Ol’ Wally correctly picked 3 of the 4 games this weekend, with only the Chargers’ total gagfest the only culprit in the loss column. San Diego committed INCREDIBLY STUPID mistakes at the most inopportune times (fumbled punt, personal foul penalty after making a huge stop, fumbled INT return, waste of time-outs) … and of course the “world’s luckiest team”, the Patriots, were right there to take advantage. Is Marty Shottenheimer’s mere presence on any team’s sideline simply a huge curse in playoff games? What was I thinking in picking them to go to the Super Bowl?!?!? Duh!!
So the Final 4 next Sunday poses some great match-ups. In the NFC, the Bears are just waiting to get beat. Somehow, they snuck by Seattle although they seemed to play “not to lose” in the 4th quarter and got real conservative on offense. I think it’s now quite obvious to everyone that Chicago’s defense is nothing close to great … if anything, it’s merely average. What worries Bear fans is that Sexy Rexy played well Sunday, so now he’s probably due for a downer given his streakiness. I expect the Saints to win a close one, but it will be interesting to see how a southern-based dome team handles potentially nasty conditions in the Windy City. If the weather is decent, the Saints may win by 10. Hope I’m wrong on this prediction, given my Chicago roots.
In the AFC, the Colts are at home and the stage is perfectly set for Peyton Manning to change his legacy and finally get that team to the Super Bowl. But will he? Pats have been a huge Colts nemesis over the last 5-6 years. I think the realization among Colts players and fans that it’s now or never will lead to a higher level of intensity in this game than ever before in Indy. Expect the Hoosier Dome (or is it RCA Dome?) to be rockin’. It should be enough to spur the Colts to victory over the “world’s luckiest team”. (Aaron, don’t even start a rebuttal … they don’t call him Tom “Tuck Rule” Brady for nothin’.)
So here’s my revised Super Bowl prediction: Saints over the Colts in Miami, 27-24. I’ll be rooting for Peyton if he gets there, but I gotta stick with my initial overall pick to win it all.
Have a great week!
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