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January 2, 2007

Manning ready for familiar foes

Chief’s cornerbacks have given Indy problems before

INDIANAPOLIS — As Peyton Manning continues his videotape preparation this week for Saturday afternoon’s AFC wildcard game with the Kansas City Chiefs, two of the team’s veteran defensive players have grabbed his attention — cornerbacks Ty Law and Patrick Surtain.

Manning is quite familiar with both. Law was a major thorn in the Indianapolis Colts quarterback’s side when he played for the New England Patriots, coming up with three interceptions in the Patriots’ 24-14 win over Indianapolis in the 2003 AFC championship game. Surtain, meanwhile, was a major contributor for a pretty good Miami Dolphins’ defense when the Colts played in the AFC East.

“We’ve got a tough challenge this week. The Chiefs have an excellent defense, probably as good a cover corner tandem as I think there is the league,” Manning said Tuesday.

“They haven’t gotten much attention. But if you pop them on film, I’m very familiar with both of these guys, Ty Law and Patrick Surtain. They’ve got an excellent defense across the board. [Kansas City running back] Larry Johnson’s a great player. But, for me, I’m just focused on their defense and there’s plenty to think about.”

Both Law and Surtain have been added to the Chiefs’ defense over the last two off-seasons. Surtain, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, was acquired in a trade with Miami a year ago in exchange for a 2005 second-round draft pick. He had four interceptions a year ago and one this season.

Law, meanwhile, was added to the Kansas City roster this past July when he signed a five-year, $30 million free agent contract. A five-time Pro Bowl participant, he began his pro career with New England and played there for 10 seasons.

After one year with the New York Jets, where he played for current Chiefs head coach Herman Edwards and led the NFL with 10 interceptions, Law had four interceptions for Kansas City this season (including one in last week’s playoff-clinching win over Jacksonville). He has four career postseason interceptions.

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