That was one of the most exciting games I’ve ever seen. The Colts were down 21-3 in the middle of the first quarter, and they managed to win 38-34. The biggest comeback in a Conference Championship game. Holy shit.

No Peyton Manning Face tonight.

The Patriots pretty much dominated the first half, and they went into the locker room with a 15 point lead with the score at 21-6. But the way the Manning and the Colts dominated the third quarter was masterful. I think they had possession for about 12 out of the 15 minutes. Before it was over, they had tied the score at 21, but Brady then fired back with another touchdown. Manning quickly shot back with another touchdown to tie it again at 28. Then they traded field goals to make the score 31-31. Brady then managed to get another field goal. This left Manning with a little over 2 minutes to drive 80 yards, and he did it. It wasn’t Vinateri that struck the final blow, but he did have 3 FGs over the course of the game. It was actually the running game that got the last few yards to push into the end zone to make it 38-34. If Brady drove down field in a minute to score a touchdown, I probably would have lit myself on fire. Fortunately, he was intercepted. Maybe he isn’t the Anti-Christ after all. I think I knew the Patriots were going to lose when Caldwell dropped his second wide-open pass from Brady. That just doesn’t happen to the Patriots. The roughing the passer penalty on the Colts’ last drive sealed the deal. Those types of mistakes are always deadly.

So I was wrong about the other game…the Bears ran the Saints into the ground. It looks like I’m probably going to end up rooting for Manning. If he puts together another performance like tonight’s, he deserves it. And it also means I won’t have to hear the endless Dan Marino comparisons anymore. I just hope Super Bowl XLI is as exciting as this game, and isn’t unbelievably anti-climactic like when the Red Sox swept the Cardinals in the 2004 World Series.


~ by CajoleJuice on January 21, 2007.

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