Manning shakes label of not being able to win big one

Maybe it was the little prayer Peyton Manning said before the final drive. Or maybe it was Bryan Fletcher's big idea. This much is certain: Manning is finally going to the Super Bowl, writes Len Pasquarelli.

Updated: January 22, 2007, 9:55 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- It is the situation in which every quarterback, but especially Peyton Manning, has envisioned himself hundreds of times.

A Super Bowl berth on the line. Slightly over two minutes remaining in the game. Eighty yards to the opposite end zone. And a lot of adverse history, and haunting questions about the inability to win The Big One, permeating the moment.

So how did Manning begin the game-winning drive in the Colts' improbable 38-34 win over the New England Patriots here ...

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