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Colts Take Lead On Raiders: Jacoby Ford Returns Opening Kickoff For Touchdown, Peyton Manning Strikes Back

It’s a good thing Jacoby Ford scooped up the opening kickoff and took it 99 yards for a touchdown, because the Oakland Raiders have done absolutely nothing on offense. In the first quarter they picked up eight yards and zero first downs on three drives. Jason Campbell completed one pass for one yard. Perhaps it’s the feeling that this game is meaningless, because the Raiders probably came in recognizing that their season would be ending in Week 17 as Kansas City had their game well in hand against Tennessee.

The Colts struggled early on against the Oakland defense, but Peyton Manning eventually righted the ship, finding Jacob Tamme, Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon for first down throws, tying the game with a six yard touchdown run by Joseph Addai. On the subsequent drive, Manning found Tamme twice and Wayne once, but the drive stalled in the red zone and they kicked an Adam Vinatieri field goal to give the Colts their first lead of the game at 10-7.

For more on the game, check out the Raiders SB Nation site Silver and Black Pride gamethread.