INDIANAPOLIS -- Tony Dungy grabbed the game ball in his right hand, raised it and pumped it toward the crowd in relief Sunday. It was a rare emotional outburst for the usually stoic Indianapolis Colts coach. Who could blame him?
The Colts' defense had a late goal line stand after Jim Sorgi threw two touchdown passes to give Dungy a 17-13 victory three days after he returned to the team following his oldest son's funeral in Tampa.
Indianapolis (14-2) set a single-season franchise record for victories by avoiding its first three-game losing streak since midway through the 2002 season. Dungy earned his 107th career victory - and perhaps his most emotional.
Before the game, the Colts had a moment of silence in honor of 18-year-old James Dungy, who was found unresponsive Dec. 22 in his Tampa-area apartment. The Colts coach spent pregame warmups shaking hands and walking around the field with his other teenage son, Eric, who retrieved kicking tees during the game. Dungy left the team Dec. 22 and returned Thursday.
When Dungy walked onto the field before introductions, he received a standing ovation and waved to the crowd.
With little else to play for - the Colts had already wrapped up the AFC's top seed and the Cardinals (5-11) were eliminated from the playoffs - Arizona quarterback Josh McCown struggled to solve a defense missing about half its regular starters.
McCown, possibly in his final game as a Cardinal, completed 31 of 42 passes for 297 yards and one touchdown. But he couldn't get in on fourth-and-goal from the Indy 1 in the final minute. Officials ruled it a touchdown, then reversed the call on replay, changing it to a fumble that backup linebacker Rob Morris recovered to seal the game.
Anquan Boldin caught eight passes and Larry Fitzgerald six to each top 100 receptions and become the first duo of 100-reception receivers on the same team since the 2000 Denver Broncos. The 1995 Detroit Lions are the only other team to achieve that feat.
Neil Rackers also kicked two field goals to break the NFL record for most field goals in a season with 40. Miami's Olindo Mare set the previous record (39) in 1999, and St. Louis' Jeff Wilkins tied it in 2003.
But that wasn't enough even against a Colts team that deactivated Edgerrin James, limited two-time MVP Peyton Manning to one series and receivers Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne to two series.
Sorgi led the Colts on a 49-yard touchdown drive on his second series, throwing 14 yards to Ben Utecht for a 7-0 lead. Sorgi was 21-of-31 for 207 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
The Cardinals responded with Rackers' 28-yard field goal early in the second quarter.
James Darling picked off Sorgi's next pass, returning it to the Indy 7, but McCown gave it right back, getting intercepted by Gilbert Gardner at the goal line. The Colts then drove 57 yards to set up Mike Vanderjagt's 44-yard field goal. That made it 10-3 at the half.
Sorgi then threw a 17-yard TD pass to Troy Walters on the Colts' opening possession of the third quarter. The Cardinals closed the gap to 17-13 when McCown hit Fitzgerald on a 25-yard touchdown pass and Rackers made a 42-yard field goal for the record-breaker.