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Continued: Colts are NFL champions

  • Article by: ON THE GAME KEVIN SEIFERT , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 5, 2007 - 11:47 AM

Most notably, they didn't see Manning transform his explosive offense into a clock-eater. The Colts held the ball for 38:04, mostly by throwing short passes to Addai and tight end Dallas Clark, who combined for 14 catches. The approach smartly attacked the soft spot of the Bears' Cover-2 defense.

"One of the weaknesses of a Cover-2 defense is the checkdowns," Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said. "He threw a lot of them today."

In the process, Manning and the Colts capped a steady climb that had included trips to the playoffs in each of the past four seasons. They were knocked from the playoffs each time by the eventual Super Bowl champions, but this season the Colts were the last team standing.

How to measure the progress? The last time Indianapolis played a foul-weather playoff game, it lost 24-14 at New England.

"In years past when our team has come up short, it's been disappointing," Manning said. "Somehow we found a way to learn from some of those losses, and we've been a better team because of it."

Rain or shine.

Kevin Seifert • kseifert@startribune.com

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