The Indianapolis Colts had the biggest comeback in AFC Championship history and beat the Patriots, 38-34. Peyton Manning threw for 349 yards, scored on a run and a pass, and led a last minute drive that shed his image of a bad postseason quarterback.
The Patriots had a monster first half, jumping to a lead of 21-3 thanks to touchdowns by Logan Mankins, a lineman who recovered a fumble and smashed into the endzone; Corey Dillon on a seven-yard run; and Asante Samuel who returned an interception 39 yards.
However, the Colts rallied back, with Adam Vinatieri kicking two field goals and one yard touchdowns by Peyton Manning and Dan Klecko. Manning passed to Marvin Harrison for a two point conversion to tie the game at 21 with 4:06 left in the third quarter.
Ellis Hobbs got the Patriots back in the game with an 80-yard sideline sprint on the kick return, setting up a Brady TD pass to Jabar Gaffney to take the lead. The touchdown was replayed several times to determine weather Gaffney had run out of bounds before the catch, but the call stood and New England was up 28-21.
Just 1:26 minutes into the fourth quarter, the Colts' Dominic Rhodes fumbled the ball at the goal line for the Colts, but a quick move by lineman Jeff Saturday recovered the football in the endzone and tied the game at 28.
With 7:45 left in the game, Stephen Gostkowski booted a 28-yarder to put the Pats on top, but 2:11 later, Vinatieri answered with a 36-yard kick to tie the game yet again at 31.