The New England Patriots are going to the Super Bowl again! Yes! The much-vaunted Indianapolis Colts offense was shown to be more air than substance when faced with the best defense in the league. Once again Peyton Manning was outfoxed by Bill Belichick and Romeo Crennel. I had jokingly predicted eight interceptions of Peyton before the game. At least the Pats had half that many.
Of course, let’s not forget the work of the offense. They had seven red zone scores, even if only one of them was a touchdown. Still, once again it was enough as the defense did the rest. And Adam Vinatieri—who struggled all season with his kicks—hit five in a row today. Reggie Jackson was Mr. October. I think Adam should be Mr. January.
Now it’s on to Houston to face the Panthers. It will be a tough battle; the Panthers’ defense has been playing well. But I think their defensive backs will be overmatched trying to cover all the different receivers that Brady spreads the ball out to. And whether it’s DeShaun Foster or Stephen Davis, I’m confident big Ted Washington and the rest of D will stop the run like they have everyone else. Then we’ll see whether QB Jake Delhomme lives up to the billing as the hot new quarterback.
It’s going to be a long two weeks.
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