The Patriots set up another field goal attempt, a 43-yarder, and Gostkowski delivered with a kick to put New England on top, 34-31, with 3:49 left in the game.
After Manning threw three straight incomplete passes and was forced to punt with 3:35 left on the clock, it looked like the Patriots could win it with a couple first downs. The drive started out on a bad note for New England after they had 12 men in their huddle and were given a five yard penalty. Brady completed two passes for 11 yards, but a brilliant deflection by Bob Sanders forced the Patriots to punt it to the Colts with 2:17 left to go.
Starting at the Indianapolis 20, Manning completed three of four passes for 57 yards, a penalty gave them an additional 12, and rookie running back Joseph Addai ran for 11 more. He also finished the drive with a three-yard TD scamper to take the lead for the first time, 38-34, with 1:02 left to play.
Peyton Manning held his head in his hands on the sidelines, too nervous to watch the Patriots' attempt at dashing his Super Bowl hopes. Tom Brady made a valiant effort on the last drive, getting two first downs and taking it to the New England 40, but his fate was sealed when he was intercepted by Marlin Jackson, and the Indianapolis Colts moved on to their first Super Bowl to play the Bears in Miami.