Colts, Saints Push on To Super Bowl XLIV
Before the game I gave out my predictions for today’s Championship Games on Twitter: Jets to defeat Colts; Saints to defeat Vikings. Of course given my playoff picks the last several weeks, it would only follow that the Colts and Vikings won. Well the Colts did manage to hold off the Jets in convincing 30-17 fashion while the Saints barely squeaked past the Vikings 31-28 in overtime making me 1-1 in my picks for the weekend.
The early game featured the Colts being patient enough before they figured out what the Jets were up to. And it wasn’t pretty. In fact the Jets roughed up quarterback Peyton Manning pretty badly in the beginning of the game to take a 17-6 lead. But Manning led his team to a touchdown drive in the two-minute drill to end the first half to swing the momentum their way.
In the second half, Manning seemed to know where the blitzing rusher was coming from. He knew exactly where there was a sag in the defense and hit the receiver. And even more the Colts managed to run the ball successfully down the stretch.
We all knew at some point the Jets would run into a problem with having a vanilla offense and relying too heavily on their defense as great as it might be. The only reason I picked the Jets was because I was completely wrong about them against the Bengals and Chargers. Also having the Jets, and namely braggadocio head coach Rex Ryan, in the Super Bowl would make it very enjoyable.
But it wasn’t meant to be. It wasn’t a repeat of Super Bowl III. It was just one the most cerebral quarterbacks we’ve seen since Joe Montana taking his time to figure out how best to carve up an excellent defense and do his part to dispel the defense wins championships myth.