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NFL Football / Super Bowl XLI

Manning and Colts win Super Bowl

by Andrew Poloni
poloni@americajr.com

The Indianapolis Colts beat the Chicago Bears 29-17 in last night’s Super Bowl in Miami to win the team’s first championship in over 30 years.

Colts quarterback Peyton Manning was named Super Bowl MVP after completing 25 of 38 passes for 247 yards and throwing one touchdown pass.

The Bears jumped on the scoreboard early as Devin Hester returned a 92 yard kick off for a touchdown in the opening seconds of the game to give the Bears a 7-0 lead to start.

In the end, however, it all came down to Peyton Manning as he patiently continued to take what the Bears defense was giving in short passes and screens.

The Bears defense continued its postseason struggle to dominate and gave up 430 total yards of offense to the Colts.

Indianapolis continued its trend of tough postseason defensive play allowing the Bears only 265 total yards and 11 first downs.

The Colts’ defense also intercepted Bears quarterback Rex Grossman twice. Indy defensive back Kelvin Hayden returned one of the Grossman interceptions 56 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Both teams saw some success in their rushing games. For the Colts, Dominic Rhodes led all rushers with 113 yards and a touchdown. Colts rookie running back Joseph Addai also chipped in with 77 yards rushing. Addai also caught 10 passes for 66 yards.

Running back Thomas Jones had 112 yards on 15 carries for the Bears, including a 52 yard run to put the Bears in scoring position in the first quarter.

The game did indeed come to down the play at the quarterback position though. Grossman failed to ever really get the offense going for the Bears. Manning seemed to always be in control for the Colts making plays when he needed to.

Manning also got help from his defense. The unit only gave up 17 points and forced five Chicago turnovers.

The rain in south Florida was thought to possibly pose as a disadvantage to the Colts offense and Manning’s passing game. While the weather may have attributed to the five total fumbles lost by both teams, Manning overcame the weather and the critics that said he was incapable of winning the “big game.”

Manning and Colts coach Tony Dungy were able to write their own legacies with the Super Bowl win.

Manning, who could one day own a majority of the NFL’s passing records, was able to put a Super Bowl ring along with them and finally silence his critics.

Dungy made history by becoming to the first African American coach to lead a team to a Super Bowl win. Bears coach Lovie Smith, a good friend of Dungy, joined him as both of them being the first African American head coaches to even get to the Super Bowl.

 

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