Indianapolis Colts defeat New England Patriots, 38-34

A man named "Lovie" from a place called Big Sandy, Texas, is going to the Super Bowl.

I don't exactly know where I'm going with that, but you've got to admit it looks good in print.

Lovie Smith is the man in question and his Bears will not be heading to Miami on any questionable or fraudulent terms. They kept taking the football away from the Saints, they shrugged off one electrifying Reggie Bush play, they ran the ball the way a would-be championship team should, they ...

Somebody switched the script. Whoever was supposed to deliver the scintillating ending to the respective locker rooms of the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts in this AFC Championship game must have committed an error.

Weren't the Patriots the team that was supposed to piece together the clutch drive with the game on the line? Didn't New England boast the group of wily veterans who never -- ever -- would relinquish a 21-3 lead? Wasn't Tom Brady the poised ...

On their magical ride to three Super Bowl victories, the Patriots' trademark was their ability to finish strong and come through in the clutch.

This time, there was no magic.

After building an 18-point first-half lead, the Patriots couldn't withstand a furious charge from the Indianapolis Colts last night, as a game they were seemingly in control of early turned into a wild shootout. Rookie running back Joseph Addai scored on a 3-yard run with one minute left, giving...

America was prepared for two more weeks of Bill Belichick-Hoodie-Chic, gridiron dynasty symposiums, and speculation about which supermodel might show up on the golden right arm of Tom Brady when the Patriots played the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.

Instead, it's going to be Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts against the Bears in Miami Feb. 4.

Manning finally fulfilled his destiny and purged the ghosts of Belichick and Brady last night as the Colts roared ba...