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AFC, Indianapolis Colts VS NFC, Chicago Bears at Dolphin Stadium  February 4, 2007 for The 2006 Super Bowl

Super Bowl XLI
 February 4, 2007




















Super Bowl XLI
Indianapolis Colts At Chicago Bears 
at Dolphin Stadium

Date: 2/4/2007

Start Time: 6:27 PM EST

Game Day Weather

Game Weather: Mostly Cloudy; Rain
Played Outdoor on Turf: Grass
Temp: 67° F (19.6° C), Humidity: 97%, Wind: North 10 mph


Referee: Tony Corrente (99)
Line Judge: Ron Marinucci (107)
Field Judge: Jim Saracino (58) 
Umpire: Carl Paganelli (124)
Side Judge: John Parry (132)
Replay Official: Mark Burns 
Head Linesman: George Hayward (54)
Back Judge: Perry Paganelli (46)

of the Colts in the past
 all disappeared
on February 4, 2007
 on a gloomy, rainy night in Miami, FL.

We've heard:

Colts can't stop the run.
Colts can't play against people who are bigger and tougher than them.
Colts are too small.
Peyton Manning can't win the big one. 
Tony Dungy can't win the big one.
Colts are built to play in a dome indoors.
Colts can't play in bad weather.
Colts can't play on grass.

"So why have Teams changed the way they play the Colts?"
- Webmaster

The Indianapolis Colts smashed every stereotype brought forth upon them on Super Bowl XVI Sunday!

The only dome teams to win a Super Bowl are the 1999 St. Louis Rams and now the 2006 Indianapolis Colts. The Colts became the first dome team to win an outdoor Super Bowl;

and not only did they win . . .

They won The Super Bowl under a steady rainfall; dominating on both sides of the ball. Furthermore, not only did The Colts win a Super Bowl in the rain, The Colts made a mockery of the big, bad, bruising NFC Chicago Bears; the league's fifth-rated defense, 29-17 to win Super Bowl XLI at rainy, soggy Dolphin Stadium in front of a dominating Bears fans crowd of 74,512.

"Tell all the haters to

 shut up!"

(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

screamed defensive end Robert Mathis, 
referring to the negativity the team had heard about its 32nd-ranked run defense.

The Colts, a playoff team five consecutive seasons and in seven of the last eight seasons, won their first Super Bowl in their 23-year history in Indianapolis, and their first since winning
Super Bowl V as the Baltimore Colts.

No more suggestions of "soft." No more snide "dome" team references. No more finesse label. No more playoff questions.

And as a final point; No more Peyton Manning can't win the big one!

Peyton Manning has climbed to the pinnacle of professional football.

What will the Peyton Manning critics have to complain about now?

Always labeled the guy who put up big numbers but couldn't win big games with his playoff failures overshadowing the fact he's the NFL's best quarterback; Manning finally silenced all doubters Sunday, completing 25-of-38 passes for 247 yards and a touchdown as the Indianapolis Colts picked apart the Chicago Bears' defense on the way to a 29-17 victory in Super Bowl XLI.

The nine-year veteran already holds the single-season record for touchdown passes (49), is the only quarterback in league history with consecutive 9-0 starts and now has a Super Bowl MVP award to go with his two NFL MVP awards along with his long list of achievements.

Manning's elusive Super Bowl ring comes with MVP award

By Skip Wood, USA TODAY

MIAMI — Peyton Manning all but blushed.

After first being the second member of his organization to hold the Super Bowl trophy he had just helped win, the Indianapolis Colts quarterback immediately was told he also had been selected as the game's Most Valuable Player.

Standing on a small podium at midfield, Manning simply nodded and appeared to suddenly look at his feet as his teammates celebrated.

Manning wasn't about to do or say anything that put himself above the play of his teammates. He may have finally won a Super Bowl in his ninth season, and done so in his first Roman numeral appearance, but Manning also was quick to point out that several other Colts easily could have been named MVP.

He used the word "team" again and again during his postgame press conference, and making a point to do so. "Our team won this game," Manning said. "The Colts won the game. &ldots; There are a lot of things that had a role in tonight's victory.

"We stuck together. We're proud to have won this championship for our leader, coach (Tony) Dungy. Everybody did their part, and it sure is a great feeling. We're definitely bringing this trophy back to Indiana."

Oddly, his manner almost was subdued. Not the slightest hint of genuine excitement.

More like relief?

After all, he finally won the big one — filling the one void that didn't necessarily haunt him but also put him in the dreaded category of Best Quarterbacks Never To Win A Super Bowl.

Asked whether this puts him a step ahead of former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino, who never did experience the Super bliss, Manning quickly shook his head.

"I don't think that's a fair comparison for Marino," he said, adding Marino is one of his all-time heroes.

So why didn't Manning appear, well, happier?

"It's all happening pretty fast right now," he said.

So it hadn't yet hit him?

This time he smiled widely.

"It's hit me," he said. "It's hit me."

His statistics were decent enough, as he completed 25 of his 38 passes for 247 yards and a touchdown, as well as an interception, but his selection as MVP possibly could at least partly have been a byproduct of sentimentality.

Consider these two other candidates:

•Not only did rookie running back Joseph Addai catch a team-high 10 passes for 66 yards, he also rushed 19 times for 77 yards.

•There also was the other running back, Dominic Rhodes, who rushed 21 times for 113 yards and a touchdown.

Both players, though, were quick to throw praise toward Manning:

Said Addai: "He understood that he had a lot of good players around him to take advantage of, so he understood that he didn't have to do it by himself, so we got the job done."

