I began writing this piece at halftime during the Monday Night Football contest between the Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins because I couldn't even wait till the game was over to begin write something about it.
At that point the score was tied 13-13 at the half. In the first quarter the Colts and Dolphins had traded TDs, and in the second they traded field goals twice. The final two quarters promised to be as exciting as the first two were.
That promise was fulfilled, as the entire third quarter was a defensive struggle, with neither team scoring and the game going into the final quarter as tense and nailbiting as it was coming out of halftime.
There was plenty of action during the third quarter, even if there wasn’t any scoring, although it seemed Miami had the ball nearly the entire game.
Miami finally was able to score again at the 13:23 mark when Ronnie Brown, the Dolphins starting RB took it in from three yards out to make the score 20-13 in favor of Miami.
Just a few minutes later the Colts were able to tie it up once more as their featured back, Donald Brown, took it in from the 15 yard line to make it 20-20.
As time wound down the Dolphins marched down the field and hoped for a touchdown to really put the pressure on the Colts. In the end, though, they had to settle for a Dan Carpenter FG with 3:50 left in the game.
While the Colts had only controlled the ball for about 11 minutes of the game by that moment, there weren’t many in the stadium who didn’t realize there was plenty of time left for Manning to work his magic.
Less than a minute later he did just that, connecting with Peirre Garcon on a 48 yard strike to give Indianapolis the lead for good at 27-23.
Miami would mount a frantic bid to come back in the final minutes, but clock mismanagement and poor execution doomed their chances.
This was an exciting game, and one anyone who’s a fan of football would have enjoyed watching.