Jets @ Colts:
It was a little bit of a surprise to see the Jets jump out to an early lead, but in the long run, there was no question as to who the better team was.
With 11 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, the score was 17-13 in favour of the Jets, and in no one’s mind (at least mine!) there was no way the Colts would lose that game. It was at that point that the Colts took the ball, marched down field, and Manning connected on three consecutive passes to Austin Collie, the third for a TD. There was no looking back after that.
As expected, Darrell Revis basically eliminated Reggie Wayne from any AFC Championship Game MVP talk, so Manning did what Manning does best. He sliced and diced the Jets #1 rated defence for 377 yards and 3 scores.
This Colts team is scary good. They have all the tools on Offense:
- An RB, while not awesome, good enough to get you that first down, or take enough attention to make play action work
- An all-star wide out that will kill you deep, and a supporting cast that does enough to get open and garners enough attention to ensure that the best pass-catching tight end in the league is being covered by a LB, or god-willing, a D-Lineman.
- A fast and strong defence that is under-rated. They can stop the run upfront; put pressure on your QB, and hawk balls. That right, Ball Hawks.
Vikings @ Saints:
I waited 15 weeks to see this game.
Honestly, week 5 of this season, on my weekly podcast (iTunes: Ultimate Football Talk) I uttered these words during our week 6 prediction podcast: ‘All I want at this point is to see a Saints-Vikings NFC Championship game!’ I may have added something on the end of that about Chargers-Colts, too, but hey, I was one Turner – Tomlinson combo away from that happening.
Anyways, obviously, I got my game, and BOY did it live up to all expectations!
The Saints offense was as predicted, pass heavy, and relying on Pierre Thomas when need to. It was their defence that was a little bit of a surprise, as they PUNISHED Favre all game, hitting him at every opportunity. They also did what they do best. They cause fumbles, and took advantage of the ‘gunslinger’ mentality of Favre. 5 fumbles (3 lost) and 2 picks later the saints were able to pull off somewhat of an upset. Let’s face it, everyone and their dog wanted to see Manning-Favre.
What the Vikings gave for turnovers, they got back in Penalties. The Saints gave back 88 yards on 9 penalties.
So where does the blame for this loss lie?
A. Peterson: He put the ball on the ground 3 times, although only losing 1. Add to the fact that he scored 3 TDs, and worked his sack off to recover one of his own fumbles, and I cannot point the finger at the man they call All-Day.
B. Bad Childress: Although he is one of the worst (if not THE worst) coach in the NFL, he relied on his superstars to win the game. I cannot point the finger at the man they call Major Dad.
C. Jared Allen: Although it was not his best game as a Viking, he was in Drew Brees’ kitchen all day; causing havoc for the man they call The Birthmark. I cannot point the finger at the man they call The Mullet.
D. Brett Favre: Wow, gutsy! Nice image seeing Favre limp back onto the field after getting rolled up on. He proceeded to go 5-9 for 80 yards, but more importantly, threw an UGLY pick with just 7 seconds left in the game while the Vikings were in FG range, albeit a LONG(well) field goal. He never saw the ball again, and it is quite possible that his last throw as a pro was similar to Kurt Warner’s: an UGLY interception. Sayonara Brent. Don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out! Call me a Favre hater (more of a Vikings hater), but HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
So it’s set: Colts Vs. Saints in Superbowl XXIV. I am excited to see this game! My Early prediction is the Colts will win on a final 2 minute drive, Manning to Clark TD making the final Colts 31, Saints 28.
These two teams deserve to be there, and it WILL be a good one!