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Horse Tracks 1/25/10 - Colts, Saints advance to Super Bowl XLIV

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Good Morning, MHR Friends! Not that I expect any of you are rooting for the Colts anyway, but you've gotta feel good for the City of New Orleans, huh? Just a couple quick thoughts...
1. How many times did you see 250+ lb. guys trying to pick up a fumble and run with the ball instead of diving on it?
2. How terrible was that pass-interference call in OT against the Vikings? Brutal...
3. How in the world did they not call a 15-yard penalty on that play where Sanchez got mauled after a handoff?
4. I know you've all been waiting for it...Brett Favre Will He/Won't He Season began last night!!! Woohoo!!! (Gag me)

CNNM - If you believe the Super Bowl indicator, root for the Colts - Chris Isidore
Apparently, the only thing better than an NFL-based team winning the SB is a Broncos victory in the big game...

PWF - Players' union getting very anxious

NFL - New York Jets 17 at Indianapolis Colts 30

NFL - Minnesota Vikings 28 at New Orleans Saints 31

AFC West News

KCS - Chiefs’ Waters a finalist for Walter Payton Man of the Year Award - Randy Covitz

PFW - Bills', Raiders' problems start at top

SFC - Receivers reflect Raiders' dysfunction - Scott Ostler

CCT - Raiders have a commitment to indecision - Gary Peterson

NFL News

NFL - Finalists named for Walter Payton Man of the Year Award

NFL - NFL opts not to hold second game in UK in 2010

SN - Browns Expected To Cut Stallworth After Reinstatement - The Trenches

SN - Salisbury Comes Clean About Being Dirty - Dan Levy

Championships

SF - The Mothership - Ted Bartlett

NFP - Championship Sunday rewind - Matt Bowen

SN - Conference championship Checkdown: Brees-Manning fireworks set stage for a classic game - Vinnie Iyer

SI - A Bayou slopfest for all time, Indy's clutch moments and more Snaps - Don Banks

NYT - Exciting Game, Unsatisfying Ending: New Formula for Overtime Needed - Brian Burke

FH - Could NFC Title Game Lead to Change in OT Rules? - JJ Cooper

AFC

NFL - Manning's mission drives Colts past Jets, to another Super Bowl - Vic Carucci

SI - Peyton, Miami-bound Colts create their own standard of perfection - Damon Hack

Y! - Manning only concerned with ultimate goal - Dan Wetzel

Y! - Collie, Garcon prove to be missing pieces - Charles Robinson

FH - More Comeback Magic for Manning - Nancy Gay

FH - Jets Defense Lets AFC Championship Slip Away - Dan Graziano

FH - Caldwell's Dungy-Like Demeanor Is a Hit - Kevin Blackistone

FH - Colts' Youngsters, Collie and Garcon, Come Up Big - Nancy Gay

FOX - Even against Jets, Manning proves unflappable - Mark Kriegel

ESPN - For Manning, no clang against ticking clock - Paul Kuharsky

ESPN - Time is on the Jets' side - Tim Graham

NFC

NYT - Purple Postseason Pain

NFL - Turnover-prone Vikings help hand Saints historic victory - Steve Wyche

SI - Saints, city of New Orleans hit the jackpot after years of heartache - Don Banks

Y! - Favre hit early and often by Saints - Jason Cole

SI - Saints came through in the clutch; Favre foiled again in title game - John P. Lopez

CBS - Saints Aint losers no more after NFC-winning kick in OT - Pete Prisco

FOX - Like their city, Saints pull together - Alex Marvez

FH - Saints and Their City Finally Get a Break - Jay Mariotti

FH - Saints' Inspiring Turnaround Built From Ground Up - Thomas George

FH - Relentless Saints 'Never Give Up' - Chris Harry

FH - Sweet Redemption for Garrett Hartley - Matt Snyder

FH - Vikings Fans Have Been Here Before - JJ Cooper

FH - Vikings' 12-Man Gaffe Costly - Matt Snyder

ESPN - Saints are marching to the Super Bowl - Pat Yasinskas

ESPN - A lasting and painful memory for Favre - Gene Wojciechowski

ESPN - Favre the human shock absorber - Len Pasquarelli

ESPN - A polar performance for Peterson - Kevin Seifert

Super Bowl

SN - Arm wrestling: Colts-Saints Super Bowl to be an aerial assault - Dennis Dillon

CBS - Championship Judgements: Brees returns to town that might have been - Clark Judge

ESPN - Colts-Saints means offense vs. offense - John Clayton

ESPN - Key Super Bowl XLIV questions - John Clayton

NFL Opinion

PFW - Assessing where Redskins, Seahawks, Bills stand - Mike Wilkening

SN - Draft Dish: Tebow must prove he can play in an NFL offense - Russ Lande

Opening Day of Annual Will He/Won't He

NFL - Favre left limping away from another title game loss; future unclear

SI - We got vintage Brett Favre in what might be his farewell - Tim Layden

FH - Here We Go Again: Favre Watch Begins - Chris Harry