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Colts Take 27-9 Lead Against Detroit

November 25, 2004

DETROIT (AP) _ Colts quarterback Peyton Manning set an NFL record by throwing at least four touchdown passes in a fifth straight game, getting four in the first half Thursday against the Detroit Lions and putting Indianapolis ahead 27-9 at halftime.

Dan Marino had a four-game streak in 1984, when he also set a league mark with 48 TD passes in a season, another milestone Manning is chasing.

Manning connected with Brandon Stokley for scores three times, then broke Marino’s record with a TD pass to Marvin Harrison to help the Colts take a halftime lead. He has thrown at least three touchdowns in the first half in five of 11 games this season.

Through 10 games, Manning leads the NFL with 35 TDs, two more than his previous career best, 2,960 yards passing and a passer rating of 122.2.

Colts coach Tony Dungy said if his quarterback was focused on the record, he could’ve thrown for even more scores this season.

``We go to the line of scrimmage all the time with a run-pass option. He can call a pass on every play,″ Dungy said.

The Colts are 7-3.

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