Thursday, January 17, 2008
Behind The Scoreboard
Easy pick, the Patriots
There is really no need to try and dump the entire contents of the sugar bowl on this. Your resident expert(?) proved a good many of you wrong. There was the statement that the New York Giants would not make it out of round two.
You recall their 10-point dust-off of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, giving their quarterback, Eli Manning, his first playoff win. The premise (though not so great in retrospect) was that the Dallas Cowboys were just playing too well. And they had a big hunk of history on their sideline.
The Cowboys had won 54 of their 91 meetings (with a pair of ties) over the years. But this would be the first meeting of the two in a playoff situation. And the last Dallas team to register a 13-3 season went on to win the Super Bowl.
The sports line was seven to Dallas. The Giants disregarded history and helped Eli to be the only Manning moving on in their 21-17 victory.
Yours truly also said that the Indy Colts would be the best hurdle that the New England Patriots wouldn’t get over. However, the San Diego Chargers didn’t think very much of their 10.5 underdog status.
They led in career wins over Indianapolis, 14-9. They also had beaten the Colts in their fall meeting.
The Colts’ record of 13-3 and defending champs status went up in the 28-24 San Diego smoke. Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, master in engineering comebacks, was all poise in a fourth and five quagmire, saw a breakdown in protection on a subsequent fourth and goal and couldn’t pull this one out.
Now four teams are left to vie for AFC and NFC championships next weekend – Brett Favre and company against the New York Giants in the NFC and New England and the Chargers in the AFC.
Will the ’Pack be all the way back and return to the Super Bowl, after their extra-ordinary snowball win over the Seahawks? Or was that their last hurrah?
This could appear to be the cheapest of “cop-outs,” but after witnessing the play by the Brady bunch against Jacksonville, this resident expert(?) is conceding a perfect season and Super Bowl XLII to the New England Patriots.
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