This was most likely due to the rain and poor conditions that both teams were playing in. AFC Wild-Card playoff game: vs. Kansas City Chiefs, AFC Divisional Playoff Game: at Baltimore Ravens, AFC Championship Game: vs. New England Patriots. While the latter two are signed to long-term contracts, James' contract expired at the end of the 2005 season.
Ten minutes later, the Colts tied the game with an Adam Vinatieri field goal from 20-yards out. Coming off their Divisional road win over the Baltimore Ravens, the Colts came back to the dome for the AFC Championship Game against the fourth-seeded New England Patriots, who were fresh off of their upset of the top-seeded San Diego Chargers.
This Week 12 showdown between the Colts and Eagles was originally scheduled for 1:00 ET, but due to the NFL's "flexible-scheduling" system this year, the NFL moved the game to Sunday night at 8:15 ET. The Jaguars, though, would get to within a touchdown late in the game on Byron Leftwich's 7-yard TD pass to RB Maurice Jones-Drew. Mathis knocked the ball out of Garcia's hand right before his arm started going forwards and CB Kelvin Hayden picked up the ball and ran it back for a touchdown. In the first quarter, the Dolphins scored first with K Olindo Mare's 28-yard field goal for the only score of the quarter.
Jacksonville Kicker Josh Scobee missed both of his field goals, and they proved crucial in the game in the late stages. On a day when Manning was almost perfect, he and WR Marvin Harrison connected for two touchdowns.
However, Houston managed to pull off a huge upset with Kris Brown's game-winning 48-yard field goal as time expired, giving Indianapolis their first ever loss against them. Two weeks after their record-breaking comeback in the AFC Championship Game against the Patriots, the Colts flew to Dolphin Stadium for Super Bowl XLI against the NFC Champion Chicago Bears. This victory improved the Colts' record against the Texans to 9–0. On the ensuing possession for the Eagles, Garcia found Reggie Brown in the end zone for a 3-yard score. True fans are what all the others want to be, but don’t want to work for it.
With the win, the Colts stayed undefeated and expanded their lead in the AFC South to two games over second place Jacksonville. The third quarter witnessed more scoring as Peyton Manning completed a touchdown drive on the first possession of the half, this one a 15-yard touchdown pass to TE Bryan Fletcher. Hoping to rebound from their blowout road loss to the Jaguars, the Colts went home for a Monday Night Football matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals. Q1 – CHI – 14:46 – Devin Hester 92-yard kickoff return TD (Gould kick) (7–0 CHI), Q1 – IND – 6:50 – 53-yard TD pass from Peyton Manning to Reggie Wayne (failed PAT) (7–6 CHI), Q1 – CHI – 4:34 – 4-yard TD pass from Rex Grossman to Muhsin Muhammad (Gould kick) (14–6 CHI), Q2 – IND – 11:17 – Adam Vinatieri 29-yard FG (14–9 CHI), Q2 – IND – 6:09 – Dominic Rhodes 1-yard TD run (Vinatieri kick) (16–14 IND), Q3 – IND – 7:26 – Adam Vinatieri 24-yard FG (19–14 IND), Q3 – IND – 3:16 – Adam Vinatieri 20-yard FG (22–14 IND), Q3 – CHI – 1:14 – Robbie Gould 44-yard FG (22–17 IND), Q4 – IND – 11:44 – Kelvin Hayden 56-yard interception return TD (Vinatieri kick) (29–17 IND). Q1 – IND – 8:04 – Adam Vinatieri 23-yard FG (3–0 IND), Q1 – IND – 5:36 – Adam Vinatieri 42-yard FG (6–0 IND), Q2 – BAL – 14:56 – Matt Stover 40-yard FG (6–3 IND), Q2 – IND – 3:15 – Adam Vinatieri 51-yard FG (9–3 IND), Q3 – IND – 10:57 – Adam Vinatieri 48-yard FG (12–3 IND), Q4 – BAL – 13:03 – Matt Stover 51-yard FG (12–6 IND), Q4 – IND – 0:23 – Adam Vinatieri 35-yard FG (15–6 IND). Illustrating perfectly the back-and-forth nature of the contest, the lead changed hands once again as DB Justin Miller returned the ensuing kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown to quickly move all the momentum to New York's side. Rookie RB Joseph Addai had a career-high 93 yards rushing on only 17 carries. The performance also saw the pair move up in their respective career yardage lists; Manning passed Jim Hart to move into 14th place in all-time passing yards and Harrison passed Irving Fryar to move into eighth on the career receiving yardage chart. On the Jaguars' first play from scrimmage, RB Fred Taylor ran up the middle for 76 yards down to the Colts' 18 yard line. Colts rookie RB Joseph Addai had a career-high 85 yards rushing on 11 carries, and Redskins RB Ladell Betts carried the football 10 times for 52 yards. At the half, the Colts had a 17-point lead, 24–7. Also of note, Colts WR Marvin Harrison had 8 catches in the game for 145 yards and two touchdowns. Within three minutes, Peyton Manning threw a screen pass to DT Dan Klecko for a 1-yard touchdown to bring the Colts within two points of New England. Think of bandwagoners as fan boys, but on the team level as opposed to an individual player, and also one hundred times worse because they won’t admit it. RB Maurice Jones-Drew had 103 rushing yards for Jacksonville, and Marvin Harrison had 6 catches for 94 yards receiving. The Colts weren’t even bad the next year, it was just obvious they weren’t going to the Super Bowl…and that’s just not good enough for a frontrunner. Pretty freaking sweet: I know. On the Colts' next possession, Wayne and Manning hooked up again for another touchdown, this one a 5-yard TD pass to take the lead 20–14. Kicker Adam Vinatieri would come out and convert a 46-yard field goal to close out the half. The drive ended with a 53-yard touchdown pass from Peyton Manning to WR Reggie Wayne, but punter Hunter Smith mishandled the snap on the extra point and kicker Adam Vinatieri could not convert the PAT. Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne made the first touchdown of the evening in the first quarter. Denver took the lead early in the second quarter on a Jake Plummer one-yard touchdown run. I didn’t have to wait long for a Super Bowl appearance (and win), but I’ve been waiting for over a decade for the next Super Bowl win.