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By Harvey Fialkov and Tribune newspapers | February 5, 2010
- Colts coach Jim Caldwell knows choosing between % Adam Vinatieri and Matt Stover to kick a potential winning field goal in Super Bowl XLIV on Sunday is like picking between a classic Lexus or Mercedes-Benz. Both may have plenty of tread on the tires, but they're clutch when it counts. "We've been blessed to have both," Caldwell said. "I saw a couple of weeks ago both were (nominated) on the all-decade team. … You can't get much better than that." Caldwell will give the keys to Stover, simply because he doesn't believe that Vinatieri is 100 percent recovered from knee surgery in mid-October, his third operation since last summer, including a hip procedure.
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By Harvey Fialkov and Tribune newspapers | February 5, 2010
- Colts coach Jim Caldwell knows choosing between % Adam Vinatieri and Matt Stover to kick a potential winning field goal in Super Bowl XLIV on Sunday is like picking between a classic Lexus or Mercedes-Benz. Both may have plenty of tread on the tires, but they're clutch when it counts. "We've been blessed to have both," Caldwell said. "I saw a couple of weeks ago both were (nominated) on the all-decade team. … You can't get much better than that." Caldwell will give the keys to Stover, simply because he doesn't believe that Vinatieri is 100 percent recovered from knee surgery in mid-October, his third operation since last summer, including a hip procedure.
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By [Compiled by Ken Murray] | January 14, 2007
What went right -- The Ravens held the Colts to two field goals after Peyton Manning had them as close as the 5- and 23-yard lines on separate possessions. DT Haloti Ngata and LB Terrell Suggs stuffed Joseph Addai on consecutive downs inside the 10 to force the Colts to settle for a 23-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri on the first possession. An 18-yard punt return by Cory Ross late in the quarter set up the Ravens for their first points, a 40-yard field goal by Matt Stover on the first play of the second quarter.
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By From Sun news services | January 8, 2010
Indianapolis Colts coach Jim Caldwell plans to use former Raven Matt Stover during the playoffs instead of four-time Super Bowl winner Adam Vinatieri , regarded as the best clutch kicker in NFL history. Caldwell explained his decision Thursday, saying Vinatieri had not fully recovered from midseason surgery on his kicking knee, and that Stover had done a "great job" since joining the team in October. "I think the concern was health issues or whatever," Vinatieri said.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | January 11, 2004
FOXBORO, Mass. - The script the New England Patriots have used for victory much of the past three seasons came into play again last night. New England, whose success has been credited to structure, schemes and grit more than overwhelming talent, outlasted the Tennessee Titans, 17-14, in an AFC divisional playoff game played in bitterly cold, hard-fought conditions in front of 66,165 at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots will play host to the winner of today's Indianapolis Colts-Kansas City Chiefs game next Sunday in the AFC championship game.
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By Don Pierson and Don Pierson,Chicago Tribune | January 20, 2007
INDIANAPOLIS -- Adam Vinatieri is out to prove it is football, after all, not armball. As another Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning showdown looms in tomorrow's AFC title game, Vinatieri is poised to make liars of the historians who believe quarterbacks are more important than kickers. While Brady gets the accolades for winning three of the past five Super Bowls with the New England Patriots, the record will show that field goals by Vinatieri were the difference every time -- 20-17 over the St. Louis Rams, 32-29 over the Carolina Panthers, and 24-21 over the Philadelphia Eagles.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | January 30, 2004
HOUSTON -- Close calls run in the family of Adam Vinatieri, the New England Patriots' clutch kicker. Vinatieri is the great-great-grandson of Gen. George Custer's band leader. Custer had left Felix Vinatieri and the band at the Powder River before the general and 276 of his cavalrymen were ambushed and massacred in a legendary battle at Little Big Horn in 1876. "Only one person -- actually, one thing -- came back, and it was one of the horses," Vinatieri said. "Thankfully for me and my family, they left the band back.
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By Jamison Hensley and Mike Preston and Jamison Hensley and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | February 4, 2002
NEW ORLEANS - Game-winning field goals have become a habit lately for Adam Vinatieri. Two weeks ago, the New England Patriots kicker hit field goals from 45 and 23 yards in four inches of snow to tie and win an AFC divisional playoff game against the Oakland Raiders. Last night, he won the Super Bowl for the Patriots, converting a 48-yard field goal as time expired. "We shocked the world," Vinatieri said, "but we didn't shock ourselves." It was the 13th game-winning field goal of Vinatieri's six-year career.
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December 10, 2007
COLTS 44, RAVENS 7 Another Gonzalez TD catch Another touchdown pass from Manning to Gonzalez pushed the Colts in front 44-7. Conversely, Kyle Boller fumbled once and was intercepted for the third time in the game. Scoring COLTS: Gonzalez 40 pass from Manning (Vinatieri kick), 12:37.
