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2003 features strong playoff field

The 2003 playoff field is power-packed, but no team looks more powerful than the Patriots.

Updated: December 30, 2003, 4:58 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

It hangs like an invisible albatross around the neck of Peyton Manning, a yoke of yin, the NFL equivalent of an uncomfortable hair suit. For all his brilliance over the first six seasons of what will be a Hall of Fame career, even with all his prowess in the pocket, Manning has yet to win his first playoff game.

And now the Indianapolis quarterback and his teammates must face the Denver Broncos, an explosive opponent that destroyed the Colts at the RCA Dome on Dec. 21, in the wild-card round ...

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