Colts Down Jets, Head to Super Bowl

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 24, 2010 5:20 PM CST
Colts tight end Dallas Clark (44) celebrates his touchdown with Austin Collie during the second half of their 30-17 victory in the AFC title game, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, in Indianapolis.   (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
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(Newser) – Peyton Manning threw two second-half touchdown passes and rallied the Colts from an 11-point first-half deficit for a 30-17 victory over the New York Jets in the AFC championship game today in Indianapolis. The Colts (15-2) are now headed to the Super Bowl for the second time in 4 years and the fourth time in franchise history.

Manning finished 26 of 39 for 377 yards with three TDs. The four-time MVP also became the first player in league history with seven 300-yard postseason games. New York (11-8), which suffered its first road loss in six games, built a 17-6 lead and took advantage of trick plays. But rookie Mark Sanchez and the Jets were shut out in the second half.

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