Added Rhodes: "Peyton picked some great plays. We imposed our will."

To Colts offensive coordinator Tom Moore, the victory indeed was one of synergy.

"I'm extremely happy for Peyton," he said. "I'm extremely happy for the entire football team. &ldots; The big thing (I) like to see (is) they put a lot of hard work into this, and to see great people get rewarded for hard work, that's a good feeling."

Dungy also raved about his star signal-caller.

"Peyton is a tremendous player, a great leader," Dungy said. "He prepares, he works, does everything you can do to win games and lead your team. If people think he needed to win a Super Bowl, that is just wrong. This guy is a Hall of Fame player and one of the greatest ever to play."

Manning didn't have too good of a feeling when the rain began to pick up in intensity early in the first half and never really got lighter. That's one of the reasons he constantly went to shorter routes, such as the tosses to Addai. "Obviously," he said, "the passing game wasn't going to be as sharp."

But he adapted, just as he has been forced to do following so many previous disappointments.

"That's a hard pill to swallow," he said. "You have to learn from it and watch it and realize how badly you want to be up there the next year, and it was nice to be able to hoist that trophy this year."

The doubts started when Manning was in college at Tennessee. He never beat rival Florida, and the year after he left, the Volunteers won a national

In Indianapolis, the questions continued. When he started 0-3 in the postseason, people wondered if he'd ever win a playoff game. When he finally did that, people said he couldn't beat New England. When he did that in the 2005, 2006 season and in the 2006 AFC Championship, the critics contended he still couldn't win the biggest game of all.

He did that, too. 

And when given the chance to fire back at his many critics, those who wondered if he'd ever win a ring, Manning didn't bite Sunday night. Instead, he praised his teammates, talked of a team win and kept the focus off of him.

"I've never played that card,'' Manning said.

Tony Dungy didn't hesitate to play it. His eyes glistened when asked if Manning winning a Super Bowl in his ninth season would end the criticism that the two-time NFL MVP was missing something -- a championship gene, something -- that had kept him from taking a team to a national title at the University of Tennessee or with the Colts.

"You know, I don't know,'' Dungy said. "Maybe people now will say, 'If he doesn't win two in a row, it's not good enough.'

"Peyton Manning is a tremendous player who's a great leader. He prepares, he works, he does everything that you can do to win ball games and to lead your team.''

Dungy was just getting warmed up. It was clear he took great exception to previous criticism of a quarterback who entered the game with numerous regular-season records -- 49 touchdown passes and a 121.1 rating in 2004 among them -- but was just 6-6 in the postseason and had zero Super Bowl appearances.

Manning, his coach insisted, was great long before a wet and wild Sunday night in South Florida.

"If people think you had to win a Super Bowl to know that and validate it and justify it, that's just wrong,'' Dungy said. "But he's done it. He's got that behind him. I don't think there's anything you can say now other than this guy is a Hall of Fame player, one of the greatest players to ever play the game.''

Against the Bears, Peyton Manning showed why he's so good. Manning called every single play at the line of scrimmage, according to Colts offensive coordinator Tom Moore.

If the Bears played off in Cover-2 -- with two deep safeties -- Manning called for a run or a short pass in a passing situation. If they rotated the corners up, showed blitz and a single-high safety, it meant a pass.

However, he had to haul his team back from a 14-6 first-quarter deficit, and he did it not by throwing characteristically spectacular passes. Instead, he called low-risk running plays that suited the slippery conditions, masterminded long drives, and kept the Chicago defense on the field and under pressure for extended periods.

Colts did an outstanding job using the strengths of their running backs against the Bears. With Manning and Pro Bowl receivers Reggie Wayne and Harrison stretching the defense by their reputation, Chicago dropped its safeties too deep, creating space in the middle that Rookie Joseph Addai and six-year veteran Dominic Rhodes were able to exploit.

That was the edge Colts had in this game; Joseph Addai at tailback!  I for one am so glad that Edgerrin James left the best system, coach and quarterback he'll ever have, simply to get a few dollars richer in Arizona and fall out of the Super Bowl and Hall of Fame. Before long, to fall out of existence.

Into James' position stepped Joseph Addai, a rookie from LSU who gave the Colts exactly what they needed (something James could not have provided) in their Super Bowl victory against the Bears.

This game was nasty. It was not a game for James or a back of his manner, a big bruiser who needs the ball 30 times to pound into a defense and make his mark over time. The Bears have a large, physical defensive front that would have swallowed James up.

Addai could not be swallowed. He dipped and darted and whirled in and around the Chicago defense, driving them nuts with his gnat-like movements, running for 77 yards on 19 carries.

More importantly, Addai was the receiving outlet Manning needed most, catching 10 passes out of the backfield for 66 yards. On a wet, windy day in which throwing the ball downfield was impractical, Manning carved up the Bears with small strokes, using Addai as the edge to his scalpel. Addai had twice as many catches as Sunday's next most prolific Colts receiver, Marvin Harrison, who had five.

Addai, who led all rookies in rushing during the regular season despite not starting a game, averaged a solid 4.1 yard per carry but was most dangerous on swing passes. He ran 19 times for 77 yards and had 10 receptions, more than any of his more notable teammates, for 66 yards.

The rookie's reception total was one shy of the Super Bowl record shared by Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice and two others.

Dominic Rhodes, who graciously accepted his new role as the backup in the playoffs, was even better.

He carried 21 times for a game-high 113 yards and caught one pass for eight yards. His 1-yard touchdown run put the Colts ahead to stay at 16-14 with 6:09 left in the first half, and his 36-yard dash in the third quarter set up one of Adam Vinatieri's three field goals.

