INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Perfection doesn't matter when you're the best and heading forthe Super Bowl.
Four-time MVP Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes andthe Indianapolis Colts rallied from an 11-point, first-half deficitto beat the New York Jets 30-17 Sunday in the AFC championshipgame.
The Colts (15-2) are now headed back to Miami for the secondtime in four years and their fourth Super Bowl in franchisehistory.
For the Colts, it was a measure of redemption.
A month ago when the Jets were last in town, Indianapolis coachJim Caldwell pulled his starters in the third quarter and gave up achance at a perfect season to focus on a Super Bowl run.
This time, they got it right. Manning was on the field for thefinal play.
The Colts will face either New Orleans or Minnesota in twoweeks.
Fans counted down the final seconds, streamers and confetti hungin the air, flash bulbs popped incessantly and when the officialannouncement was made, fans roared.
Manning finished 26 of 39 for 377 yards. He became the firstplayer in league history with seven 300-yard postseason games. Thatbroke a tie with Kurt Warner and Joe Montana.
The Jets' magical run ended with their first road loss in sixgames.
New York (11-8) built a 17-6 lead and took advantage of trickplays. But rookie Mark Sanchez and the Jets were shut out in thesecond half.
Caldwell became only the fifth rookie coach to reach the SuperBowl. Only two others — San Francisco's George Seifert andDon McCafferty, of the Baltimore Colts — have won it.
But Caldwell does have Manning, who drove the Colts rightthrough New York's No. 1 ranked defense with his uncannyprecision.
Manning continually dropped passes right over the fingertips ofdefenders, and the Jets couldn't stop him.
After falling behind late in the first half, Manning finallyresponded. He took the Colts 80 yards in four plays, hooking threestraight times with rookie Austin Collie including the 16-yard TDpass that made it 17-13 with 1:13 to go in the half.
Manning was just getting started.
The next time he got the ball, he took the Colts 57 yards ineight plays, connecting with Pierre Garcon in the back corner ofthe end zone to make it 20-17 with 8:03 left in the thirdquarter.
He sealed it midway through the fourth when Dallas Clark caughta 15-yard TD pass to make it 27-17.
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Governor Mike Pence is directing flags at Indiana state facilities be flown at half-staff on Saturday, Dec. 7 in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
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