The Indianapolis Colts were overwhelmed at the line of scrimmage again, and the swarming Minnesota defense frequently pounded Peyton Manning into the Metrodome turf. But Manning finished with 311 yards and moved Adam Vinatieri in position for the winning field goal with 3 seconds left, leading Indianapolis to an 18-15 victory on Sunday after Minnesota led 15-0 late in the third quarter.
"We played a lot of man, got in their face, got a lot of pressure, but it wasn't enough," said Antoine Winfield, who had one of Manning's two interceptions. "He's been around. He's seen it all. You can never rattle him, I don't think."
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Not since his rookie season in 1998 had Manning and the Colts started a season 0-2.
"That's one of the most satisfying wins I've had, definitely, since I've been in Indianapolis," Coach Tony Dungy said.
The Vikings (0-2) wasted a more dominant defense, done in by a handful of critical lapses and repeated failures to figure out that pesky old forward pass. Adrian Peterson rushed for 118 of his 160 yards in the first half, and Minnesota was across midfield on its first eight possessions. The prize for that? Five field goals by Ryan Longwell and three punts.
Cardinals 31, Dolphins 10: Kurt Warner completed 19 of 24 for 361 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions, and Anquan Boldin caught all three scores, a career high as the Cardinals moved to 2-0 for the first time in 17 years.
In all, Boldin had six receptions for 140 yards, a franchise-record 22nd time he's passed the century mark. Larry Fitzgerald, meanwhile, caught six for 153 yards, his 14th 100-yard game. It was the sixth time the pair had topped 100 yards in the same game.
Warner had a perfect 158.3 passer rating for the third time in his career, tying Peyton Manning for the NFL record.
Arizona's Edgerrin James gained 55 yards on 18 carries to become the 14th player in NFL history to surpass 15,000 career yards from scrimmage.