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Simulation: Indianapolis Colts begin the season with a win

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Editor’s Note: This is a simulation and it doesn’t mean that this will be the score in the contest when the game is played. In addition, the players in this simulation may not play in the actual game.

The New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts are going to kick off the 2007 NFL season this evening from the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Ind. The Colts get to host this game after defeating the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.

In our whatifsports.com simulation, the Colts will defeat the Saints, 38-28, to begin the season. The Saints would drop to 0-1, while the Colts move to 1-0.

Joseph Addai (Getty Images)

Joseph Addai (Getty Images)

The Colts had the ball for 35 minutes and 49 seconds, while the Saints had it for 24 minutes and 11 seconds. They also out gained the Saints 463-430.

Colts signal caller Peyton Manning went 18-of-21 for 309 yards with four touchdowns.

Joseph Addai had 88 rushing yards and a touchdown, while Kenton Keith added 52-yards. Luke Lawton had 12-yards and Dallas Clark contributed two-yards.

Reggie Wayne had 95 yards and two touchdowns, while Marvin Harrison had 82 yards. Adlai contributed 69 receiving yards and a touchdown, while Anthony Gonzalez added 30 yards and a touchdown. Clark had 23-yards and Craphonso Thorpe had 10-yards.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees went 17 of 28 for 327 yards and four touchdowns, as well.

Aaron Stecker led the Saints running attack with 54 yards, while Reggie Bush added 40 yards. Pierre Thomas had 10-yards, while Brees had five and Lance Moore had three.

Marques Colston had 178 receiving yards with a touchdown and David Patten had 58 yards and two touchdowns. Devery Henderson and Eric Johnson had 23 receiving yards each. Moore added 20 yards and a touchdown and Bush had 16-yards. Thomas also had nine receiving yards.

Roman Harper led the Saints defense with nine tackles, while Jason Craft had eight and Kendrick Clancy had seven. Jason David have five tackles and Hollis Thomas had four tackles. Jason Bullocks and Mark Simoneau each had three tackles.

Bob Sanders and Freddy Keiaho led the Colts with four tackles each. Robert Mathis had three tackles and a sack, while Marlin Jackson and Kelvin Hayden also had three tackles. Matt Giordano, Antoine Bethea, Tyjuan Hagler and Quinn Pitcock had two tackles each.

Manning was the player of the game for his performance.

Adlai scored on a 64-yard touchdown reception from Manning for the final touchdown in the game, as the Colts led 38-28. The Saints got it within three when Patten caught a 22-yard touchdown from Brees to make it 31-28.

Adam Vinateri connected on a 24-yard field goal to make it 31-21. Wayne also caught a five-yard touchdown from Manning in the fourth quarter, as the Colts led 28-21.

Patten made it 21 all when he caught a 24-yard touchdown at 5:04 in the third quarter. Wayne gave the Colts a 21-14 lead when he caught a 12-yard touchdown from Manning at 9:43.

Colston caught an 88-yard touchdown to tie the game at 14 all just seconds into the quarter.

Each team scored a touchdown in the second quarter, as Gonzalez caught a 14-yard touchdown from Manning as the Colts led 14-0. Moore cut the lead to 14-7 when he caught a 10-yard touchdown from Brees.

Addai scored on a 19-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter, as the Colts led 7-0.

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