Sunday, January 24, 2010

2009 NFL Playoffs: Conference Championship Results and Super Bowl Prediction

Only one game left this season, and it should be a great one. Before that, though, there were two great games this weekend.

Colts 30, Jets 17
Did I call this, or did I call this? A hard fought battle, and the Jets had control of the game for almost the entire first half. Even after Peyton Manning put together a masterful scoring drive in the 2-minute drill at the end of the first half, the Jets still had their shots in the second half. I have tremendous respect for Darrelle Revis, Mark Sanchez, and the rest of the Jets. They'll be back next year, mark my words. For now, though, the Colts are going to the Super Bowl again, and you've gotta like their chances.

Saints 31, Vikings 28 (OT)
Emotionally draining. That's what this game was. Not as high scoring as I thought it could be (although nearly 60 points between them certainly isn't low scoring), but it was back and forth, in part because neither team held onto the ball particularly well. Ultimately, it came down to overtime, which I can't stand. The Vikings never got the ball, and thanks to some questionable calls (I'm speaking of the pass interference call on what looked to be an un-catchable ball, not to mention the almost complete lack of contact; as well as the completion to Colston that looked like a bobbled ball that hit the ground), the Saints kicked a 40 yard field goal to win it. Whether or not he's back next year, I have tremendous respect for Brett Favre. He showed that he is one of the toughest QBs to play the game, and he never stopped playing to win. But I have to also give credit to the Saints. They did what they've done all season, which is score a lot of points and play just enough defense to win.

2009 Playoff Prediction Record: 9-1

Super Bowl XLIV: Indianapolis Colts vs New Orleans Saints
The number 1 seed in the AFC against the number 1 seed in the NFC. The perrenial playoff team against the team that has previously never been to the big game. No huddle against no huddle. Fast, swarming, attacking defense against the bend but don't break defense. Aerial offense against aerial offense. This is going to be high scoring, high offense, up and down the field all day. The winner will be the team that plays better defense, and I think that's going to be Peyton's team. Manning, that is. Colts win.

Check back in two weeks for the Super Bowl result.