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"He usually works around the clock on his injuries and if there's any chance that someone can play, Dwight's the guy that can come back from it," defensive captain Gary Brackett said. "He has wolverine-type characteristics in terms of healing and coming back."
Otherwise, the storylines remain eerily familiar.
Manning, who finally ended the criticism of failing to win "the big one" in 2007, is now being asked whether he needs a second Super Bowl ring to satisfy the remaining doubters. A second victory also would put Manning on the short list of quarterbacks with multiple rings, a roster that includes players like Troy Aikman, Terry Bradshaw, Tom Brady and Joe Montana.
Plus, it rained then, and it's raining again this week.
"I don't know what that is, the Colts bringing rain down to Miami," Manning said. "This is not a bad place to have to come back three years later for a Super Bowl."
Certainly not when Indy's most recent memories in Miami have all been victories.
Indy beat the Dolphins here in September when Manning threw the decisive 48-yard TD pass to Pierre Garcon with 3:18 to go, and, of course, he beat the Bears here in his previous trip to Miami.
The Saints also won in Miami this season.
"We are just going to do the best we can. We are going to go in with the mentality that we can win," running back Reggie Bush said. "That is the approach we have to take."
But the Colts are hoping one thing remains unchanged -- that they get to leave Miami with their second Lombardi Trophy in four years.
"Same room, same hotel, same practice facility, everything," Hayden said. "I'm going to wear the same suit as I did last time. I'm kind of a superstitious guy, so I try to keep things the same. If it works, why try to fix it? I'm going to try to keep everything as simple as before, and hopefully it will help us as a team."
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