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Peyton Manning returns to Indianapolis as Denver Broncos take on Colts on 'Sunday Night Football'

by jmaloni


Fri, Oct 18th 2013 07:00 am

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos travel to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis to take on Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts as Manning, who spent 13 years as the Colts quarterback, returns to Indianapolis for the first time on "Sunday Night Football."

On Sunday, Manning will play his first game as a visiting quarterback in Indianapolis after setting all major Colts passing records, earning 11 playoff berths and winning a Super Bowl in 13 seasons with the club (1998-2010).

NBC's Tony Dungy, Manning's coach in Indy, said, "I never thought I would see him in a different uniform, and certainly wouldn't think he would be coming back playing maybe the best football of his career - undefeated and putting up such gaudy numbers. But it's going to be an emotional night, a fun night and a night where we're going to see great quarterbacking I think on both sides of the field."

NBC's Cris Collinsworth said, "There's going to be a great tribute (to Peyton Manning), but there's also going to be a great passing of the torch. Andrew Luck, if you watched him play at all, you know what a fantastic player he is - his mobility, his brainpower, his ability to do so many other things that Peyton did early in his career, and arguably even at a better level."

Calling Broncos-Colts is seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 28th season as the voice of the NFL's premier primetime package; 14-time Emmy Award-winner Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his four seasons in the "SNF" booth; and Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.

"Football Night In America," the most-watched pre-game show in sports, is hosted by 25-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas, who will report from Lucas Oil Stadium. Costas will be joined on-site by Michaels, Collinsworth and two-time Super Bowl winner Hines Ward.

Dan Patrick co-hosts "Football Night" from NBC's famed Studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. He will be joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Peter King of Sports Illustrated, Mike Florio of "Pro Football Talk" on NBCSN and NBCSports.com, and longtime NFL front office veteran and former NFL Executive of the Year Scott Pioli. Carolyn Manno will report from Arrow Head Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on the Texans-Chiefs game.

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