Peyton Manning has waited his whole life to win a title of some kind. The title did not come in high school nor did it come at The University of Tennessee, where he had a stellar career. Now, after years of hearing rumors of his inability to win the big game Manning stands one win away from football infamy.
On the other side of the field Rex Grossman will stand with a similar image in his head, Grossman will be looking to lead the Chicago Bears to their first title since the 1985 season.
It has been extremely hard for the players to focus on the game at hand with their environment being the shores of South Beach in Miami, but today, they will try to put all of the distractions behind them as both teams seek to become Super Bowl champions.
The oddsmakers believe that the Colts will win based on public opinion as the betting line lingers at the Colts favored by a touchdown, but as past Super Bowls as evidence, the betting line is little more than public opinion.
The day these athletes have dreamed about their entire lives is upon them, and for one of these teams, their lifelong dreams, as well as their individual legacies, will be hanging in the balance, in a late evening Miami Beach showdown.
Colts Defeat Bears To Win The Super Bowl
The game played in Miami was played poorly, almost as poorly as the weather, but through all of the sloppiness a champion emerged, as the Colts became what amounted to the last team standing.
The first half was filled with blunders as both teams took turns giving the ball back and forth through turnovers and at the half the Colts led 16-14.
In the second half it appeared that the Colts were ready to seize control of the game, but each time the Bears defense stiffened deep in their own end and held the Colts to field goal attempts.
The turning point of the game came when much maligned Bears quarterback Rex Grossman threw an interception for a touchdown with the score only 22-17 at the time.
After that things unravelled for the Bears and Grossman, who threw another interception to seal the game on a pass to what appeared to be a wide open Bernard Berrian. The pass was severely under thrown.
So now the Bears and Grossman are left to face an off season of questions while Peyton Manning and Tony Dungy have answered their critics.
Dungy becomes the first African-American head coach to hoist the Super Bowl trophy, while Manning was the games most valuable player.