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El Dorado Hills’ Collie helps Colts make the Super Bowl

El Dorado Hills native Austin Collie is going to the Super Bowl. After an amazing performance in Sunday’s AFC Championship game, he was a main reason the Indianapolis Colts got in the big game, but he now could be a big reason the Indianapolis Colts win it, too.

Collie put a stamp on his stellar rookie NFL season with a seven-catch, 123-yard performance yesterday, including the most important touchdown catch of the game.

Just like he did in his days as an Oak Ridge Trojan, Collie found a way to take over the game, and with the help of quarterback Peyton Manning, carried his team back into a game they were on their way to losing.

Down 17-6 against the New York Jets late in the second quarter, things looked dismal for the Colts. Playing the best defense in the NFL, the Colts drove downfield twice earlier only to come away with field goals. Then, with only 2:11 left before the half, Manning changed the game plan to focus on Collie.

In just four plays, the Colts drove 80 yards down the field in 58 seconds to get an important score and swing the momentum before halftime. The first play was an incomplete pass to tight end Dallas Clark, Manning’s usually surefire target. The other three went to Collie.

On second down, Manning threw a pass short left to Collie, who then ran with the ball after the catch for a reception totaling 18 yards. On the following play, Manning threw deep to Collie, who beat double coverage for a 46-yard catch before being tackled at the New York 16 yard line. On the final play, Manning threw over the top of defenders in the back of the end zone to a diving Collie who caught a 16-yard touchdown.

The Colts went into halftime only down 17-13 shortly after that drive. Essentially, that series may have won them the game.

The Jets went scoreless the entire second half, deflated from Manning and Collie’s first-half heroics. The Colts, meanwhile, used the momentum they gained from that final score to rattle off 17 more points in the second half and seal a spot in the Super Bowl.

Much of the praise after the game went to fellow Colts’ receiver Pierre Garcon, who finished a fantastic game with 11 receptions for 151 yards and a touchdown. While Garcon was born in Florida, his family is originally from Haiti, and many members still lived there as earthquakes recently devastated the country.  The focus naturally went with his success in the game, as his 11 receptions were an AFC Championship game record and his touchdown was the go-ahead score for the Colts.

But Collie’s effort won’t be forgotten, despite being overshadowed. He is completely on Manning’s radar now, and with each team focused on shutting down top receiver Reggie Wayne, Manning has become an expert at finding alternative sources for scoring.

“They had their shine on today,” Wayne said of Collie and Garcon to reporters after the game. “Those guys have been working all year, just been grinding, waiting for the opportunity. And the AFC championship game was a great time to show it.”

Garcon and Collie provide a one-two punch no team can stop, not even the best defense in the NFL.

With the New Orleans Saints coming into the big game with a defense nowhere near as talented, look for the Colts to light up the scoreboard again, and look for Collie to continue to make a name for himself and the Sacramento area with every opportunity he gets.

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  1. January 25th, 2010 at 12:11 pm by The Weekly Snitch: Jan. 25, 2010 | The Sports Informant

    […] But there was a silver lining in Sacramento sports last week. I wrote a full column about Austin Collie’s efforts Sunday helping the Indianapolis Colts reach the Super Bowl, but he deserves mention in The Weekly Snitch, […]

  2. January 29th, 2010 at 8:18 am by superbowl XLIV live

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  3. January 29th, 2010 at 1:34 pm by Chauncey Lupiani

    Time for an early Mardi Gras around Miami. The colts may have the knowledge, but the Saints have got a stronger offense than anything the colts have faced in a very long time. The Saints defense has additionally picked it up a notch. Manning may be a amazing quarterback yet even he can be flustered when you get to him often enough. I can’t wait to see New Orleans with a Lombardi Trophy!

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  6. January 31st, 2010 at 9:28 pm by Lamont Ortga

    I can not wait to see this game! The saints should be able to put up a lot of points against the colts. New Orleans definitely looks like it’s a team of desitiny. The defense has absolutely stepped up in the post season. There are not a lot of doubts about the offense. Time to welcome the Lombardi Trophy to the Big Easy!

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  8. February 2nd, 2010 at 11:21 pm by Frederick

    We’re super pumped about the NFL Superbowl. It’s a offensive shoot out. I’ll pick dem New Orleans Saints in a close game.

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  10. February 4th, 2010 at 10:50 pm by RickyMac

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  11. February 4th, 2010 at 10:52 pm by RickyMac

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  12. February 5th, 2010 at 11:48 pm by Brett Carrier

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  13. February 6th, 2010 at 3:53 pm by Hank Brazie

    Ahhh The Colts defense has had to play without 3 key starters for a while. Powers needed to get better which is why he didn’t play against the Jets. Brocks a starter just not at DE because Freeney and Mathis are so good. The Saints on the other hand have a poor defense and Manning will light them up. Everyone knows Brees will fumble atleast once. Just take a look at his record, he’s 6/10 on fumbles. The saints defense will lose it for them. It’s obvious The Colts defense has gotten better each game. The saints arent very good closers, the Colts are the best at playing 60 mins. Colts by at least 2 tds.

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  16. February 7th, 2010 at 2:05 pm by glen

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  17. February 12th, 2010 at 1:57 am by Donald Woodhull

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