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Vinatieri adding to playoff legacy

With the Colts' offense strangely in remission, the Adam Vinatieri signing looked awfully smart on Saturday, writes Greg Garber.

Updated: January 14, 2007, 3:34 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

BALTIMORE -- This wasn't exactly the climate-controlled RCA Dome, so as the possibility of a 50-yard-plus field goal loomed, Tony Dungy politely asked Adam Vinatieri if he was up to it.

"Got it. We're in good shape," Vinatieri told the Colts' head coach.

The 51-yard kick wasn't his best effort, Vinatieri later conceded, but it came down square on the crossbar -- and bounced over it.

"Thank goodness it was enough," Vinatieri said later.

The second-quarter field goal was, in retrospect, ...

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