The Super Bowl. Those three words, when strung together, are capable of conjuring up years of raw emotion. You could be a Steelers’ fan, with your six rings; you could be a Vikings’ fan, with your, well, lets just not go there right now. Either way, whether you’re used to the success or not, the Super Bowl is always a good time…unless you lose.
On that note, it’s time for me to tell you how this glorified game is going to unfold. Sorry Saints’ fans, you’re not gonna like it.
FINAL PREDICTION: Colts 31 Saints 28 F/OT
That’s right, overtime. It’s never happened in a Super Bowl, but it’s inevitable. And this year seems as good as any for it to happen. With two of the NFL’s top ten offenses in the big game, points are going to be plentiful. And because both of these team’s defenses (the Colts lie at 18 overall and the Saints 25) haven’t had much luck stopping the ball this year, touchdowns will trump field goals. Both offenses are going to feel confident that they can pick up that yard or two on fourth down. And they’ll get it. It’s the new age of football–where 4,000 yard seasons are commonplace, power running is an excuse for teams without a top notch quarterback, and 4th down is the new 3rd down.
As for the game, look for Peyton Manning to go off. What a surprise, right? I’m thinking somewhere around 275 yards and three touchdowns, paired with one turnover. My bet is a fumble. For Brees, the success will be similar, only he is going to throw a costly interception late in the game, spoiling a chance at a game winning drive, propelling the game towards overtime.
Now overtime has been a fickle subject recently because of the possibility of unfair play. Win the coin toss, march 35 yards, hit your field goal, win. Not too fair for that defense right? Well look for exactly that to happen on Sunday. Manning will do what he was born to, meticulously find holes in defenses that most people couldn’t find with a GPS.
In trots Matt Stover with his clean uniform and soccer boots. Funny how everything comes down to a player who is on the field almost never. Anyway, Stover will drain it. My prediction, 47 yards, down the center. Game over.
And yeah, controversy will ensue after the game. People, especially those from New Orleans, will call the overtime system archaic and unfair. And they’ll be right.
In the end, the best coach no one has ever heard about–Jim Caldwell–will earn his first ring. Peyton Manning will undoubtedly and rightfully be touted as the best quarterback of all time. And yes, New Orleans won’t get to throw their Super Bowl parade. But don’t throw out those floats yet. After all, Mardi Gras is February 16.