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article imageNFL: Colts Going to the Super Bowl

By Michael Bearak     Jan 24, 2010 in Sports
The Colts trailed at halftime, but not at the end of 60 minutes and not when it matters most and now they have punched their ticket to Miami for the Super Bowl.
The Colts were criticized a few weeks ago for not playing their starters, then it looked like they were limping into the playoffs and people were questioning how good this team might really be, but after today they can question no longer as the Colts beat the New York Jets 30-17.
The game was 17-13 at the end of the first half, but in the second half the Jets couldn't get on the board again and saw an 11 point lead disappear with 8:03 left in the third quarter when Payton Manning hit Austin Collie for a 16 yard touchdown and then added the extra point to go up 20-17.
It was a record setting day for the Colts as Manning had his seventh 300 plus yard throwing game in the post season and that broke a tie for sixth between him, Joe Montana and Kurt Warner. Pierre Garcon's 151 receiving yards were the third most in Colts' postseason history, but his 11 receptions were an AFC title game record.
Colts head coach Jim Caldwell becomes the fifth first year coach to make it to the Super Bowl, only two have won it before him. This will be the Colts fourth trip to the big game and it will be their second trip in just four years and a repeat to Miami where they beat the Chicago Bears the last time they were in the Super Bowl.
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