for most touchdown passes in a game --
seven, shared by five players: Sid Luckman, Adrian Burk, George
Blanda, Y.A. Tittle and Joe Kapp.

Manning is the first quarterback to throw six in a game since
Mark Rypien did it for the Washington Redskins against Atlanta on
Nov. 10, 1991.

Manning was typically modest after his impressive outing.

"I got good protection. The guys were open," he said. "I know
that's boring, but I don't take it for granted. It was our night."

He grew up attending games in the Superdome and cheering for the
Saints. Archie Manning is the only New Orleans quarterback to go to
the Pro Bowl.

How dominant was Indianapolis on both sides of the ball? It took
a 14-0 lead before the Saints (1-3) had a single first down.

The Saints, already down five defensive starters, lost two more
Sunday. Cornerback Tebucky Jones and defensive end Kenny Smith are
out indefinitely with knee injuries, while returner Michael Lewis
also left the game with a groin injury.

On the second play of the game, Saints wide receiver Donte'
Stallworth batted a pass into the air, and then into Jim Nelson's
hands. Three plays later, Manning hit Ricky Williams for a 17-yard
touchdown pass to put Indianapolis up 7-0.

On the Colts' second possession, Manning hit Harrison for a
14-yard score to go up 14-0.

Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks completed 16 of 28 passes for
166 yards with two interceptions. Deuce McAllister carried 17 times
for 101 yards.

In the second quarter, the Saints bit on a play-action fake and
Manning found Harrison again. The pass covered 18 yards in the air,
and Harrison outran everyone for another 61 yards to make it 21-0.

"Once we got momentum, it was like a shark in the water, and we
kept going," Colts coach Tony Dungy said. "We didn't feel like we
were going to score 55 coming in."

Indianapolis hadn't scored so many since a 55-23 victory over
Denver in 1988.

New Orleans finally scored on John Carney's 38-yard field goal
to make it 21-3 with 6:04 left in the first half. The Colts
answered with a 41-yard FG by Mike Vanderjagt.

Then the Saints scored their first touchdown, a 1-yard run by
McAllister, to make it 24-10 at halftime.

Indianapolis opened the second half with a 42-yard Vanderjagt
field goal. Then Brooks was sacked and fumbled, and Manning threw a
12-yard touchdown pass to Dominic Rhodes to put the Colts up 34-10
with 8{ minutes left in the third quarter.

Carney's 43-yard field goal made it 34-13. Manning added a
32-yarder to Harrison and an 11-yarder to Dallas Clark putting
Indianapolis up 48-13 at the end of the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Brooks was sacked and fumbled. Dwight
Freeney picked up the ball and ran 19 yards for a touchdown that
made it 55-13.

Saints backup quarterback Todd Bouman threw an 11-yard touchdown
pass to Jerome Pathon in the fourth quarter, and a 2-point
conversion made it 55-21.

By then, though, the outcome was not in doubt, and Brock Huard
finished up for the Colts. It was the first time since the 2001
season that someone other than Manning threw a pass for the team.

Game notes
The Colts last beat New Orleans on Sept. 30, 1973. ...
Harrison had only one TD catch this season entering Sunday. ...
Carney's seven points lift his career total to 1,353, moving him
past Hall of Famer Lou Groza for 15th in NFL history.

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