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Last Updated: Monday, 5 February 2007, 01:58 GMT
Super Bowl XLI as it happened
Dolphin Stadium, Miami

Final score:

Indianapolis Colts 29-17 Chicago Bears

By Mark Barden

0255: You know the end is near when you see players on the sidelines getting the drum of Gatorade ready to tip over the winning coach. Dungy gets wetter than he already is and the Colts triumph, beating the Bears 29-17. Manning is named the game's Most Valuable Player.

0245: Chicago know they have to make a big play pretty soon but Indianapolis are stifling their best efforts and doing a good job of running the clock down. It's looking good for the Colts.

0236: With nine minutes left, the Bears finally get their paws on Manning, with Mark Anderson and Todd Johnson sharing the sack.

0230: The Colts intercept Grossman again, with Sanders picking off his pass to Bernard Berrian and taking it 39 yards back the other way.

0221: TOUCHDOWN! Kelvin Hayden intercepts a poor Grossman pass to Muhammad, runs the ball 56 yards down the line and dives over. The Bears claim Hayden went out of bounds but the TD stands after officials review the tape. Vinatieri kicks the extra point and the Colts lead by 12.

0218: Influential Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison limps off after hurting his knee when tackled trying to collect a Manning pass down the middle.

0210: The third quarter ends with everything still to play for - the Colts have bossed the game in most departments but can't shake off the Bears.

0204: FIELD GOAL At last, the Bears finally get a boost as Gould kicks a 44-yard effort between the uprights to narrow the deficit to five points.

0155: FIELD GOAL Vinatieri kicks a third field goal from 20 yards and is then hit by a Bears player. Colts coach Tony Dungy declines the penalty and takes the three points to stretch his team's lead to eight. Chicago are on the rack but still in touch.

0150: Rhodes makes 42 yards for the Colts, evading a couple of tired looking attempted tackles - the Bears defence looks to be flagging.

0145: Chicago's offence finally has the ball back, but Grossman is sacked by defensive tackle Anthony McFarland. He then fumbles the next snap. The jitters which have plagued the Bears QB in the past have returned.

0139: FIELD GOAL Vinatieri kicks another field goal, this time from 24 yards, with Smith making up for his earlier error by placing the ball well in testing conditions.

0134: Manning increasingly looks to have the measure of Chicago's defence, gaining yardage in short bursts through hand-offs and short passes to the tireless Addai.

0125: The Bears kick off the second half knowing they have to find some more offence if they are going to knock Manning and Co out of their stride.

0055: Vinatieri - normally the Super Bowl's Mr Ice Cool - misses with a 36-yard field goal attempt, hooking to the left, as the first half ends. Prince provides the entertainment after an incident-packed two quarters.

0050: Grossman fumbles a snap for the game's sixth turnover - the filthy weather really isn't helping anybody's handling, but it's a bad error.

0043: Bad news for Bears fans as Chicago confirm Benson will not return to the game. The NFC champions are now under severe pressure as the downpour continues. Miami? More like Manchester.

0034: TOUCHDOWN! Manning is finally looking comfortable as a seven-play sequence culminates in Dominic Rhodes going over from a yard out. Indianapolis are ahead for the first time, and Vinatieri kicks the extra point.

0022: FIELD GOAL Indianapolis are on the attack and Vinatieri, a three-time Super Bowl winner with New England, kicks a 29-yard field goal for the Colts.

0015: An error-strewn first quarter ends with the Bears having adapted best to the treacherous conditions and leading by six points.

0010: Bears running back Cedric Benson needs treatment after his knee takes a pounding trying to get Chicago out of trouble, and he limps off.

0004: Another fumble, this time by the Bears following a thunderous tackle by defensive back Bob Sanders, puts the Colts in the driving seat on the Chicago 45-yard line with the clock running down on the first quarter

2354: TOUCHDOWN! Bears QB Grossman keeps the Colts on the back foot and finds wide receiver Mushin Muhammad in the endzone with a four-yard completion. Gould does the honours to make it 14-6.

2351: Chicago keep up the pressure on the Indianapolis offence, forcing two fumbles on successive plays. Bears running back Thomas Jones then carries for 52 yards, but Antoine Bethea's tackle prevents the touchdown.

2347: TOUCHDOWN! Manning's persistence pays off as he finds Reggie Wayne wide open with a lofted 53-yard pass and the wide receiver cruises over. But with the rain showing no sign of easing, Hunter Smith fumbles the wet ball and fails to place it for kicker Adam Vinatieri.

2344: Manning settles the Indianapolis offence, using tailback Joseph Addai on several plays as he indulges in a spot of cat-and-mouse with Brian Urlacher and the Chicago defence.

2335: The Colts look rattled as their offence is penalised a couple of times, and quarterback Manning's next pass is picked off by Chris Harris. Maybe, just maybe, this is going to be Chicago's night...

2327: TOUCHDOWN! The game begins in a sensational manner, with Chicago's Devin Hester returning the Colts' kick-off 92 yards for a touchdown. Robbie Gould kicks the extra point to put the Bears 7-0 ahead as they chase their first Super Bowl win since 1986.

2324: Ex-Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino and the widow of former Kansas Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt conduct the toss. Chicago win and elect to receive.

2315: Billy Joel belts out the Star Spangled Banner as the rain keeps on falling in Miami. The conditions could make things very interesting.

2310 (all times GMT): Okay, so I'm not in Miami, but it's raining ahead of the big game at Dolphin Stadium, so maybe I'm better off tucked up in TV Centre. Who am I kidding? Of course I'd rather be there.

Most of the pundits are tipping Peyton Manning and the Colts to tame the Bears and their awesome defence, but anything can happen in the Super Bowl.

Chicago quarterback Rex Grossman isn't exactly Mr Consistency, but he's shone in the play-offs, and there's less pressure on him to perform.

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