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The 2007 NFL Playoffs

AFC Championship in HDTV on CBS

New England Patriots (12-4 AFC East Division Champion) at Indianapolis Colts (12-4 AFC South Division Champion)

Live from The RCA Dome, Indianapolis, IN

January 21, 2007

6:30pm ET



Today's game will be broadcast in 1080i HDTV and Dolby Digital 5.1. Thanks in advance for posting all related comments here. Please include all pertinent info; source and provider, cities, station call letters, DBS, Cable, OTA.


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Peyton Manning has done nearly everything a quarterback can do in the regular season, from setting records to winning MVP awards. His lack of postseason success, however, has thus far been a blemish on his career and cast the Indianapolis Colts as playoff underachievers.


Much of Manning and the Colts' troubles have come against the New England Patriots, who are poised once again to knock Indianapolis out of the playoffs.


In what has quickly become one of the NFL's best rivalries, the Colts (14-4) host the Patriots (14-4) in the AFC title game Jan. 21.


With the conference's top two seeds eliminated and New England coming to the RCA Dome for the first time in six meetings between the teams, perhaps this is the year that Manning can elevate his squad and take the Colts to the Super Bowl for the first time since the Baltimore Colts beat Dallas 16-13 in Super Bowl V.


Twice in the last three years, though, New England has ended Indianapolis' season, making Manning look ordinary in the process. Patriots coach Bill Belichick devised schemes that forced Manning into four interceptions in a 24-14 victory in the 2004 conference title game, then found a way to shut him down again the next season in a 20-3 victory in the divisional round, keeping the Colts out of the end zone the same season Manning threw for an NFL-record 49 touchdowns.


New England had won six straight and 10 of 12 against the Colts since Manning entered the NFL in 1998 before Indianapolis picked up victories in the regular season the past two years.


Despite Manning's superb play in the last two games against the Patriots, including a 27-20 win at Gillette Stadium on Nov. 5, he needs to get Indianapolis to the Super Bowl to shake the reputation of coming up short.


"I think it's the same thing at stake for him as there is for all of us," Dungy said. "We've got a group that hasn't been to the Super Bowl. They'd like to get there. We're one step away. Everyone in the locker room wants to do that and Peyton's no different. It's not make-or-break for them and it's not make-or-break for him. We'd just like to get there and do it."


The Patriots have no such reputation problems, having won three Super Bowls in the last five seasons. Despite that sterling record, New England might be considered a surprise entrant in the conference title game after stunning top-seeded San Diego 24-21 on the road Sunday.


The Pats rallied from an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit behind perennial postseason star Tom Brady, who overcame a career playoff-high three interceptions to lead his team to 11 points in 3:26 late in the game.


The Patriots went 12-4, won the AFC East and beat the New York Jets 37-16 in the wild-card round, but this team garnered less attention than in past seasons. Still, it should come as no surprise that Belichick and Brady are back in the AFC championship game.


Since the duo arrived in New England in 2000, the Patriots are 12-1 in the playoffs, the only defeat coming against Denver in last year's divisional round. Brady is a two-time Super Bowl MVP, and although he's struggled with turnovers this postseason, he's led New England to an 8-1 road record and has engineered two road victories in conference title games, in 2002 and 2005, both over Pittsburgh.


"There's no quarterback I'd rather have," Belichick said. "Nobody's going to play a perfect game."


While Manning hasn't played his best in this year's playoff wins over Kansas City and Baltimore, the Colts seem to have solidified the two areas that have held them back in recent years. Adam Vinatieri kicked five field goals in the 15-6 win over the Ravens on Saturday in the divisional round, and the once-suspect Indianapolis defense has passed two big playoff tests.


Vinatieri was one of the Colts' key free-agent acquisitions, signed not only for games like this one but also to weaken New England, his former team. With the Patriots the previous 10 seasons, Vinatieri proved he was one of the best big-game kickers in NFL history, making winning field goals in the 2002 and 2004 Super Bowls and providing the winning points in the Super Bowl in '05.


"When he walks out there, you always feel like he's not going to miss," said Colts coach Tony Dungy, whose team is 9-0 at home this season. "That was our whole goal when he was at New England, was you can't let him get close enough in a situation where a field goal is going to do it. I don't remember him missing in four or five years against me."


