- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 1, 2007

KEYMATCHUP: Colts tight end Dallas Clark vs. Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher

Why it’s important: During the playoffs, Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning has made a big effort to work the middle of the field and Clark is usually his favorite target in those situations. In the Super Bowl, Urlacher will receive the assignment of tracking Clark.

About the players: Clark missed four regular season games and had only 30 catches for 367 yards and four touchdowns. But in the three playoff games, he has a team-high 17 catches for 281 yards. Urlacher is a perennial Pro Bowl selection who led the Bears with 141 tackles in the regular season.

Analysis: Both players are big — Clark is 6-foot-3, 252, Urlacher is 6-4, 258 — so expect some pushing and shoving near the line of scrimmage. But even though Urlacher is gifted athletically, expect Clark to find some room downfield.

Edge: Colts

Ryan O’Halloran

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