"Defenses can't look to just stop one style, and that makes it harder for them."

They repeatedly ran into the middle of the wet field, challenging the Bears' strengths, and then quickly cut outside.

In fact, without Addai and Rhodes, the Colts might not have made it this far.

Former Colts running back claims no frustration over missing out on Super Bowl

"The Colts are still my team," said James, who ran for a franchise record 9,226 yards in a horseshoe helmet through 2005 before signing with Arizona last offseason. "I've been telling everybody that since midseason, it's the Colts' year."
A fan favorite known simply as Edge back in Indianapolis, he is known for his fun-loving lifestyle. So when the subject is broached about how much he would like to play in this game, he flashes those gold teeth and laughs.
"I'm having more fun now than the players," he said. "They have to get back for curfew."
He has met with several of his old buddies this week: receiver Reggie Wayne, defensive end Dwight Freeney, running back Dominic Rhodes and linebacker Cato June. The fun has to be early, before Edge Time usually gets started after midnight, because the players couldn't stay out too late.
James is asked about his season with Arizona, how the Cardinals flopped to a 5-11 record, coach Dennis Green got fired and he had to plug along behind a lousy line to gain 1,159 yards, 3.4 per carry.
He repeated his joke told to friends when they got together, "I'm loving life every day in Phoenix except for Sunday."
The wear and tear was brutal at times. But he credited his offseason strength and conditioning coach for keeping him strong.
"Don't worry. I got this covered," James said, tapping his chest. "I'm chillin'."
James will watch the Super Bowl at a private party.
Seemingly stating the obvious, the assumption is offered that he should be in this game, that he would be if the Colts hadn't let him go to free agency as a salary cap casualty.
"I'm having so much fun," he said. "You don't realize how much fun you can have as a spectator."

Star reporter Phillip B. Wilson


Along with this win, Tony Dungy secured a place in history. Dungy became the first black (African American) head coach to win a Super Bowl after he and Chicago's Lovie Smith became the first black (African American) coaches to reach the Super Bowl.

Dungy also became only the third man to win a Super Bowl ring as a player and a coach. He was a backup safety and special teams player with Pittsburgh when the Steelers won Super Bowl XIII after the 1978 season. Mike Ditka and Tom Flores also have accomplished the double feat.

Chicago Bears quarterback Rex Grossman had a forgettable night. He completed 20-of-28 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown. He also twice fumbled snaps -- losing 11 yards on one, possession on the other -- and threw a pair of interceptions, one of which was returned 56 yards by backup cornerback Kelvin Hayden for the clinching touchdown.

The play came on first down at the Bears 38-yard line. Muhsin Muhammad ran a hitch-and-go down the right sideline and Grossman threw a floater. Muhammad hadn't turned around. Colts cornerback Kelvin Hayden saw it all the way, made the interception and returned it 56 yards for a touchdown.

Hayden, the kid who grew up on the Southside of Chicago had just made the back-breaking play against a quarterback who grew up in Indiana and made it in the Super Bowl.

"Against my hometown team," Hayden said quietly. "I'm dreaming, man."

Kelvin Hayden and Marlin Jackson entered the NFL in 2005, two Big Ten cornerbacks who bunked together at training camp.

The Indianapolis Colts rookie roomies razzed each other about who would get their hands on that first interception. Jackson, the first-round pick out of Michigan, grabbed his that first season, added another in the 12th game of 2006 and a memorable third in the final minute of the AFC Championship Game to close out New England.

Hayden, a second-round pick who was converted from receiver to defensive back during his senior year at Illinois, was stuck on zero. Little did he know that when he finally came up with one, it would be the Colts' biggest defensive play of the season, one that will be replayed for years.

Hayden didn't even start the game, but when Nick Harper, who injured his left ankle early in the AFC title game against New England, tried to last as long as he could with the help of a painkiller. He had to come off late in the second quarter.

"It wore off quickly," he said.

But Hayden was one of the first to talk to him.

"I got you," he said.

Harper limped into the locker room later, ditched the crutches and proudly said of the interception return, "Oh yeah, I coached him up on that, for sure."

"He coached me up," Hayden said. "Most of us all look up to Nick. Any time I have a question, I go to Nick."

Harper said he had heard a lot about how the Bears planned to throw deep. He was insulted by it.
"That must have been one of the worst moves I've ever seen in football," he said of what the Bears tried on Hayden.
Did he mean the stutter-and-go or the pass?
"Both," he said. "You would think the quarterback could see the cornerback was in great position."

Chicago Bears Quarterback, Rex Grossman, whose wildly inconsistent play this season led fans to give him not one nickname but two -- "Good Rex" and "Bad Rex. As much as the Bears tried to keep him locked up, hidden, stashed away, "Bad Rex," scourge of Chicago, found his way onto the field at the worst possible time: the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl.

But, Don't blame Rex; if you want to blame anyone for Chicago's 29-17 loss to Indianapolis Sunday, blame its defense.

The Bears defense uncharacteristically provided little resistance in Super Bowl XLI, allowing Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts to march up and down the field at will.

The Colts compiled 430 total yards and 24 first downs, the second highest output in each category against the Chicago defense this season.

Rex Grossman, the once and still maligned quarterback, couldn't make game-changing plays because the Bears couldn't get Peyton Manning off the field.

"We had our opportunities," defensive coordinator Ron Rivera said, "but we didn't take advantage of them. The big thing is that I was disappointed with the way we tackled, but give them (the Colts) credit. They did some things."

