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Leading 12--6 in the fourth quarter, Indy took over at its 36, and Manning's job was to bleed the last 7:39 off the clock. He drove to the Baltimore 45 and faced a third-and-five with 3:57 to play. If he converted, the Ravens, with one timeout, would have to battle against the clock. If he failed, Indy would punt and Baltimore would have the ball with three minutes and change, one Steve McNair miracle drive away from the AFC title game. Manning sent Clark on a short out-route designed to isolate him on a linebacker. But cat-quick cornerback Corey Ivy picked him up instead. "I knew exactly what the play was," Ivy said. "I wasn't going to give Peyton any room to make that throw."
"The guy was all over me," Clark said.
Manning's pass came within millimeters of Ivy's outstretched hand as it hit Clark for a 14-yard gain. "It rolled up my arm, and I brought it in," said Clark. Three minutes later a 35-yard Vinatieri field goal sealed the win.
Baltimore fans have never gotten over the Colts' move to Indianapolis 23 years ago, and losing the first Colts-Ravens playoff game after finishing 13--3 was the ultimate bitter pill. Indy, meanwhile, welcomes in a familiar foe. Bill Belichick will certainly have something cooked up for Manning, as he always does. "Whoever they play," said Ivy, "Peyton will be ready. He's the best out there. He knew what we were going to do before we did. How do you prepare for that?"
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