Monday, February 8, 2010

Well, I Guess I Was Wrong

Yes, I'm aware I picked the Colts to win, and frankly, I feel like I had sound logic to rely on, but alas, that is why they play the games. I don't know that I really have the energy to go into all of my thoughts on the game, but for now I'll give you some bullet points.

-- The Saints won the game when they went for it on fourth down in the first half and didn't get it. Sean Payton is a gambler, and that onside kick to start the second half, aside from being perhaps the game's most crucial play, was a pretty clear manifestation of that. But once he showed his team that he was willing to risk the game on them, it was a signal to the players that they were going to get it done. They clearly relished the risk.

-- Lance Moore will not be remembered as the key player of this game, but he made the play of the game when he contorted his body to stretch for the two-point conversation after New Orleans took the lead in the fourth quarter.

-- Dwight Freeney was effective early, but by the third quarter it was clear that his ankle was affecting him. My guess is he was on so many cortizone shots that he couldn't even feel anything below his knee. He may not be walking for a while.

-- Despite that late pick, Peyton Manning actually played an exceptional game. He was 31 of 45 for 333 yards a touchdown and an interception.

-- Jim Caldwell was overwhelmed by the moment, as shown by the fact that he didn't call time out before the Colts' fourth down in the final minute.

-- The Saints executed an excellent Gatorade Dump on Sean Payton, who thoroughly enjoyed the shower.

-- The Colts lost because they had never been in a close game this season. When it came to crunch time, they had no idea how to react.

-- Reggie Wayne absolutely should have had that catch in the end zone at the end of the game.

-- I said early in the game that if Joseph Addai won MVP I would eat my hat. I came dangerously close to it.

-- This afternoon's Capitals-Penguins game, which featured Washington winning its 14th in a row by rallying to win in overtime on the strength of a hat trick by Alex Ovechkin was a better game than the Super Bowl.

That's all I got. This wasn't the best Super Bowl I've ever seen, but it was a pretty good one. And it was far closer than the two-touchdowns New Orleans eventually won by. What made it even better was that I have a fridge heavily stocked with Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat as a result.

Tomorrow it's off to Philadelphia for team No. 31, the Flyers. As a result, I may not get a chance to post a story because I will probably be in transit, but if that's the case, I'll be sure to have it up on Tuesday.

3 comments:

  1. Just as important were two drops by Pierre Garcon, including one of a third-and-four, wide open, in Saints territory. The Colts settled for three instead of seven on that drive.

    If that converts, the score is 24-21 after Moore's conversion, and that pick-six never happens (or so we can surmise).

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  2. Just 2 things to keep in mind:

    1. Dolphins v Colts on 9/21/09, the Dolphins had the ball for over 45 minutes in this game and scored a go-ahead FG with 3:30 left in the game. THE COLTS WON! That's a come from behind victory. You mentioned: "The Colts lost because they had never been in a close game this season. When it came to crunch time, they had no idea how to react." Not a bad write-up but research needs to be done before writing an opinion based fact.

    2. Caldwell was not overwhelmed by the moment. He embraced the moment. He didn't call a timeout in the 4th on 4th down with a minute left because he was overhwhelme... he didn't call it because he knew they were down by 2 scores, not a TD and a FG but 2 TD Scores and he was just conceeding the game at that point. There was less than a minute to go.

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  3. 1. I should have qualified close game by saying an important close game. While New Orleans had fended off the Vikings in the conference title game, Indianapolis had never been in a close spot with its season on the line. The Colts walked to home field advantage and that close win over Miami -- or the win over New England -- did not give them the same experience. The Saints were ready for the gut check. The Colts were not.

    2. If Jim Caldwell calls a time out and the Colts score they have the potential to recover an onside kick with more than a minute remaining. With the quick strike potential of that offense, the game is far from over. I can't possibly imagine Caldwell was conceding the Super Bowl.

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