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Question of the Day
DALLAS (AP) - Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts get the chance next season to do what the Dallas Cowboys failed to do this time. They could become the first team to play a Super Bowl in their own stadium.
“It’s exciting. I’m sure Dallas had to deal with those questions all year,” Manning said in Dallas this week. “We have a great stadium to have the event and I know the people there are excited. Playing there, it’d be very special. … That will be the motivation, like all teams, to get to Indy.”
After the Green Bay Packers play the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium on Sunday, the next Super Bowl _ the 46th in NFL history _ will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in heart of the Indianapolis.
“Last year, I remember kidding the Dallas folks that we should have a home-and-home the next two years,” Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said. “That’s not going to happen, obviously.”
The Cowboys (6-10) didn’t even make the playoffs, getting off to such a bad start that Wade Phillips was fired midway through this season. Indianapolis won 10 games and made its record-tying ninth consecutive playoff appearance, then lost to the New York Jets.
If the Colts make it 10 playoffs in a row, they will have the opportunity for a hometown Super Bowl.
“It’s certainly possible. Peyton is still at the top of his game. His supporting cast is very, very strong. I’d love to see it,” Ballard said. “Some people say, ‘Oh, no, you don’t want that because then you won’t have as many visitors.’ I don’t believe that. Look at Butler. Them being in the Final Four actually generated more interest.”
“I’d like a rematch,” Ballard said.
CENTER STARTER: Doug Legursky prepared all week like he was going to play in the Super Bowl. Good thing, because the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ backup guard is making his first NFL start as a center Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.
Rookie Pro Bowl selection Maurkice Pouncey was ruled out of the Super Bowl because of a high left ankle sprain.
“I’m approaching it the same way I’ve done every game this entire year, going into it prepared as if I’m going to play,” Legursky said this week. “If I don’t do it that way and I get thrown in there, I’m not prepared. So I’m not going to make that mistake.”
Pouncey’s ankle never healed enough for him to practice this week, and he was ruled out Friday. When Pouncey got hurt in the AFC championship game, Legursky took over snapping the ball to Ben Roethlisberger.
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