Peyton giveth and taketh away

The Patriots had the AFC title in their hands and Bill Simmons can't believe Peyton Manning took it away.

Updated: January 23, 2007, 2:30 PM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2

We had it.

Those are three words you never expect to say as a Patriots fan. Not during the Belichick-Brady Era, anyway. But after a truly remarkable AFC Championship Game – Colts 38, Pats 34 – those were the only three words I kept saying. We had it when we were driving inside the Colts' 20 with a 21-3 lead. We had it when we kicked the go-ahead field goal with five minutes left. We had it when we stopped Manning three-and-out. We had it on our own 40 with 3:30 to play, needing ...

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