INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A comeback, a drive, a legacy. And yes -- finally -- Peyton Manning gets his Super Bowl trip, too.
Football's most prolific quarterback put on a show for the ages Sunday, rallying the Indianapolis Colts from 18 points down and driving them 80 yards for the winning score in a wildly entertaining 38-34 victory over the New England Patriots.
I came into the play-offs rooting for the Saints and Colts, and for a moment late in the 2nd half of game two, it looked very much like a Bears-Patriots Super Bowl. Then the Colts put together their astounding comeback, exciting and nail-biting to watch, the Patriots refusing to roll over, the game going down to a Colts interception to stop the final drive at the end. Exciting stuff. And Peyton Manning, a jock with lots of class, gets a monkey off his back, the reputation of blowing big games. History was made: not only the largest comeback in a playoff game, not only the first black coach going to a Super Bowl, but two black head coaches going, who happen to be good friends. It should make for an exciting game.