No, The Colts did an assortment of things. They completed passes. They ran the ball. They kept the ball.

The Colts had four series with three or more first downs; the Bears had none. The Colts had six series with seven or more snaps; the Bears had one. I think you get the idea. People may want to pin this one on Grossman -- again -- but he wasn't on the field long enough to make a difference.

The only time the Bears looked in control was in the first 14 seconds of the game, when Devin Hester did what he does and returned the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 Bears lead. The first touchdown return ever of an opening kickoff in the Super Bowl,

"We've got 10 guys that run down that field that are pretty doggone good, too," Vinatieri said. "We thought maybe we could kick it around a little bit and screw up the return team, but unfortunately he gashed us right from the get-go. After that, we decided we weren't going to kick it to him anymore."

Adam Vinatieri squibbed all six of his kickoffs from that point on, and Hester wasn't able to return a single one. One went for a touchback, one was fumbled away by Gabe Reid  and the four others were returned a combined 37 yards by John Gilmore  (2-12), Rashied Davis  (1-15) and Adrian Peterson (1-10).

On one occasion, the Bears put Davis near the goal line with Hester in front of him. But Vinatieri kicked the ball deep to Davis.

Adam Vinatieri became the first kicker to win four Super Bowls and set the NFL record for points scored in a postseason.

Vinatieri scored 11 points on three field goals and two extra points, giving him 49 points this postseason. Terrell Davis held the previous record of 48 set in 1997.

Vinatieri set career Super Bowl records for kicking points (34), field goal attempts (10), field goals made (7).

Vinatieri won the first three of his Super Bowls with the New England Patriots.

Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, savoring the city's first Super Bowl win, said Monday morning he was looking forward to a visit to the White House after receiving a surprise call from President George Bush.

Manning said he was talking to a friend on the phone after game when Coach Tony Dungy tried to pass him a cell phone.

"He's like, 'you need to take this call.' I was like, 'I'm on the phone here,' and he said, 'No, you need to take this call.'"

"I hung up on my buddy to talk to the president."

"He was talking about what a great win it was and about playing in those tough conditions. He watched the entire game. He said he was pulling for us and looked forward to welcoming us to the White House. I look forward to that as well."

This is Indianapolis' first major professional championship since the Indiana Pacers took their third American Basketball Association title in 1973, and this is bigger than any of those. This is likely to resonate across the generations; it's an achievement that will indelibly stamp Indianapolis.

For years, Indianapolis has been known as the Racing Capital of the World, and more recently, the Amateur Sports Capital. It earned a new designation Sunday evening at soggy Dolphin Stadium:

Home of the world champion Indianapolis Colts.

The Colts finally crowned an era of excellence by beating the Chicago Bears 29-17 in Super Bowl XLI.

A historic victory must be celebrated no matter how cold out!

Within minutes of the game's end, Downtown Indianapolis sidewalks filled with jubilant fans, shirtless and cheering despite temperatures barely above zero.

"It's the best thing that ever happened to Indianapolis," said Audrey Abeglen, 26, Indianapolis. "It's worth it to be out here. So what if it's freezing?"

The Downtown celebration began about five minutes after the ball game ended, as Colts fans poured out of sports bars and flocked to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Cars streamed into Downtown, car headlights twinkling, horns honking and cheers erupting and throngs swarmed Monument Circle as Fans mounted the steps of the monument and waved signs and towels. No one appeared to care about the cold. The Colts were hot, and that was enough.

They cheered for the Colts! They cheered for a Victory!

Fan frenzy: Herb Moore's truck becomes a fanmobile as excited Colts supporters mob the vehicle in celebration while Moore drives his family through Downtown after the Super Bowl victory. Dustin Hackleman, Cicero, waves the flag atop the vehicle.


Baghdad Blue Crew

As the final seconds ticked off the clock, pandemonium erupted in Baghdad.
Indianapolis-based Indiana National Guard soldiers stationed in Iraq yelled and jumped and cheered on their Colts thousands of miles from home.
About 25 soldiers from the 38th Division Support Command and other Indiana troops gathered throughout the game, watching a projected video from a laptop, said Chief Warrant Officer Matthew Lohsl.
"I'm feeling like a champion," said Sgt. 1st Class Troy L. Dumes Jr. "We've been waiting on this every Sunday, and this is the way to go out."
Soldiers decorated a conference room with blue and white balloons, streamers and newspaper articles about the Colts, he said. Care packages from home supplied chips, cookies and Colts apparel. Pizza, a rare delicacy for the soldiers, was brought in for the occasion.

-- Laura Olson

On With The Show

Chicago wins toss and elects to receive while Colts elects to defend the East goal.


Bears Ball

Adam Vinatieri kicked off for 62 yards to the Bears 8 yard line as Devin Hester ran it back 92 yards for a touchdown.


Bears - 7 Colts - 0

Colts Ball

Bears', Robbie Gould kicks it off for 68 yards to Colts 2 as Terrance Wilkins runs it back for 28 yards to Colts 30 before he is hit by Bears, Danieal Manning.

On 1 and 10, Manning throws incomplete to Dallas Clark while on the next play Addai made up for it as he barreled up the middle for a gain of 14 yards.

1st and 10 at Colts 44 and Colts are called for a false start; I will give you 1 guess as to whom it was called on. My buddy Tarik Glenn! 5 yards.

On Colts next play Peyton passes incomplete to Marvin Harrison.

2nd and 15 and Peyton from the shotgun fires a short pass to his left to Running Back, Joseph Addai who picks up 7 yards on the play.

