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Gannon's three TDs spark comeback

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Rich Gannon's instincts were as quick as his feet.

The 34-year-old quarterback, coming off his first Pro Bowl appearance in 12 years in the NFL, rushed for a career-high three touchdowns as Oakland overcame a 21-0 deficit and beat the Indianapolis Colts 38-31 Sunday.

Tory James intercepts a pass in the end zone intended for Colts wideout Jerome Pathon to seal Oakland's comeback win.

"It was hard to hear all the protection calls," he said of the deafening noise from the raucous RCA Dome crowd. "So we had to make adjustments. We completed a couple of big passes, and I think they became more worried about our pass than our run."

Big mistake by the Colts.

"One of the touchdown runs was designed," Gannon said. "But the other two just happened. I had to make last-minute decisions, and fortunately they were the right ones."

The three rushing touchdowns were a record for a Raiders quarterback and the most by an opposing quarterback against the Colts since Green Bay's Tobin Rote had three in 1954.

Tyrone Wheatley also rushed for two TDs for the Raiders (2-0), who scored 24 points in the third quarter, took a 38-24 lead on Wheatley's second touchdown midway through the final period and held off the Colts (1-1) in the closing minutes.

Gannon had never rushed for more than one touchdown in any game.

"Our pass rush was not good," Colts coach Jim Mora said. "He had a lot of time back there, he's a good athlete, he scrambled and we weren't able to get him down before he hurt us."

Gannon, who has rushed for 15 touchdowns in his career, was 15-for-22 for 207 yards passing and carried 10 times for 37 yards.

This was another game that went back and forth, similar to the Jacksonville-Baltimore game.

Peyton Manning was exceptional early, throwing for 367 yards overall. But Oakland hung in there, scoring 31 unanswered points to rally for the victory. The Colts had a chance to tie it late in the game, but on a fourth-and-25 they were unsuccessful.

Rich Gannon did a great job for Oakland being a leader in the second half with some of his throws and scrambles -- he rushed for three touchdowns and was able to bring the Raiders back.

This is a significant win for Oakland because it was a road game against one of the teams that people feel is a team to beat in the AFC.

Peyton Manning, who threw touchdown passes to Marcus Pollard and Edgerrin James in the first half, brought the Colts within seven with four minutes to go on a 50-yard completion to Marvin Harrison. Indianapolis got the ball back after an Oakland punt, and the Colts reached the 34 before a fourth-down pass to Harrison was intercepted by Tory James in the end zone with a minute to go.

Manning was 33-for-48 for 367 yards -- but just 8-for-18 for 129 yards in the Colts' dismal second half.

"They came with a different defense and it took us a little while to communicate at the line. We had a couple of missed assignments," Manning said. "We really did (feel a change of momentum). In the third quarter, we couldn't get much going. You've got to give them credit, though. They made the plays. But we certainly helped that by not executing."

The game-ending interception by James was his second of the game. He returned an earlier theft 25 yards in the third quarter to set up the third TD run by Gannon, tying the game at 24.

The Colts went three-and-out on the next series, then a 34-yard pass from Gannon to Andre Rison set up a 6-yard scoring run by Wheatley that gave the Raiders their first lead with 41 seconds left in the third quarter. Wheatley also scored from the 1 on the Raiders' first possession of the final period.

"Rich did a good job of putting down the ball and getting some big yards for us," Raiders coach Jon Gruden said. "He made some good adjustments and made some big plays.

"We showed great confidence in our running and passing in the second half."

The Colts scored on their first three possessions, when Manning completed 14 straight passes after missing on the first play of the game.

A 10-yard pass to Harrison and a 15-yard run by Edgerrin James set up a 13-yard completion to Pollard for the first touchdown on the opening series. Continuing to use his tight ends as receivers, Manning passed 17 yards to Ken Dilger on the next possession, and three plays later hit Dilger again for 5 yards before James ran the final 6 for the touchdown.

A 9-yard pass to Dilger, a 10-yard completion to Harrison -- a play the Colts successfully challenged after it initially was ruled he had trapped the ball -- and a roughing-the-passer penalty on the Raiders' Regan Upshaw helped the Colts to the Oakland 10. Two plays later, James caught a 10-yard pass for his second touchdown and a 21-0 lead early in the second period.

Gannon scored his first touchdown on a 3-yard run late in the second quarter and his second on a 7-yard carry on the first possession of the third period. A fumble by Dilger set up a 24-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski midway through the quarter, and the Raiders tied it on a 6-yard run by Gannon three plays after the first interception by James.

Game notes
It was Oakland's first regular-season game in Indianapolis, leaving Jacksonville and Minnesota as the only NFL teams that have never played in the RCA Dome. Both of those teams will play here later in the season. ... Harrison, playing despite a sore shoulder, caught 10 passes for 141 yards. It was his 62nd straight game with at least one reception, tying him with Jessie Hester for second behind Marshall Faulk's club-record 77 consecutive games. ... Oakland DT Darrell Russell, quoted earlier in the week as saying Manning has never won a "big game," had three tackles and one of two sacks against Manning.

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