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January 2, 2006
"Flutie might have been there the last time it happened." Adam Vinatieri, Patriots kicker, on 43-year-old Doug Flutie, who converted the NFL's first successful drop kick since 1941 for an extra point in the fourth quarter against Miami
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,ken.murray@baltsun.com | October 15, 2009
If he was unable to kick for the Ravens any longer, Matt Stover wanted the chance to kick for a Super Bowl contender. He got his wish Wednesday when his resume and the Indianapolis Colts' need matched up nicely. "That's why I've been so patient," Stover said after his introductory news conference in Indianapolis. "I made all these decisions in the offseason to give myself options. It wasn't about money; it was about the opportunity to go to the Super Bowl." The former Ravens kicker signed a guaranteed one-year contract with the Colts after acing a Tuesday workout in which he hit a pair of 53-yard field-goal attempts.
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October 13, 2008
1 Colts 17 Ravens 0 After Ravens cornerback Chris McAlister was burned for a 67-yard touchdown pass from Colts quarterback Peyton Manning to wide receiver Marvin Harrison at 9:43, it seemed the air went out of the Ravens' defense. Manning and Harrison, who have combined for 110 career touchdown passes, might not have had one any easier. Manning hooked up with Reggie Wayne for a 22-yard touchdown with 2:43 left in the quarter, and the Colts added a field goal shortly thereafter for a 17-0 lead.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Sun reporter | February 2, 2008
PHOENIX -- If tomorrow's game comes down to a game-winning kick, this will be the first Super Bowl this decade that the New England Patriots won't be able to turn to Adam Vinatieri. Stephen Gostkowski, a second-year kicker, has the unenviable job of replacing New England's Super Bowl hero. Vinatieri, who left in free agency to join the Indianapolis Colts in 2006, kicked game-winning field goals in the final seconds of the Patriots' first two Super Bowl victories, and his 22-yard kick midway through the fourth quarter proved to be the difference in New England's 24-21 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles three years ago. "It's not like I looked at his tape and said, `I've got to kick this field goal or do what he did,' " Gostkowski said.
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December 10, 2007
COLTS 44, RAVENS 7 Another Gonzalez TD catch Another touchdown pass from Manning to Gonzalez pushed the Colts in front 44-7. Conversely, Kyle Boller fumbled once and was intercepted for the third time in the game. Scoring COLTS: Gonzalez 40 pass from Manning (Vinatieri kick), 12:37.
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February 5, 2007
Thomas Jones and Cedric Benson vs. Colts run defense Did you see that lick Sanders applied to Benson late in the first quarter to cause a turnover at the Bears' 43? Even I winced at the impact, and I was sitting on a sofa hundreds of miles away from the play. A few series later, Benson was knocked out of the game with a left knee injury, and the Colts had to worry about only one running back instead of two. Aside from a 52-yard scamper by Jones (112 yards on 15 carries) in the same period, the Colts handcuffed the Bears' power running game.
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By Don Pierson and Don Pierson,Chicago Tribune | January 20, 2007
INDIANAPOLIS -- Adam Vinatieri is out to prove it is football, after all, not armball. As another Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning showdown looms in tomorrow's AFC title game, Vinatieri is poised to make liars of the historians who believe quarterbacks are more important than kickers. While Brady gets the accolades for winning three of the past five Super Bowls with the New England Patriots, the record will show that field goals by Vinatieri were the difference every time -- 20-17 over the St. Louis Rams, 32-29 over the Carolina Panthers, and 24-21 over the Philadelphia Eagles.
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October 13, 2008
1 Colts 17 Ravens 0 After Ravens cornerback Chris McAlister was burned for a 67-yard touchdown pass from Colts quarterback Peyton Manning to wide receiver Marvin Harrison at 9:43, it seemed the air went out of the Ravens' defense. Manning and Harrison, who have combined for 110 career touchdown passes, might not have had one any easier. Manning hooked up with Reggie Wayne for a 22-yard touchdown with 2:43 left in the quarter, and the Colts added a field goal shortly thereafter for a 17-0 lead.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Reporter | January 14, 2007
Coming into the playoffs, the Indianapolis Colts figured to be a team that was going to rely more on the accurate right arm of quarterback Peyton Manning than on the strong right leg of kicker Adam Vinatieri. For the Colts to survive, they were going to have to win shootouts, not shutouts. Manning has thrown five interceptions and only one touchdown pass in the postseason, but Indianapolis is going to the AFC championship game after Vinatieri's five field goals and another stingy performance by the once-maligned defense led the Colts to a 15-6 win yesterday over the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.
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