He's never missed in the RCA Dome, going 15-for-15 this season and 26-for-26 in his career. More importantly, Vinatieri has provided the Colts with the confidence that was lacking after Mike Vanderjagt's meltdown last season.


Vanderjagt is one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history, but had trouble in big games and badly missed a 46-yard attempt as the Colts lost 21-18 by Pittsburgh in the divisional round last season.


That was yet another flameout for Manning and the Colts, who started 13-0 in 2005 and looked to blow what appeared to be their best chance at a Super Bowl. Indianapolis started 9-0 this season, but went 3-4 down the stretch and entered the playoffs with many questions, especially on defense.


A unit that surrendered 173 rushing yards per game in the regular season, however, has regrouped, holding Kansas City to 126 total yards in a 23-8 win in the wild-card round, and allowing the Ravens just 83 rushing yards in Saturday's victory.


"I think we're playing consistently well for 60 minutes, and we're playing with an intensity that's been unmatched," former Pro Bowl linebacker Cato June said. "We're having fun doing it, and showing that all the stuff in the regular season doesn't matter."


How the defense has played the past two weeks won't matter if Indianapolis fails to get past New England for the third time in four seasons. Brady put rookie Stephen Gostkowski -- Vinatieri's replacement -- in position to calmly boot a 31-yard field goal with 1:10 remaining and complete yet another fourth-quarter comeback last week.


Gostkowski, considered a liability earlier in the season, has made all six of his field-goal attempts in the playoffs.


New England is 5-0 in AFC title games since the merger in 1970. The Colts are 0-3 in title games since winning the 1970 conference championship.

Of note is the fact the Pats are 7-1 this year on the road, while the Colts are 8-0 at home. This ought to be a good one.
 

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Game day weather:


Temperature 70 degrees

Wind 0 mph

Forecast clear and bright

Chance of water precipitation very, very low

Chance of beer precipitation high
 

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It's up in 1080i HD & DD5.1, on the CBS digital broadcasting network.
 

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Big thanks to KHOU Houston. Looks like they've shut down the weather sub. Picture from the field during pregame looks gorgeous!

 

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PQ looks great here in San Marcos, Texas - OTA - 1080i on my Toshiba 46HM84 DLP, via a Terk indoor antenna and US Digital receiver (component).
 

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Here in Atlatna, OTA on WGCL-DT 46.1. I hope this is a pre-game/handheld anamoly, but I saw some "swimming grass". Now it could be that my Sony 42A10 is 720p & I am effectively watching "540p" now, but I have never seen CBS outdid by FOX on an NFL broadcast before.



edit-Just after kickoff: Ok, they switched to their "A" game cameras. Getting that 3D look
 

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This game is the Super Bowl for the Colts. Get past the Patriots and they're home free. On my way down there now.....was asked to volunteer to help for some of the festivities outside of the dome.
 

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This game is the Super Bowl for the Colts. Get past the Patriots and they're home free.

I wouldn't be so sure about that. Da Bears looked pretty good today.....
 

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My wife is a Colt (she's from there) plus if we really are moving there in Feb. I want the town to be in a good mood ;-P.
 

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CBS WKRC out of Cincinnati, OH on TW is only broadcasting in SD right now. The HD broadcast was having a lost of issues so they switched. Every few minutes it completely cuts out and shows LOSS OF SIGNAL on the screen. All of my other HD channels are working like normal.
 

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CBS WKRC out of Cincinnati, OH on TW is only broadcasting in SD right now. The HD broadcast was having a lost of issues so they switched. Every few minutes it completely cuts out and shows LOSS OF SIGNAL on the screen. All of my other HD channels are working like normal.


Same problem here as well. I am in the Cincinnati area and use D*. All other channels fine. Must be and issue with WKRC.
 

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Same problem here as well. I am in the Cincinnati area and use D*. All other channels fine. Must be and issue with WKRC.

Luckily the Dayton CBS channel is available on TW in my area so I can at least watch the game without the awful pauses.
 

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Looks like it is back in HD here in Cincinnati, but the picture is still a bit jumpy.
 

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Where's the DD 5.1? Receiver is activated but no surround. Watching WISH-DT, Indy via Bright House. Surround was great from Fox (WXIN-DT, Indy) on the Chicago/New Orleans game.


Some hints of NBC in this game with the motion macroblocking...... :-(


Steve
 
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