AFC NE
   (12-4)
Indy
   (12-4)
NFL Playoffs:   
GAME LEADERS
QBsRBsWRs
Tom Brady
Yds: 232
TDs: 1
Rat: 79.5
Corey Dillon
Yds: 48
TDs: 1
Avg: 6.9
Benjamin Watson
Rec: 5
Yds: 48
TDs: 0
Peyton Manning
Yds: 349
TDs: 1
Rat: 79.1
Dominic Rhodes
Yds: 69
TDs: 0
Avg: 4.9
Dallas Clark
Rec: 6
Yds: 137
TDs: 0
TEAM AVERAGES & NFL RANKS
TEAM OFFENSETMPER GAME AVERAGE
Total YardsNE
 
 335.6
IND
 
 379.4
Yards PassingNE
 
 212.5
IND
 
 269.3
Yards RushingNE
 
 123.1
IND
 
 110.1
TEAM DEFENSETMPER GAME AVERAGE
Yards AllowedNE
 
 294.4
IND
 
 332.3
Pass Yds AllowedNE
 
 200.2
IND
 
 159.3
Rush Yds AllowedNE
 
 94.2
IND
 
 173.0
GAMEDAY MATCHUP
  W  L  T PF PADIVCON
NE124024.1154-2-08-4-0
IND124026.7233-3-09-3-0
H2H MATCHUPS (SINCE 2001)
New England leads 6-3
Nov 5, 2006IND 27, @NE 20
Nov 7, 2005IND 40, @NE 21
Jan 16, 2005@NE 20, IND 3
Sep 9, 2004@NE 27, IND 24
Jan 18, 2004@NE 24, IND 14
Nov 30, 2003NE 38, @IND 34
Oct 21, 2001NE 38, @IND 17
Sep 30, 2001@NE 44, IND 13
Peyton Manning
(Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Peyton Manning will look to continue his recent mastery of the Patriots.
Finally!
Maybe it was the little prayer that Peyton Manning said just before the start of the game-winning drive. Or maybe it was the confidence the Colts simply had in their QB. Whatever it was, Manning and the Colts are heading to the Super Bowl. Len Pasquarelli
 
SCOUTS' TAKE
Fatigue was a crucial component of this football game. The Patriots began to wear down the Colts' undersized front early in the game. They extended drives with clutch plays on third and fourth downs and utilized three ballcarriers to inflict the pounding while keeping their attack balanced with precise passing. But the Colts absolutely dominated the time of possession from late in the first half through the entire third quarter by keeping the tempo up on offense and fatiguing a heavier, aging Patriots' defense in a very warm dome. They began to gash the Patriots between the tackles and New England could not account for Dallas Clark with all the attention they dedicated to the Colts' wide receivers. In a fantastic football game, the Patriots clearly won the special teams battle, but Indianapolis had much more gas in their tank when it mattered most.
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