Miami Here we Come!At 4:30 am this morning, I turned off my computer and headed to bed. I had stayed up the whole night to follow play by play on the biggest game of Peyton Manning's career. It was worth it.
The Colts won against the New England Patriots 38 to 34. That's right, Indy fans: we're superbowl bound!
After following the play by play for the tail end of the Chicago/New Orleans game (Chicago won), I set up my computer for maximum Colts following. ESPN lets you follow along with a mini football field marked by various indicators as to where the current plays are, first down information, and which past plays have turned into goals and which haven't. Then, below that image, there is another box with detailed info on the last play (and a little smiley mug shot of the playmaker). Plus, there is a live messaging program which updates you on fans' comments and big plays. At 12:30 am, I was set up and ready to go.
Somehow the game held my attention for four hours, because I didn't stop following until the final score flashed across the screen. While the first half went by in a bit of a blur (by halftime we were down 15 points: 21 to 6), the second half began with a flurry of scoring: the Colts made a touchdown, then two, then a two point conversion, and we were in that game again.
And that's the way it stayed the rest of the night. How proud our Colts must be--our city must be--to have come this far and knocked out the "always-underdogs-but-always-superbowl-champs" New England Patriots. We have two weeks to prepare for the next step, and to enjoy the feeling of finally being there: this is it. We're finally going to the Superbowl! Amazing job, Colts!
Let's just hope that Italy shows the Superbowl on national TV! (don't worry, I've heard that they might!)
Read coverage of last night's game here:
• Another column by Bob Kravitz: you can bet he's happy.
• The Colts' clinched win is celebrated with another one of these famous midfield dances, but this time it's on home turf.
• Read about the Big Comeback and what a Big game it was for our Indy hero, Payton Manning.
• And take a look at what the Boston Globe has to say. You can bet they're mad.
• Finally, get ready for the 4th of February by reading about our new opponents, The Chicago Bears, and what a win they had.