2003 AFC Championship: Patriots 24, Colts 14.
The 2003 AFC Championship game was probably the pinnacle of New England's dynasty defense.
In the Colts' two playoff matchups leading into the contest—against the Chiefs and the Broncos—Peyton Manning and his offense posted a combined 681 yards and 79 points. In vintage Patriots fashion, they iced the red-hot Manning with their own wintry mix of Foxboro snow to stifle the Indianapolis offense and advance to the Super Bowl once again.
Ty Law, a Patriots hero during his glory years, was accountable for three of the four interceptions Manning tossed in the game. Rodney Harrison reeled in Manning's other miscue, intercepting a pass in the end zone to stop a scoring opportunity for the Colts.
For Pats fans during the Bill Belichick era, this game was a microcosm of what the New England Patriots were all about.
Cold, sloppy weather and a team that wins with defense. It may not be the same type of team today, but fans will always remember how awesome those teams were at the beginning of the millennium.
Nonetheless, if Peyton Manning returns to full health, football fans will be salivating at the opportunity to see this rivalry add a few more chapters to the archives.
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