Posted by: Staff | 01.28.2010

The Colts Regain Respect With a Win Into Superbowl XLIV

HAYLEY YUDELMAN ’10

As Jordin Sparks beautifully sung America’s national anthem, the focused look on the faces of the New York Jets and the Indianapolis Colts was a telltale sign that the American Football Championship game is indeed the biggest game of the season. Both teams injected energy into the crowd as they took the field, and the sea of blue and green that engulfed the stadium showed their enthusiasm with a roar.

A mix of sacks and a missed field goal prohibited either team from scoring in the first quarter. The Colts were the first to put a score on the board with a Matt Stover field goal. The Jets responded with a throw from Mark Sanchez to Braylon Edwards for an 80 yard touchdown pass.

Mid-way into the second quarter the Colts added to their score with another field goal making it an uneasily close game of 7-6 Jets. The Jets added to their score quickly with a catch by Dustin Keller. Jay Feely made up for his missed field goal attempt in the first quarter of the game with a 48 yard field goal to make the score 17-6 with a few minutes left in the first half. The Colts then squeezed in their first touchdown 73 seconds before halftime with a pass by Peyton Manning to Austin Collie. At half time the score rested at 17-13.

During the second half, the Colts took it to the red zone first with a pass to Pierre Garçon for a four yard touchdown pass. 20-17, and we were right where we started at the beginning of the game with the Colts ahead by 3. The rest of the quarter proved stagnant, as neither team was able to proceed into the red zone.

In the fourth quarter the Colts once again scored first with a catch by Dallas Clark for a 15 yard touchdown pass. That made the score 27-17 with 8:52 left in the game. The once very close game had now turned into a ten-point turnaround, and this time Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts were hogging the spotlight. The Colts capped their win with a 21 yard field goal making the final score 30-17.

The so-called “rematch” from week 16 proved that Indianapolis is indeed the stronger, faster, and better team. We’ll see who is the top team in the NFL on February 7th.

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