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Super Bowl XLI - Game Summary - Indianapolis vs.
Final Score: Indianapolis 29,
FL (MySportsbook) - Peyton Manning finally
has his championship.
Manning threw for 247 yards
and a touchdown, as the Colts rallied from the
shock of an opening 92-yard kickoff return for
a score by Devin Hester and an early eight-point
deficit to beat the Chicago Bears, 29-17, in a
turnover- laden Super Bowl XLI.
The teams combined for eight
turnovers, five from the Bears, including a 56-
yard interception return for a touchdown from
Indianapolis' Kelvin Hayden in the fourth quarter.
Both teams had trouble with
the wet conditions after a persistent rain leveled
Dolphin Stadium, but the Colts kept afoot late
with a pair of interceptions in the final quarter.
Manning, who completed his
ninth season in the NFL, was named the game's
MVP and helped the Colts (16-4) to their first
title since Super Bowl V, following the 1970 season,
when the team was in Baltimore. The two-time NFL
MVP connected on 25-of-38 passes and was also
picked off once.
"There was no panic,
nobody ever gave up," Manning said. "We
stayed calm through the entire game. We truly
won this championship as a team and I'm proud
to be a part of it."
Tony Dungy became the first
black coach to win the Super Bowl, as he faced
former pupil and Bears coach Lovie Smith. The
game featured two African- American coaches for
the first time in Super Bowl history.
"I'm proud to be representing
African-American cultures, to be the first African-American
to win this," Dungy said. "It means
an awful lot to our country."
Dominic Rhodes rushed 21
times for 113 yards and a TD for the Colts, who
also got 77 yards on the ground from Joseph Addai
in the first Super Bowl to be played in rainy
weather. Addai also had 10 catches for 66 yards.
Rex Grossman was limited
to 20-of-28 passing for 165 yards with a TD and
two interceptions for the Bears (15-4), who were
outgained 430-265. Chicago's offense wasn't on
the field enough, as the Colts held the ball for
more than 38 minutes.
"We thought we'd be
able to defend the run better," Bears linebacker
Brian Urlacher said. "We didn't. We didn't
tackle well. We didn't stay in our gaps and they
had some big runs on us. We didn't expect them
to run the ball like they did today."
Thomas Jones had 15 carries
for 112 yards for Chicago, which played without
an injured Cedric Benson in the second half. Benson
hurt his knee on a carry in the second quarter.
Despite the lopsided stats,
the Bears were only behind 22-17 going into the
fourth quarter, but Grossman was picked off by
Hayden, who stepped in front of Muhsin Muhammad.
Hayden, in the game after Nick Harper hurt his
ankle in the first half, barely came down in bounds
near the left sideline before racing to the end
zone with 11:44 left.
The Bears challenged the
play, but the call stood.
Four offensive plays later,
Grossman was picked off by Bob Sanders.
Later in the quarter, the
Bears failed on a fourth down pass and by the
time they got the ball back for the last time
there was 1:42 left. The Bears got past midfield
on the game's final pass, but by that time Dungy
was being given a water cooler shower from his
The Bears were trying for
their second Super Bowl win in franchise history.
The 1985 edition of the "Monsters of the
Midway" followed a 15-1 regular season with
a three-game romp through the playoffs, but this
year's version couldn't muster much offensively
in the big game.
"Our confidence never
wavered. It was just a matter of getting into
a rhythm as an offense, everyone hitting on all
cylinders and getting first downs and getting
deeper into your game plan," Grossman said.
"That never happened. We stayed in phase,
but we just didn't do very well on third and medium."
Adam Vinatieri, who attained
his fourth Super Bowl ring, kicked three field
goals. He missed a fourth attempt, a 36-yarder
at the end of the half.
There were four turnovers
in the opening quarter, and Hester showed why
he could have been the X-factor early with the
first-ever touchdown on the opening kickoff of
a Super Bowl. Hester received the ball in the
middle of the field before coming toward the 20-yard
line when he seemed hemmed in. However, Hester,
who had six kick returns for touchdowns this year,
escaped and darted to the right sideline, outracing
defenders to the end zone.
Indianapolis' first possession
resulted in an interception, as Manning was picked
off by Chris Harris.
"I think the weather
did have a factor in the ball being on the ground,"
Manning said. "The first series isn't what
we wanted. We had some penalties and got in 3rd-and-long.
That was our goal, to stay in 3rd-and-manageable.
Obviously, our defense did a good job getting
those turnovers for us."
Then, after a Chicago punt,
Manning drove his team 80 yards in nine plays,
with Reggie Wayne catching a 53-yard touchdown
pass over the middle on a blown coverage. The
score came with 6:50 left in the quarter, but
holder Hunter Smith bobbled the snap on the extra
point try and Vinatieri was tackled well short
of the end zone.
The Colts then elected to
stay away from Hester and used a squib kick, but
Chicago's Gabe Reid fumbled and Tyjuan Hagler
recovered the wet ball for the Colts.
However, Indianapolis gave
it back on the next play, with Manning and Addai
having a poor exchange. Mark Anderson recovered
for the Bears at the Chicago 43, and on the next
play Jones rumbled 52 yards.
On 3rd-and-goal, Grossman
threw over the middle to the end zone to Muhammad
to extend Chicago's lead to 14-6.
Benson fumbled later in the
quarter, giving the Colts the ball at the Chicago
43. The Colts were unable to get a first down
Vinatieri's 29-yard field
goal with 11:17 remaining in the second quarter
brought the Colts within 14-9, and Rhodes plowed
up the middle into the end zone from a yard out
with 6:09 left in the half to put the Colts on
Incredibly, there were turnovers
on back-to-back plays twice in the game.
In the second quarter, Indianapolis
tight end Bryan Fletcher caught a pass, but fumbled,
but the Bears gave it right back when Grossman
fumbled, giving the Colts the ball at the Chicago
35. However, Indianapolis couldn't capitalize.
Manning led his team on a
time-consuming 13-play, 56-yard march to start
the second half, but the drive stalled before
Vinatieri kicked a 24-yard field goal. The Colts
ate up 7:34 off the clock.
The Bears punted and Rhodes
raced 36 yards on the next play to the Chicago
28. The Colts had a 1st-and-goal just inside the
10, but could only muster a 20- yard field goal
from Vinatieri. Indianapolis declined a running-into-the-
kicker penalty, as the score stood at 22-14 with
3:16 remaining in the third.
The Bears pulled within five
points on Robbie Gould's 44-yard field goal with
1:14 left in the quarter.
The Bears had just 121 yards
through three quarters.
The record for combined turnovers
is 11, between Baltimore and Dallas in Super Bowl
V and tied in Super Bowl XXVII between Buffalo
and Dallas...This was Rhodes' first 100-yard rushing
game since 2001...Marvin Harrison had five catches
for 59 yards for the Colts...Addai became the
first player in Super Bowl history with at least
15 rushes and 10 receptions.
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