INDIANAPOLIS (WISH/AP) - Peyton Manning can't wait to play all four quarters against theNew York Jets in Sunday's AFC Championship game. The four-time MVPwas one of many Colts starters pulled midway through the thirdquarter in their first meeting with the Jest last month.
But that isn't likely to be the case in the rematch.
With the Colts trying to reach their second Super Bowl in fouryears, four-time MVP Manning will do whatever it takes to get backto Miami. He says he started his preparation as the Jets-Chargersgame ended.
"As soon as the game was over, started my preparations from Xsand Os standpoint on this team. I think that's where the game isgoing to be played and decided on the field. That's where our focusis and that's where my focus is," Manning said.
The AFC Championship is a rematch of Week 16 when the Jets endedthe Colts' pursuit of the perfect season. The Colts took a lot ofheat for pulling their starters and the win propelled the Jets intothe playoffs and they haven't lost yet.
The players say the rematch will be a completely differentgame.
Pro Bowl defensive end Dwight Freeney said, "Obviously, wedidn't finish the starters, they ended up winning the game that wasgood for them. That help them get into the playoffs but this is anew game and it's the AFC Championship Game, everything thathappened is kind of irrelevant now."
It’s the second time in four years the Colts are in theAFC Championship Game and for the veterans, they know what toexpect, but for the rookies, it's a dream come true.
Rookie punter Pat McAfee said, "We are really lucky, as rookies,we know that just trying to take advantage of that."
Rookie Jacob Lacey said he couldn’t imagine being in thechampionship game last year at this time.
"Oh no, that was definitely a far away thought, especially whenyou are still in college, but it’s a blessing to be here," hesaid.
Rookie wide receiver Austin Collie agrees.
"Really didn't think ahead, but it's been a dream come true andit's unbelievable and just trying to focus on the Jets and gettingthe 'w' there," he said.
The rookies have taken their cues from the veterans.
Wide receiver Reggie Wayne tells the rookies the same thing hetold them at training camp.
"Just taking their time, not rushing into everything, taking itone play at a time...try not to do too much, let the game come tothem."
Manning said he's been very impressed with the play of the youngguys.
"You don't know how they are going to react. What we have seenout of our younger guys, they have a look in their eyes. They havea calmness about them," said Manning.
The Colts have the youngest team in the NFL.
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