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Hart does the job as Colts hand Chiefs first loss

Peyton Manning did not have a touchdown pass or throw for 300 yards, but back-up running back Mike Hart came to the rescue.

INDIANAPOLIS // Peyton Manning did not have a touchdown pass or throw for 300 yards, but back-up running back Mike Hart came to the rescue as the Indianapolis Colts handed the Kansas City Chiefs their first loss. 

Hart, who took over when Joseph Addai was injured in the third quarter, scored the game's only touchdown with four minutes left to play. He found a crease in the Chiefs defence, crashed through three players and scored from 11 yards out to give the Colts (3-2) a 19-9 victory on Sunday.

The result left the NFL without a 4-0 team for the first time since 1970. "It's moments like this that you don't get all the time and when they pop, you try to take advantage of it," Hart said. "It's fun." Hart carried 11 times for 50 yards, both career highs. 

"Mike did a great job," Manning said after going 26-of-44 for 244 yards and one interception. "He had an interesting week practice wise. "He got injured during the week and didn't know quite what was going to happen. Next thing you know, he comes out and does a heck of a job for us.

"That's why you've got to have depth. Everybody's got to be ready at any time." The Chiefs (3-1) were the NFL's last unbeaten team and brought a defence that had not allowed more than 14 points in a game all season. 

"We're a team trying to transition into becoming a good team. We're not there," Todd Haley, the Chiefs coach, said. "If we had won this game, I'd be saying the same thing. Good is much bigger than four games. Good is measured a little differently, but we are transitioning and we are making progress."