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Transcript: (Colts) Peyton Manning Postgame Press Conference - 11/21/2010

Q: Talk us through the last play. Were you and Pierre Garcon on the same page there?

PM: Yeah. Yeah. Bad throw.

Q: It looked like you might have got hit [on that play]. Were you bumped?

PM: I don't think so. I certainly didn't get everything on the throw that I wanted. We had the matchup that I wanted and I took a shot at the end zone and I just did not - I can't tell [you] the reason - [but] I just did not get everything I wanted on the throw.

Q: Which matchup were you looking at?

PM: The Pierre one-on-one on [Devin] McCourty versus press coverage.

Q: Communication is usually a strong point for you guys. Did you feel like there were some issues?

PM: I don't think so. I made a poor decision on the one down the right sideline. Pierre ran the right route, and I kind of made the wrong read, wrong decision. And the same on another in-route - I think that's what you're talking about - Pierre did the right thing. New England was moving their coverages. They were really mixing them up and moving them around. I had a couple of misreads on the coverages, so it wasn't anything on Pierre, that's for sure. Pierre made a couple of big, huge plays during the second half.

Q: Did you have any flashbacks to last year?

PM: Certainly felt like it, yeah. Certainly felt like it. I'm just sick about not extending the game. There's just no excuse just not to extend the game there and give [Adam] Vinatieri a chance for a field goal. Certainly, we were going for the win. We had some time, had some timeouts and felt like we had a good play call. [It was] just a poor throw and it's really sickening.

Q: You've had a few games come down to the wire on last drives. Is any of this related to the injury problems that you've had and the things you do to prepare?

PM: Talking just about this game?

Q: Like the two-minute drills. Is there anything as far as preparation that is lacking?

PM: I really wouldn't say [so]. I think you'd have to say we were in two-minute drive the whole fourth quarter. I think I'd have to say we did pretty good up until that last play. We scored. We had a chance to score three touchdowns in, I don't know, seven minutes. So, I would argue your point there. I think certainly some of the guys that are not playing are part of the reason that we're having to come from behind, because we aren't doing enough good things in the first three quarters. But, we had two chances to win both of those games and didn't get it done. No excuses. [If] you have the opportunity to do it and you don't it, then it's disappointing and I take the responsibility.

Q: There are new guys on the Patriots defense. Can you tell me what you saw from them?

PM: You've probably seen them all season. They have good players. They have good players and they did a good job kind of holding us early in the game. We got a little momentum there at the end of the first half and then they held us [at] the beginning of the third quarter. So, that was obviously good enough to win. It was disappointing that we couldn't kind of have that rhythm and offensive momentum all four quarters. It was just a little too spotty and it just made it tough.

Q: How much did losing Austin Collie early in the game affect your game plan?

PM: I don't know. It looked like I threw two touchdowns to the guy that came in for him. So, I don't really know if you were watching the same game out there, but it really affected nothing. I went right to the guy that came in for him on a couple of critical plays and Blair [White] did a heck of a job. Whoever's in there [has] got to be accountable and certainly Blair came in there and did a heck of a job.

Q: Tom Brady talks about seeing you from the sidelines; seeing your ability to lead the team down the field and how that puts pressure on him to come out the next series and do the same thing. How do you feel when you are watching him?

PM: Well we certainly felt like we had to score points tonight to win the game and have a chance. Three interceptions [are] just inexcusable, against a good offense like that. It gave them short field on the first one and then just in the second half, when you're playing from behind, it just kills a series. Anytime you're playing against Tom and that offense, you feel like you do have to score points and we got some momentum there in the end, but we would have liked to have kept it a little more even-keel throughout the game and not to have had to been in such an up-tempo mode, [coming] from behind. Every play is just a lot of pressure on you in the fourth quarter because you feel like you're just playing against the clock as well. Those are tough circumstances to play in. We did a good job until the end; had a chance to win it and [it's] just sickening that we didn't have a chance to extend the game.

Q: What did happen on the last play?

PM: Like I said earlier, I think I just didn't get everything on the throw that I wanted to. It came up short and [James] Sanders was right there. So, I would have liked to have thrown the ball further.

Q: Will you spend a good portion over the next 24 hours agonizing about that one?

PM: I haven't really thought about what I was going to do the next 24 hours at this point. If you're asking if I'm stewing about it right now, the answer would be yes.

Q: What is it about this series between the Colts and Patriots? It seems every game is like this. How do you explain it?

PM: It's hard to give a whole definition. I do think you got players on both teams that have a lot of pride and either they've been behind or we've been behind. It seems like we've been behind more, having to come from behind and come back and this is really... It feels kind of like the one seven years ago when we were behind, had a chance there at the end to come back and we didn't do it. So, it's extremely disappointing. But they're an excellent team and when you make mistakes, like I made tonight, it's usually hard to overcome and win. Certainly we had a chance, but I put our team in the hole. I made it tough all night.

Q: Do you feel at least a little relieved that you are through the toughest part of the season, with four of your last six games at home?

PM: I haven't thought a lot about that. We have not been good enough on the road this year. All four of our losses are on the road. That's disappointing. We've been a good road team in years past. Usually, to be the kind of team that you really want to be, you have to be able to win on the road. So, we have to do a better job of that. We do have two home games coming up. We're playing an excellent team [San Diego], a hot team - they're as hot as anybody - next Sunday at home. So, we'll need to regroup and try to play better. But certainly, our next road game, we're going to have to play better than we've played the last few times.

Q: Can you shed some light on how challenging it has been dealing with all the injuries this season?

PM: Really, I've addressed it. I don't like talking about it. It just sounds like you're making excuses. It is what it is. I guess I would agree that it is challenging, but it is doable. We've just got to keep working hard and keep grinding and try to find a way to win some of these close games. It's not going to get any easier with our schedule. [We've got] some tough AFC opponents down the road here in November and December and we're going to have our work cut out for us.

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