3rd and 8 and Colts get hit with another false start penalty; this time on Jake Scott. 5 yards and Colts are looking at 3rd and 13 at their own 46 yard line.

As this game started off with Hester running the initial kickoff back for a touchdown and with Colts committing penalties on this drive along with Manning having problems connecting with his receivers; Colts proceed to turn the ball over when Peyton from the shotgun, pumps - fakes, throws it deep down field to Marvin Harrison and it is picked off by Bears' Safety, Chris Harris at Chicago's 29 yard line.

Bears Ball

Luckily for Colts, Bears had "Bad" Rex Grossman for their Quarterback as he hit Bernard Berrian for 6 yards and Thomas Jones ran for a whopping 1 yard before Grossman threw incomplete to Berrian on 3rd and 3 and Bears were forced to punt as Brad Maynard punts it 58 yards to the end zone for a Touchback.

Colts Ball

Colts struck back on their next series, converting three third-downs.

Peyton and The Colts must have shaken off the jitters as they struck back on their next series and proceeded to move the ball down the field as Colts do best converting three third-downs. It started off with Joseph Addai for a 7 yard gain on 1st and 10 and then a gain of 1 on the next play. 3rd down and 2 to go for a first as Peyton finds Marvin Harrison for a gain of 7.  With the 1st and 10 Peyton fires one over the middle to Addai for a gain of 5 and then Addai ran it up the middle for a gain of 1 on the next play. Colts picked up the First Down as Peyton found Dallas Clark for a gain of 6. Colts then struggled on the next 2 plays as Addai was stopped at the line of scrimmage on the first play and Peyton threw incomplete to Ben Utecht on the second.

Then The Bears secondary gave the Colts a WIDE OPEN break as Manning out of a no huddle, shotgun formation, spotted Reggie Wayne deep and uncovered. Peyton drew back to fire just as Bears Defensive Tackle, Tank Johnson got his hands on Manning and took him to the ground, but not before Peyton released the ball as it flighted into the stride of Reggie Wayne who had an open path to the endzone for a 53-yard touchdown with 6:50 left in the first period.

AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images

However, The Bears reserved the lead as the extra-point snap slid through holder Hunter Smith's hands, leaving the Colts down 7- 6.

Bears Ball

Determined to keep the ball out of Hester's hands, Vinatieri squibbed the ensuing kickoff, kicking it 42 yards to Chicago's' 28 as Gabe Reid scooped it up to return it for 9 yards before he fumbles when he was hit by Robert Mathis as Dylan Gandy recovered at the Chicago 34.

Colts Ball

The continuing rain fall was taking its toll on the game as the Colts fumbled the snap when Manning and Addai bungled a hand-off and the Bears, Mark Anderson returned the fumble 2 yards to the Chicago 43.

Bears Ball

On the Bears first play, Thomas Jones dashed up the middle for 52 yards to the Colts 5. Colts didn't make it easy for The Bears as "Booger" McFarland stopped Jones on the next play for a mere gain of 1 yard.

On 2nd and Goal, Bears tried to run Jones again as Nick Harper knocked him out of bounds for no gain at all.

On 3rd and Goal, Grossman hooked up with Muhsin Muhammad for a 4 yard touchdown pass.

Bears - 14  Colts - 6

That was about it for Grossman and the Bears offense for the rest of this Super Bowl Game.

Colts Ball

Gould kicks it 63 yards to Colts 7 as Wilkins brings it back for 9 yards to their 16.

Colts went 3 and out with Rhodes for no gain on 1st down, and Manning connecting with Fletcher for a gain of 3 on the next play and on 3rd and 7, Peyton threw a short pass to .  Aaron Moorehead; whose father, Emery, played for the famous 1985 Chicago Bears., could not hold on to the ball.

Colts ended up bringing out ol' Hunter The Punter as he boots it 49 yards with Hester making the return to only get 3 yards as he was taken out of bounds by Ricky Boiman at the Bears 35.

Bears Ball

The Bears were able to get 1 play off with a Grossman pass to Bernard Berrian for 13 yards as Bob Sanders drills Cedric Benson on the next play trying to go up the middle and forces him to fumble as Dwight Freeney recovers it at the Bears 43.

Cedric Benson #32 of the Chicago Bears fumbles the ball after being tackled by Bob Sanders #21 of the Indianapolis Colts.
(Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Dwight Freeney #93 of the Indianapolis Colts stretches over running back Cedric Benson #32 of the Chicago Bears to recover the fumble.
(Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Colts Ball

With a little over 2 minutes left in the First Quarter, the Colts were forced to punt after Rhodes ran for 2 yards on 1st down and Peyton throwing 2 incompletion.

Even though The Bears', Adrian Peterson was flagged for Neutral Zone Infraction, it was only a 5 yard penalty and not enough for a First Down. Hunter kicked from Bears 36 and boots it 31 yards as Colts, Offensive Line Backer, Freddy Keiaho downs it at The Colts 5 yard line.

Bears Ball

Grossman and The Bears did the same and went 3 and out as Cedric Benson gained 4 yards up the middle on their 1st down before injuring his left knee on the play and did not return. Grossman then threw incomplete on the next play while Thomas Jones also ran for 4 yards up the middle on 3rd down. 2 yards short of a First Down, Bears punt.

