(CHARLOTTE, NC) - The Indianapolis Colts survived a sluggish start to pound the Carolina Panthers 31-7 in Charlotte.
The Panthers took the opening kickoff and held the ball for eleven minutes, driving 80 yards to take a 7-0 lead.
The Colts struggled but managed to take a 10-7 advantage to halftime when Joseph Addai ran for the first of his three touchdowns on the day late in the second quarter.
The Colts poured it on in the second half, outscoring Carolina 21-0 over the final 30 minutes.
It was a record-setting day for a pair of Colts on Sunday. Peyton manning hit Reggie Wayne on a 59-yard bomb for a touchdown in the third quarter. It was Manning's 288th career touchdown pass and moved him past Hall-of-Famer John Unitas for the Colts' franchise record.
The victory was the 74th for Head Coach Tony Dungy since he came to Indianapolis in 2002. With the win, he breaks a three-way tie he had with Hall-of-Famer Don Shula and Ted Marchibroda as the Colts' winningest head coach.
The colts improve to 7-and-0 and will face 8-and-0 New England Sunday at the RCA Dome.
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