Super Bowl 41
Feb. 4, 2007
Peyton Manning of the Colts added a Super Bowl MVP award to his long list of achievements. He was 25 of 38 for 247 yards and a touchdown pass as he rallied the Colts to a 29-17 victory in the South Florida rain. It was the first Super Bowl played in wet weather.
Another first: Tony Dungy became the first African-American coach to win the championship, beating good friend and protege Lovie Smith in a game that featured the first two African-American coaches in the Super Bowl.
Chicago's Devin Hester opened the game with a 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, the first time a Super Bowl began with a touchdown. Two possessions later, Manning connected on a 53-yard pass to Reggie Wayne. Hunter Smith mishandled the snap on the extra point, allowing the Bears to hold a 7-6 lead. The Bears took a 14-6 lead later in the quarter on Muhsin Muhammad's 4-yard touchdown reception.
The Colts scored 10 points in the second quarter, capped by Dominic Rhodes' 1-yard run, for a 16-14 halftime lead.
Indianapolis kicked field goals on its first two possessions of the third quarter and put the game away on Kelvin Hayden's 56-yard interception return for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
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