Yesterday afternoon didn’t disappoint. In the first game, the Colts did exactly what we thought. Yes, exactly (read our Colts-Jets preview below). Manning was Manning. He found Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie all day for big gains and a few TD’s. The Jets on the other hand played to win. They needed strong defense and opportunistic plays down field to pull off the tough task of beating Indianapolis at home. But in the end, the Colts forced the Jets to take to the air and allowed their defense to rush Mark Sanchez at will. A late interception sealed the deal and the Colts will move on. In two weeks Manning will face his boyhood favorite and the team his father once captained. He will have the opportunity to become a 2 time champion, and in the process, cement his name as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time.
The late game takes the trophy as the game of the day. It was everything we thought it would be (read our Saints-Vikings preview below). Both teams came out of the gate firing on all cylinders. We had bouts of high-flying offense, followed by bouts of tough hard-nosed defense. This truly was a heavyweight fight. Had this been the Super Bowl, we would’ve talked about it for weeks. But it wasn’t. Which means we are going to have to hold out hope that the Saints and Colts can throw down a classic 2 weeks from now in Miami. My hat goes off to Brett Favre who was his usual warrior self and proved to his critics that he is still capable of leading a team to the Super Bowl. I hope he decides to put the retirement talk to rest quickly and return to give the Vikings another run at the title.
To the city of New Orleans……enjoy this, you deserve it. You’ve waited a long time to get to this level. You’ve suffered heartache at all levels and prevailed. So over the next 2 weeks wear your black and gold proud. And when you feel like it, scream at the top of your lungs………WHO DAT?!!
See ya in Miami folks!