From die-hard football fans to the ones who only watch to see if their pool numbers come out, we have all been spoiled with the last two Super Bowls. Close, exciting games that have gone down to the wire. First, the Giants do the unthinkable and take out the undefeated Patriots with a late touchdown, and then last year the vagabond former laughingstock of the NFL nearly pulled off another miracle. If not for a last-minute score, the Cardinals would have beaten the Steelers and become the most unlikely champions since the Jets knocked off the Baltimore Colts back in Super Bowl III.
The last blowout came in January of 2003 when the Bucs manhandled the Raiders, 48-21. So we are unfortunately overdue for a dud.
This game is ripe for just that, too. The Colts are playing fantastic on both sides of the ball and shut down two formidable rushing attacks in the playoffs against the Ravens and Jets. Peyton Manning, who was named the NFL MVP, also has so much experience and won not only a ring but the game MVP in the same Miami venue in Super Bowl XLI.
The Saints did look strong in pasting the Cards, but were outplayed two weeks ago in the NFC Championship Game. The Vikings had a huge day offensively, easily outgaining the home team, 475 to 257 yards. If not for a late interception thrown by Brett Favre, the Saints would not have had the opportunity to win the game in overtime by a field goal.
The Colts are favored by four points in this game, and that seems like a low number, all things considered. If the weather turns wet, both teams play in a dome. But it was a torrential downpour when Indianapolis beat Chicago three years ago and they didn’t miss a beat. Even with a banged-up Dwight Freeney (at best), the Colts still have the horses to run away with it.
At least you can still follow your boxes.