Colts Ball

With 9 seconds left in the First Quarter, Peyton completes a 12 yard pass to Joseph Addai to go into the Second Quarter at The Bears 46 and a score of Bears - 14  Colts - 6


Colts Ball

Peyton and The Colts Offense were on the move as Manning found Harrison for 15 yards. Addai moved the chains again with 2 runs of 6 and 8 yards. However, he fell short 3 yards on their next play. On 2nd and 13 at The Bears 20 yard line, Peyton dumps a short pass to Marvin Harrison for 4 yards. And then dumps one over the middle to Addai for a gain of 5 - DAMN - 1 yard short of a First! "Mr. Clutch" Vinatieri nails a 29 yard field goal to bring the score up to Colts - 9 and Bears - 14.

Vinatieri kicks off for 63 yards to Chicago's 7 as Rashied Davis runs it back for 15 yards before he is hit by Special Teams man Dexter Reid.

Bears Ball

Grossman and The Bears Offense continue an unending pattern of 3 and out as Thomas Jones succeeds in a gain of 4 yards on their 1st down, however Colts Defensive End, Robert Mathis refused him any yardage on the next play. Grossman did get a pass off on tier 3rd down for a whole 2 yards as he is nailed by Bob Sanders; 4 yards short of a First. Bears punt 42 yards as Terrance runs it back 12 yards to their own 42.

Colts Ball

Peyton gave The Bears Defense a 9 minute pounding as he connected with Marvin Harrison on their first play for 22 yards. First Down! Manning then connected with Dalls Clark over the middle for 17 yards. First Down!

Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images

Dominic Rhodes ran the ball for a gain of 3 on the first play. Peyton found Dallas Clark for 5 over the middle on 2nd down and Rhodes ran for another 3 on 3rd down. First Down! Colts are knocking on Bears endzone at the 8 yard line as Rhodes runs up the middle of The Bears Defense for a gain of 7, 1 yard short of the end zone. Rhodes made it in on his next run for the Touchdown as Colts take the lead!

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Bears - 14  Colts - 16

Vinatieri kicks it 44 to Bears 26 as Adrian Peterson runs it back for 10 yards to their own 36.

 Bears Ball

And the pattern continues as Grossman got off 2 passes for completions of 3 and 4 yards on their first 2 plays. Gary Brackett and Kelvin Hayden (replacement for Nick Harper who came out of the game after injuring his left ankle early in the AFC title game against New England last week) denied Jones a First Down as they stopped him at their own 45 and 1 yard short of a First! Bears punt it 38 yards as Wilkins brings it back for 18 yards to The Colts 35.

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Colts Ball

Colts were on the move as Addai ran for 3 yards on their first play. Manning then passed to Addai for a gain of 8 on the next for the First Down. Addai was hit behind the line of scrimmage on the next play for a loss of a yard, however, him and Peyton made up for it on the next play as Manning hit him on a short right for 10 yards.

Two-Minute Warning

1 yard short of a First on 3rd down as Addai picks it up plus some on the next play.

On 1st and 10 at Bears 43 Manning threw incomplete to Reggie Wayne.

The game got a little out of hand (literally) in the next minute and a half as Manning with a no huddle fires to Bryan Fletcher for 6 yards and is hit by Bears' Cornerback, Charles Tillman producing a fumble and is recovered by Tillman at The Bears 36.

Bears Ball

It was The Bears ball until Grossman fumbled the snap and Colts', Raheem Brock recovers it at The Bears 36 yard line.

Quarterback Rex Grossman #8 of the Chicago Bears fumbles a snap recoverd by the Indianapolis Colts 
 (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Colts Ball

 Rhodes plows up the middle of The Bears Defense for a gain of 10. After Manning threw incomplete on their next play he converted with a short pass to Rhodes for 8 on the next to reach The Bears 17 yard line. 39 seconds left in the half and Colts call a timeout.

On 3rd and 2, Addai was unsuccessful as Urlacher put a stop to it with 2 seconds left on the clock and The Colts take their 2nd timeout, followed by The Bears taking their 1st timeout.

2 seconds left in the half and "Mr. Clutch" declutched and sent the ball wide left from 17 yards and the score remains Colts with 16 and Bears with 14 as the game goes into halftime with Prince to perform and to include his famous song, Purple Rain being sung in the Miami rain.


Colts Ball

Colts receive as Bears kick off for 58 yards and Wilkins returns it for 26 yards to Colts 38.

Colts begin the second half as Manning dumps 3 short routes off to Addai for gains of 6 and 8 for the First Down and then anothern' for 1 yard. Peyton then dumped one off to Dallas Clark for 1 yard and then found Utecht for the remaining 8 yards for a First! Utecht was injured on the play.

Tight end Ben Utecht #86 of the Indianapolis Colts is tackled by Brian Urlacher #54 of the Chicago Bears after an 8-yard reception
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Tight end Ben Utecht #86 of the Indianapolis Colts lies on the field after being tackled by Brian Urlacher #54 of the Chicago Bears on an 8-yard reception
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For the next 5 minutes, Addai beat the hell out of The Bears Defense starting off with a run of 10 yards, First Down!

Running back Joseph Addai #29 of the Indianapolis Colts looks for an opening around linebacker Brian Urlacher #54 of the Chicago Bears

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Running back Joseph Addai #29 of the Indianapolis Colts runs by linebacker Brian Urlacher #54 of the Chicago Bears

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Addai then ran the ball 2 more time for short gains of 3 and 2 before Peyton dumped one over the middle to him for a gain of 9, First Down!

