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Published: Tuesday, Oct. 22 2013 12:09 p.m. MDT

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Andrew Luck, Colts spoil Peyton Manning's return to Indianapolis

Denver Broncos' quarterback Peyton Manning returned to Indianapolis Sunday night to face his former team, the Colts, in one of the most anticipated match-ups of the year. With Colts' owner Jim Irsay's controversial comments on Manning's years with Indianapolis and the endless talk of Colts' quarterback Andrew Luck becoming the next Peyton Manning, the battle between the two teams had emotions running high.

Before the game started, the Indianapolis crowd gave Manning a standing ovation, showing appreciation for all he did for the Colts' organization. As the spotlight was on Manning, he removed his helmet and acknowledged the fans that supported him for so many years. It was a special moment for football fans everywhere.

But that moment was short-lived as the spotlight shifted to Luck. He put on a dominating performance in handing the Broncos their first loss of the season. Luck threw for 228 yards and three touchdowns and ran for an extra score to lead the Colts to the 39-33 win. Luck's composure and poise was extremely impressive, and made it hard to doubt that he has the ability to be one of the greatest to ever play the game.

At the beginning of the season, the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, and Denver Broncos were the most popular Super Bowl picks for this season. So far, Luck has led the Colts to wins over each one of them. It's hard to not consider Indianapolis as a Super Bowl contender with such convincing wins. With the win, they improve to 5-2, and are fully confident in their franchise quarterback.
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