Colts end Jets' run, advance to Super Bowl XLIV
It was over when ...
(Joe Robbins / NFL.com)
The Colts took 5:33 off the clock with a 12-play drive that culminated in K Matt Stover's 21-yard field goal. The score gave Indianapolis a 13-point lead with 2:29 remaining.
With his No. 1 receiver, Reggie Wayne, blanketed by Darrelle Revis, Peyton Manning completed 22 of his 26 passes to WRs Pierre Garcon (11 catches, 151 yards) and Austin Collie (7 catches, 123 yards) and TE Dallas Clark (4 catches 35 yards). Manning finished with 377 yards passing and three touchdowns. He now has seven career 300-yard games in the playoffs, passing Kurt Warner and Joe Montana for the most all-time.
After averaging 170 rushing yards in their first two playoff games, the Jets' top-ranked ground game was held to just 86 yards on 29 attempts, allowing the Colts to win the time of possession battle 31:25 to 28:35.
The Colts are making their second Super Bowl appearance in four seasons. ... The Colts have won 15 of their last 16 home games, including the playoffs, with their only loss during that span coming in Week 16 to the Jets. ... Indianapolis has allowed 17 points or fewer in eight of its 10 home games this season, including the playoffs. ... The Jets have never won three playoff games in a single postseason. ... Manning has 4,831 career passing yards in the playoffs, which is good enough to pass Dan Marino (4,510) for the fourth most in postseason history.