1st and 10 and who else but Addai, again up the middle for a small 2 yards.  On 2nd and 8 a penalty for False Start on Jake Scott was called for 5 yards. On the next play he dumps it off, again, to Joseph Addai for a gain of 3 and then to Dallas Clark for 8 yards, putting The Colts at the Bears 6 yard line on 4th down and 2 yards to go. Vinatieri does his magic and kicks a 24 yarder, good!
Vinatieri for 24 yards GOOD - Super Bowl XLI Colts 29 Bears 17
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Colts - 19  Bears - 14

Vinatieri kicks it off for 41 yards to John Gilmore who is only able to run it back for a gain of 3 yards before he is taken down by Rookie Kelvin Hayden at the Bears 32.

Bears Ball

With a little over 7 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, Grossman was capable of connecting with Running Back, Thomas Jones for a gain of 14 yards before the Bears and Grossman went back to their pattern:

3 and out! However, the series had it's moments as Grossman did complete another pass, this time to Muhsin Muhammad for a gain of 9 yards. Then on 2nd and 1 yard to go for a First. "Booger" McFarland denied Grossman any yardage, as a matter of fact, they lost 11 yards as "Booger" sacked Grossman at the Bears 44 yard line.

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 It's now 3rd and 12 and again Grossman fumbles the snap, however he was lucky enough to scoop it up himself at their 33 for the recovery.

(Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

4th and 23 as the Bears punt it 43 yards to Wilkins, who runs it back for 12 yards to The Colts 36.

Colts Ball

A little over 5 minutes left to play in the 3rd quarter and The Colts go on the march down the field again starting off with a beautiful run by Dominic Rhodes as he breaks through the Bears Defense and manhandles his way down the grid iron for 36 yards to The Bears 28.

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Colts tried it again, as Rhodes busted through for 8 yards on the next play before Danieal Manning deliberately used Rhodes facemask to bring him down.

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Officials saw it, 10 yard penalty - First Down!

Peyton threw incomplete on the next 2 plays as Rhodes busted out 8 yards on 3rd and 10; unfortunately, not enough for the First. Vinatieri puts 3 more on The Scoreboard before Todd Johnson nails him. Colts declined the penalty:

Colts - 22  Bears - 14

Vinatieri kicks it off 34 yards to John Gilmore who runs it back for 9 yards before he is hit out of bounds and Robert Mathis was flagged with an Unnecessary Roughness penalty for 15 yards putting The Bears at their 45.

Bears Ball

O.K. So The Bears broke their pattern of 3 and out on this next series, however, "Bad" Rex was in there.  Jones moved the chains for a First on their 1st 2 plays with a gain of 8 and then a gain of 4. Then "Bad" Rex tried to go deep to Wide Receiver, Rashied Davis as Raheem Brock denied him of that feat.

On 2nd and 10, Jones ran for 2 yards and then "Bad" Rex tried to do deep again to Desmond Clark as Jason David denied them of that feat. However, Bears are in Field Goal territory as Gould makes good on a 44 yarder with the Bears still trailing:

Colts - 22  Bears - 17

Gould kicks it off for a good 64 yards to Colts 6 as Wilkins runs it back for 26 yards to tier own 32.

Colts Ball

A little over 1 minute left in the Third Quarter and Rhodes was tackled behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of 3 yards on Colts first play. 2nd and 13, Manning found Marvin Harrison on the sidelines at the Colts 40, but The Officials ruled the catch out of bounds. Dungy challenged the call and it was obvious that Marvin had made his signature mark of keeping both feet in bounds and the call was reversed.

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison (88) works to keep his feet inbounds after a pass reception in front of Chicago Bears cornerback Nathan Vasher (31) . The pass was originally ruled incomplete, but the call was overturned after a challenge by the Colts.
(AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

22 seconds left in the Third Quarter and Peyton connects with Reggie Wayne for 8 yards and The First.


Colts Ball

Rhodes started off the First Quarter with a 2 yard run. Lilja was then called for a False Start on the next play bringing The Colts back 5 yards; now 2nd and 13. Rhodes got that 5 yards back on the next play and then Bears called their 1st timeout.

On 3rd and 8 from the shotgun, Peyton fires deep down the middle to Marvin but the play was broken up by Bears, Defensive End, Alex Brown and Corner Back, Nathan Vasher rendering Harrison injured on the play. Marvin did return later.

Hunter punts it into the endzone for a touchback

Bears Ball

When Jones ran for 12 yards on the Bears first play; it was brought back 10 yards from the line of scrimmage as Bears, John Tait was called for Offensive Holding. 1st and 20, and Jones makes a run for 6 yards. 2nd and 14 and "Bad" Rex does what "Bad" Rex does and throws deep to Muhammad as it was broken up by Bob Sanders and Cato June.

2nd down and 14 and "Bad" Rex really fucked up when The Bears quarterback pump-faked and then threw deep again to Muhammad

Colts Ball

when Kelvin Hayden's, a kid from Chicago;  the second-string cornerback covering for Nick Harper, moment came. Hayden saw it all the way, leaped high to pick off Rex Grossman's 18-yard sideline throw, stepped within a few blades of grass of the sideline narrowly avoiding going out of bounds and sped 56 yards in front of the Colts' bench for his first career touchdown to extend Indianapolis' lead to 29-17!

 (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

The play was challenged; the Bears thought Hayden had stepped out of bounds.

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 It sure was close.

Chicago Bears quarterback Rex Grossman (8) walks back to the bench after throwing an interception, as coach Lovie Smith watches the play on the large screen, in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl XLI football game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007. Indianapolis Colts cornerback Kelvin Hayden ran the interception back 56 yards for a touchdown.
(AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)


But the interception and the score stood. It will stand for the ages.

