Manning Gets His Super Bowl

MIAMI--Peyton Manning got his Super Bowl triumph.

That is what will be remembered about this rain-soaked night in Miami--that Manning cemented his place among the sport's greatest-ever quarterbacks as his Indianapolis Colts beat the Chicago Bears, 29-17.

Both quarterbacks played about as expected. Manning completed 25 of 38 passes for 247 yards and was named the game's most valuable player. He threw an early interception but also had a 53-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Reggie Wayne during a first quarter.

The Bears' Rex Grossman made the key mistake, throwing a fourth-quarter interception that Colts cornerback Kelvin Hayden returned for a game-clinching touchdown.

Manning said he wasn't seeking validation for his career. He got it anyway.

"I never played that card or played that game," Manning said. "But it's nice to finally be on a championship team.... It's all happening pretty fast right now. I'm excited. I'm proud to be on this team. It's something I'll enjoy for a long time."

Said Colts Coach Tony Dungy: "I don't think there's anything you can say now other than this guy is a Hall of Famer and one of the best players to ever play the game."

By Mark Maske |  February 5, 2007; 12:02 AM ET  | Category:  Colts
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I think it was Dungy's night just as much as it was Peyton's. He also solidified himself as a first ballot Hall of Famer. And he finally got his Superbowl after having the plug pulled on him in Tampa Bay despite rebuilding that franchise from the ground up.

Posted by: Wei | February 5, 2007 12:23 PM

want to go to the super bowl, get a quarterback from louisiana, it's worked about ten times before.

Posted by: ibfamous | February 5, 2007 12:48 PM

oh yeah right on...NOT!

Tell me one QB other than Manning who has won this decade and is from louisiana.

Tom Brady/Rothlisberger/??

Posted by: Re: ibfamous | February 5, 2007 1:13 PM

Manning is still an over-rated choke artist. A few wins does not immediately evaporate history. If the Bears had even a 1/4 of a decent QB, we wouldn't be sitting here talking about Peyton Manning. The Bears were pathetic and they were STILL in the game. Unfortunately, everyone seems to be brainwashed into looking at Manning with a glass half-full rather than a glass half-empty. The RBs or the offensive line deserved the MVP, not Manning. They were the keys to the game (and the playoffs in general)

Posted by: Truth | February 5, 2007 3:59 PM

Who isn't overrated? Yes, there's alot of hype surrounding Manning, as there is with most QB's. Did Brady choke in the playoffs this year, throwing interceptions in two consecutive games when his team needed points late in the game. He got lucky in one game when the game ending interception was fumbled, but not the next.

Manning is human as are Steve Young, Montana, Brady, etc. But he's also one of the best QB's to ever play the game.

Posted by: Wei | February 5, 2007 6:11 PM

Addai should've been the MVP, but Manning is a great QB. Give the Colts and Manning credit for being patient with the running game.

Posted by: Giants Fan | February 5, 2007 8:54 PM

TO "Re: ibfamous"

How about Brett Favre?

Posted by: Anonymous | February 6, 2007 8:58 AM

"I don't think there's anything you can say now other than this guy is a Hall of Famer and one of the best players to ever play the game."

This same quote was used over and over during Art Monk's career and yet he still waits for enshrinement. One Super Bowl is not a guarantee. As Art has seen, three may not even do it...

Posted by: Art Monk HOF 2008 | February 6, 2007 12:28 PM

Re: Louisiana qbs
First, Favre is from Mississippi, which is close to Louisiana but not actually a part of it. Here're the La. qbs I can name off the top: Manning, Bradshaw, Delhomme(?), Woodley, Williams.

Posted by: mart | February 6, 2007 2:02 PM

it's a team game but Manning has been consistently great throughout his career and now he has a title. Was this his best game? Maybe not but pretty good and he deserves everything he gets.

And I'm not a Colts fan either.

Posted by: jvf | February 6, 2007 2:21 PM

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