Sunday, February 04, 2007

Indianapolis wins Super Bowl

Congrats to the Colts!

They clearly were the better team today.

I predicted that "I think it will come down to Da Bears' defense and running game, and I'm picking Chicago." With the exception of a 50+ yard run by Thomas Jones in the 1st quarter, the Bears' running game was almost nonexistent. I really thought the heavy rain all game would favor the Bears and their ground game, but the Bears offensive line never was in control. And Rex Grossman played poorly, especially in the second half. He threw two interceptions, one of which was returned for a TD, and that sealed the game. Both passes were really bad, but I severely question the play calls. There was no need to go deep on either of those plays. There was plenty of time for the Bears' offense to get points. The TD return came shortly after the Bears kicked a field goal to get within 22-17. The Bears had momentum, and there was plenty of time left. There was absolutely no need to go deep. That was true for the next interception as well. Phil Simms said that the receiver, Berrian, was open and a good throw would have been a completion. I disagree. Berrian had the corner beat by a long shot, but Bob Sanders, the safety who made the interception, was closing fast. The ball was thrown into double coverage, and, again, there was no reason to try to force the ball deep.

On the other side of the ball, Peyton Manning was outstanding, and the Bears defense never put any pressure on him. The Bears plan was to prevent the big play, but they were never aggressive on defense, and Manning picked them apart on shorter passes.

Also, the Colts' running game was outstanding. Here is a special shout out to Dominic Rhodes, who ran for 113 yards and a touchdown. Why is this a big deal for me? Dominic Rhodes played his college ball right here in Wichita Falls for Midwestern State University. I was hoping he would be named MVP, but Manning got it, and he deserved it. Still, it was a great game for Rhodes.

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