MANNING, INDIANAPOLIS LOOK TO GET OVER HUMP AGAINST ARCH-NEMESIS BRADY, PATRIOTS
FITSNews – January 20, 2007 – Move over Green Bay-Chicago, Oakland-Kansas City and New York-Philadelphia, pro football’s new marquee rivalry is between Tom Brady’s New England Patriots and Peyton Manning’s Indianapolis Colts.
Wait, did we say rivalry?
Because we meant to say war. As in Cold War. As in the Patriots’ official website is still referring to former New England placekicker Adam Vinatieri‘s free agent signing with the Colts as a “defection.”
For the second time in four years, the Colts and Patriots are facing off in an AFC Championship game.
But Sunday’s matchup at the RCA Dome is much bigger than a No. 3 versus a No. 4 seed for the right to represent the AFC in Super Bowl XLI.
For the Patriots, it’s another step toward earning a fourth Super Bowl in six years, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since the legendary Pittsburgh Steelers’ dynasty of the 1970’s.
For Indianapolis, it’s a chance to exorcize the demon that has crushed its Super Bowl hopes twice in the last four seasons.
For fans, it’s an opportunity to see two of the game’s all-time greatest quarterbacks go head-to-head.
Tomorrow’s game is at 6:30 p.m. (ET) and will be televised in high-definition on CBS.