As soon as Hayden got his hands on the ball, his fellow Colts defenders looked for Bears to hit. But Hayden shook free of Muhammad's grasp and it was smooth sailing.

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Upon diving into the end zone, he was mobbed by fellow Colts Players.

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Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images

With The Extra Point; Vinatieri converted for his 49th postseason point - an NFL record.

By then it was increasingly clear that The Indianpolis Colts would be taking home the Vince Lombardi trophy in a half-empty stadium, as many of the Bears fans realized that the game was over and headed for the exits.

 "I was giving Moose a chance to go up and get a fade route and the corner made a good play on it," Grossman said. "He saw the ball and went after it. In hindsight, I wish I would have thrown it away. But I was giving Moose a chance to go out and battle for it.

"The timing of it wasn't right. I should have waited until Moose had his eyes around so that he could see the ball in the air."

Vinatieri kicks it off 76 yards to Hester 6 yards into the endzone for a touchback.

Bears Ball

With more than 11 minutes left in the game, The Bears would need 2 touchdown scores to stay in the game. But it wasn't going to happen.

Not with "Bad" Rex behind the Helm.

The Bears started off their drive with Jones running for 4 yards. Grossman then found Jason McKie for another gain of 4 and a short pass to Desmond Clark for 11.

On 1st and 10, guess who showed up? If you guessed "Bad" Rex; you are absolutely correct, as Grossman fires a deep pass down the middle to Berrian as Bob Sanders steps into the crossfire and intercepts at the Colts 21 and returns it 28 yards to the Bears 41 yard line.

 (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Penalties aroused on the field as Colts', Jason David was flagged for Unnecessary Roughness and Bears', Fred Miller was flagged for the same. Penalties were offset.

Colts Ball

Addai started off The Colts drive with a 12 yard run but their drive declined as Manning threw incomplete to Harrison on the next drive.

Colts call their 2nd timeout.

With Peyton in the shotgun, Bears', Tank Johnson and Mark Anderson found their way in the pocket and sacked Manning for a loss of 8 yards.

3rd and 18 Addai shot up the middle for only 2 yards to bring out The Punting Team. With The Colts feeling they were to close, they allowed the play clock to expire and move the ball back 5 yards with a Delay Of Game penalty. Hunter Smith booted it 32 yards to Hester, who signaled for the fair catch at Bears' 8 yard line.

Bears Ball

A little over 7 minutes left in the game and Bears still need 2 touchdowns to pull this off as the Bears and Grossman actually looked promising on their next series. Grossman connected with Clark 3 times for gains of 8, 10 and 8 more yards. On 2nd and 2, Jones picked up the First Down and some with a gain of 12 yards.

Grossman under pressuer then threw a bad pass to Clark on their 1st down

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 Grossman then dumped a short one off to Clark for 2 yards on the next play. On 3rd and 8, Grossman threw to Jones behind the line of scrimmage as he was brought down by Marlin Jackson, who was injured on the play, yet returned later on in the game.

4th and 9 and Bears go for it, "what do they got to lose?" They lost the ball, as Grossman threw to Clark and Matt Giordano broke it up.

Colts safety Matt Giordano knocks the ball out of the hands of Bears tight end Desmond Clark
Photo by Star Reporter/ MattDetrich

Colts Ball

Dominic Rhodes ran The Chicago Bears Defense rugged for the next 5 minutes as he ran for no gain on his first attempt but pounded the ground on his next 7 runs.

On 2nd and 10, Rhodes broke through the middle of the Bears Defense for 15 yards. First Down!

Rhodes then ran for 2 and then 9 yards on the next 2 plays. First Down!

Rhodes didn't make any progress on the next play and Lilja was flagged for Offensive Holding as the penalty was declined by The Bears.

2nd and 10 and Rhodes broke through for 4 yards.

Two-Minute Warning

3rd and 6 and Rhodes again failed to get any yardage as Bears call their last timeout.

1 minute and 49 seconds away from victory at the Bears 17 on 4th down and 6, Colts go for it as Rhodes only gets a yard.

Bears Ball

With a little over a minute to work with, The Bears and Grossman were moving the ball down the field, yet couldn't even reach Colts Territory as Grossman found Clark up the middle for a gain of 9 yards, On their next play, Berrian picked up the First Down and some with a gain of 14 yards.

Grossman got one off to Jones for 8 yards on the next play, however Ruben Brown was caught with Offensive Holding and the ball was brought back to the line of scrimmage with a 10 yard penalty, repeat 1st down.

57 seconds left (do ya smell it?) Grossman hits Berrian for 5 yards.

Colts president Bill Polian celebrates with his staff moments before the Colts defeated the Chicago Bears.
Photo by Matt Detrich

36 seconds left and Jones makes a break for 12 yards.

15 seconds left and Grossman hits Clark for 18 yards and the clock runs out!

Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy is dunked after the Colts defeated the Chicago Bears 29-17 in the Super Bowl XLI football game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007.
(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Indianapolis Colts are World Wide champions as they defeated The Chicago Bears 29 to 17 in Super Bowl XLI.

Head coach Tony Dungy of the Indianapolis Colts is held-up on the shoulders of his assistant coaches as he celebrates a 29-17 win over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI on February 4, 2007 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
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Team owner Jim Irsay of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, next to head coach Tony Dungy after the Colts 29-17 win against the Chicago Bears against the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLI on February 4, 2007 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
 (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Peyton Manning, center Jeff Saturday, offensive tackle Tarik Glenn, wide receiver Reggie Wayne and wide receiver Marvin Harrison are scheduled to fly to Honolulu, Hawaii, for the Pro Bowl.




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