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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Colts, you did it!!

The frustration is over. The vaunted Patriots have been defeated.

Colts head coach Tony Dungy reacts with the fans after the win. - Sam Riche / The Star

It took a special second-half comeback and a two-minute drive, but Peyton Manning and the Colts are going to the Super Bowl. Stepping over recent history, a hated nemesis and an inept first half, Manning and the Colts dispatched the New England Patriots 38-34 in the first AFC Championship Game to be held in Indianapolis. It will be the Colts’ first Super Bowl trip since the team moved here in 1984.Getting the ball at his own 20 with 2:17 left and trailing 34-31, Manning drove the Colts 80 yards. Joseph Addai scored on third-and-2 from 3, and Adam Vinatieri hit the extra point to put the Colts up 38-34 with 1:00 left. Marlin Jackson intercepted Tom Brady with about 20 seconds left to clinch the game.The game-winning drive lasted 1 minute, 17 seconds and took seven plays, the biggest a 32-yard completion to Bryan Fletcher.The Colts trailed 21-6 at halftime, but Manning led three consecutive touchdown drives in the second half, tying the game at 21 and again at 28.Rookie Stephen Gostkowski made a 28-yard field goal with 7:42 to play for New England, but Vinatieri answered with a 36-yard field goal with 5:31 left.Gostkowski’s 43-yarder with 3:49 to play put New England up 34-31.In the postseason for the seventh time in the past eight years, the Colts beat New England and coach Bill Belichick after two playoff losses to the Patriots in the past three years, both on the road.The victory was vindication for the elegance of the Manning-led passing attack, which set numerous NFL records during the past few regular seasons only to watch the Patriots and Brady march to three Super Bowl victories in the past five years.All of that was washed away in sea of screaming, blue-clad fans Sunday evening in the RCA Dome.Super Bowl XLI is scheduled for a 6 p.m. kickoff on Feb. 4 in Miami. The Colts face the Chicago Bears, who beat New Orleans 39-14 at Solider Field Sunday afternoon. The Bears are quarterbacked by Rex Grossman, who led Bloomington South to an Indiana high school state title in 1998.

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Beth said...


BStrong said...

Congrats! That was one hell of a game. Down 18-3 against the Pats, I thought the game was over.

What a come back.

Go Colts!

BStrong said...

Sorry, that was 21-3.

Mauz, did you have any trouble picking Jeff up from off the floor?

Debra said...

Congrats. Thought of you as I watched the game. I am not a football fan but a friend of ours, brother, is a photographer and he was on the side lines and asked him to help with it so that was neat to see him there. What a game that had to be to watch from the side lines.

Glad you got the win...