Super Bowl XLI

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Super Bowl XLI was an American football game played between the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Indianapolis Colts and the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Chicago Bears to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 2006 season.wikipedia
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2006 Indianapolis Colts season

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Super Bowl XLI was an American football game played between the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Indianapolis Colts and the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Chicago Bears to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 2006 season.
However, they did improve upon their postseason performance and advanced further into the playoffs, winning Super Bowl XLI.

2006 NFL season

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Super Bowl XLI was an American football game played between the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Indianapolis Colts and the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Chicago Bears to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 2006 season.
The NFL title was eventually won by the Indianapolis Colts, when they defeated the Chicago Bears 29–17 in Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium at Miami Gardens, Florida on February 4.

2006 Chicago Bears season

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Super Bowl XLI was an American football game played between the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Indianapolis Colts and the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Chicago Bears to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 2006 season.
The Bears played the Indianapolis Colts at Super Bowl XLI, where they lost 29–17.

Tony Dungy

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In addition, the Bears' Lovie Smith and the Colts' Tony Dungy both became the first African-American head coaches to coach in the Super Bowl, with Dungy the first to win.
Dungy became the first black head coach to win the Super Bowl when his Colts defeated the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.

Peyton Manning

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Colts quarterback Peyton Manning was named the game's Most Valuable Player (MVP), completing 25 of 38 passes for 247 yards and a touchdown, with one interception for a passer rating of 81.8.
During his tenure as starting quarterback, Manning led the team to eight division championships, two AFC championships, and one Super Bowl title, the franchise's first in over three decades, as well as their first since relocating to Indianapolis.

Devin Hester

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Chicago posted the then-earliest lead in Super Bowl history when returner Devin Hester ran back the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown after 14 seconds had elapsed (a record later broken in Super Bowl XLVIII when the Seattle Seahawks scored a safety 12 seconds into the game).
He is widely regarded as one of the best return specialists in NFL history, and was the first person ever to return the opening kick of the Super Bowl back for a touchdown.

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The game was played on February 4, 2007 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
The stadium has hosted five Super Bowls (XXIII, XXIX, XXXIII, XLI and XLIV), the 2010 Pro Bowl, two World Series ( and ), four BCS National Championship Games (2001, 2005, 2009, 2013), the second round of the 2009 World Baseball Classic, and WrestleMania XXVIII.

1970 Baltimore Colts season

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The Colts, who finished with a 12–4 regular season record, were making their first Super Bowl appearance since winning Super Bowl V in the 1970 season during the team's tenure in Baltimore, they had moved to Indianapolis in 1984.
The Colts did not return to the championship game for 36 years, until Super Bowl XLI in February 2007.

Super Bowl XLVIII

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Chicago posted the then-earliest lead in Super Bowl history when returner Devin Hester ran back the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown after 14 seconds had elapsed (a record later broken in Super Bowl XLVIII when the Seattle Seahawks scored a safety 12 seconds into the game).
South Florida / Miami has hosted ten Super Bowls (II, III, V, X, XIII, XXIII, XXIX, XXXIII, XLI, and XLIV).

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This game featured two teams ending long Super Bowl appearance droughts.

Marvin Harrison

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Over the next four seasons, Manning, along with other stars such as receiver Marvin Harrison and running back Edgerrin James, turned the Colts into one of the best offensive teams in the NFL, but the team struggled to find consistency on defense and always ended up with either a losing season or elimination from the playoffs in the first round.
He earned a Super Bowl ring with the team in Super Bowl XLI over the Chicago Bears.

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Behind them, linebacker Cato June led the team in tackles (92) and interceptions (3).
A 2006 Pro Bowl choice, June was a member of the Super Bowl XLI champion Colts that defeated the Chicago Bears.

Reggie Wayne

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Receiver Reggie Wayne was also a major deep threat with 86 receptions for 1,310 yards and 9 touchdowns.
A six-time Pro Bowl selection, Wayne was a member of the Colts' Super Bowl XLI championship team that beat the Chicago Bears.

Kelvin Hayden

The Colts forced five turnovers, including cornerback Kelvin Hayden's 56-yard interception return for a touchdown.
In Super Bowl XLI he returned a Rex Grossman interception (the first of his career) 56 yards for a touchdown in a win over the Chicago Bears.

Adam Vinatieri

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Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri also scored three field goals.
The Colts reached Super Bowl XLI after defeating the New England Patriots in the [[2006–07 NFL playoffs#AFC Championship: Indianapolis Colts 38, New England Patriots 34|AFC Championship game]].

Joseph Addai

On the ground, rookie running back Joseph Addai led the team with 1,081 yards and a 4.8 yards-per-carry average despite not starting any games in the regular season.
He won Super Bowl XLI with the Colts, defeating the Chicago Bears.

Dallas Clark

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Tight ends Ben Utecht and Dallas Clark were also reliable targets, each recording over 30 receptions for over 300 yards.
He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft and he was a member of their Super Bowl XLI championship team against the Chicago Bears.

Jeff Saturday

The offensive line was led by Pro Bowlers Jeff Saturday and Tarik Glenn.
Saturday then signed with the Indianapolis Colts, with whom he played 13 seasons, won Super Bowl XLI over the Chicago Bears and was selected to four All-Pro teams and five Pro Bowls.

Dwight Freeney

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Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis (who recorded 9.5 sacks and forced 4 fumbles) were widely considered to be among the best pass-rushing defensive ends in the NFL.
With the Colts, Freeney won Super Bowl XLI over the Chicago Bears, and made seven Pro Bowls.

Robert Mathis

Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis (who recorded 9.5 sacks and forced 4 fumbles) were widely considered to be among the best pass-rushing defensive ends in the NFL.
A six-time Pro Bowler, Mathis won Super Bowl XLI with the Colts in 2006 over the Chicago Bears.

Dominic Rhodes

Running back Dominic Rhodes was also a major contributor, rushing for 641 yards and catching 36 passes for 251 yards.
He earned a Super Bowl ring with the Colts in Super Bowl XLI, defeating the Chicago Bears, and set an NFL record for rushing yards by an undrafted rookie, with 1,104 yards.

Super Bowl

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This game featured two teams ending long Super Bowl appearance droughts.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts continued the era of AFC dominance by winning Super Bowls XL and XLI in 2005–06 and 2006–07, respectively defeating the Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears.

Charles Tillman

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In the secondary, cornerbacks Ricky Manning and Charles Tillman each recorded five interceptions.
Tillman played 12 years for the Bears, helping them reach Super Bowl XLI, and also played one year with the Carolina Panthers, making Super Bowl 50 with the team, although he had been placed on injured reserve earlier in the season.

Lovie Smith

In addition, the Bears' Lovie Smith and the Colts' Tony Dungy both became the first African-American head coaches to coach in the Super Bowl, with Dungy the first to win.
Smith became the first African-American head coach (and the second minority coach, behind Tom Flores) to lead his team to a Super Bowl, just hours before Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy, his good friend and mentor, became the second.

2006 Baltimore Ravens season

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Then, they defeated the Baltimore Ravens 15–6, winning on a playoff record-tying five field goals by Vinatieri and holding running back Jamal Lewis (who rushed for 1,132 yards during the season) to just 53 yards.
The Colts would go on to defeat the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.