New England Patriots defeat Indianapolis Colts, 24-14

FOXBOROUGH -- There's your answer, exclamation point included.

Oh, yes. The question. All week we wondered which would give in a clash between one of the more potent offenses in recent memory, that of the Indianapolis Colts, or a New England Patriots defense that can make itself comfortable in any discussion of dominant defenses. We got our answer. It was the Colts who gave in yesterday's AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium. They gave. And gave. And gave. And gave...

FOXBOROUGH -- In the end, it was more celebration than contest, more coronation than competition.

The New England Patriots are going to the Super Bowl for the fourth time in franchise history, the second time in three years. A week from Sunday, it'll be New England vs. the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

In a final, flurried, fun-filled afternoon at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots won their 14th consecutive game yesterday, a 24-1...

FOXBOROUGH -- Early last week, when there were no television cameras around to capture their most private thoughts, the New England Patriots had a family meeting.

They told each other that they weren't concentrating enough. They told each other that their season would end with tears -- and the echo of Jim Nantz interviewing an Indianapolis Colt -- if they couldn't get themselves together in the AFC Championship game. They told each other that Colts tight end Marcus Poll...

FOXBOROUGH -- There's your answer, exclamation point included.

Oh, yes. The question. All week we wondered which would give in a clash between one of the more potent offenses in recent memory, that of the Indianapolis Colts, or a New England Patriots defense that can make itself comfortable in any discussion of dominant defenses. We got our answer. It was the Colts who gave in yesterday's AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium. They gave. And gave. And gave. And gave...

FOXBOROUGH -- In the end, it was more celebration than contest, more coronation than competition.

The New England Patriots are going to the Super Bowl for the fourth time in franchise history, the second time in three years. A week from Sunday, it'll be New England vs. the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

In a final, flurried, fun-filled afternoon at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots won their 14th consecutive game yesterday, a 24-1...

FOXBOROUGH -- Early last week, when there were no television cameras around to capture their most private thoughts, the New England Patriots had a family meeting.

They told each other that they weren't concentrating enough. They told each other that their season would end with tears -- and the echo of Jim Nantz interviewing an Indianapolis Colt -- if they couldn't get themselves together in the AFC Championship game. They told each other that Colts tight end Marcus Poll...