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Kitna Bests Manning With Clean Performance

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    Peyton Manning had more than twice as many passing yards as did Jon Kitna on Sunday, and twice the number of touchdowns, with two to Kitna’s one. But Manning also had four interceptions, where Kitna had none though, and that was a great factor in the veteran Kitna besting the perennial Pro Bowler on Sunday.

    Kitna wasn’t really spectacular against Indianapolis, but he played efficiently, and cleanly, completing 18 of 26 passes for 167 yards and the touchdown. Manning, at times, was spectacular, but made a series of costly mistakes that played no small part in Dallas’ overtime victory.

    For Cowboys’ interim head coach Jason Garrett, a man familiar with the role of backup quarterback, Kitna’s performance in place of the injured Tony Romo isn’t all that surprising.

    "Just follow his career," Garrett said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "He is from Central Washington and 50 teams overlooked him. So every year since he's been in this league, he has scrapped and competed, proving to people he can play. He still has some of that moxie that he came into the league with."

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