Colts are Superbowl kings

Indianapolis Colts won Superbowl XLI after beating the Chicago Bears 29-17 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Florida.









The Colts, who dominated throughout, recovered from conceding a touchdown straight from the kick-off to take a 16-14 half-time lead which they would not relinquish.



Bears' Devin Hester got the match off to an explosive start with a 92-yard kick-off return for a touchdown but the Colts hit back when quarterback Peyton Manning picked out Reggie Wayne with a 53-yard pass less than eight minutes later.



However, a fumbled snap meant Indianapolis missed out on the extra point and Chicago extended their lead when Muhsin Muhammad collected a four-yard touchdown pass from Rex Grossman to go 14-6 ahead.



In the second quarter an Adam Vinatieri field goal and Dominic Rhodes' one-yard touchdown run put the Colts 16-14 ahead but Vinatieri missed the last kick of the half which would have increased his side's advantage.



Midway through the third quarter, with the rain continuing to fall, Vinatieri was back on target with a 24-yard field goal and he added another from 20 yards but it was only small consolation for Indianapolis failing to turn their territorial dominance into touchdowns.



Robbie Gould reduced the deficit by drilling over a 44-yard field goal 74 seconds before the turnaround.



However, the critical moment came four minutes into the final quarter when Grossman was picked off by Kelvin Hayden who ran the ball in for a 56-yard touchdown interception to put the Colts 29-17 ahead and on their way to a first Superbowl victory since the franchise relocated from Baltimore in 1984.

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