January 25, 2010
I know Brett had field in front of him and he maybe could have gotten a few yards had he ran, but the man was hobbled and it looked like he may have gotten his block knocked off before he reached the sideline.
So he did what he has done his entire career, he tried to make a play with his arm to help his team win a football game. My stomach dropped when his pass was intercepted...I thought it was gonna be a pick-6. But you can't blame that whole loss on Favre...Peterson fumbled twice and the Harvin fumble was the true game changer.
Brett went 28/46 for 310 yards with one TD and two picks.
To me he is a true warrior and one of the top-5 all time QBs in NFL history.
While Brett was valiant in his game, Sunday served as the final passing of the guard, which began when Manning and Garcon lit the Jet D up late in the 2nd quarter for a momentum building clutch scoring drive.
The Colts demonstrated that they clearly are the best team in the league yesterday. The Indy D shutout the Jets in the second half, riding the momentum of Manning and Garcon's game changing drive late in the 2nd quarter. That score set the stage for an eventual 24 unanswered points from the the Colts, as they proved why they will be this year's Super Bowl Champs, and Manning cemented his position as the top signal caller in the league.
Moreover, when it is all said and done, he will be considered, hands down the best QB in league history. Sunday he threw for 377 yards and three TDs, while connecting on 66.7 percent of his passes (26/39)
As for Garcon and Collie, well they may be the best ever second-year/rookie duo of receivers to make such a huge and clutch impact in their first year playing together. Garcon does not have incredible speed, but he runs razor-sharp routes. Sunday he caught 11 passes for 151 yards and a TD. Collie is a tough player with a nose for the ball that runs smart routes. On the night he caught 7 passes for 123 yards and a TD. Meanwhile veterans Clark and Wayne combined for 90 yards and a TD on 7 catches.
To me that all spells an offense that is simply impossible to stop by anybody other than the Colts themselves -- But Manning is too smart for that. In his two playoff games this year he is now 56/83 (that is 67.5 percent) passing the football with 5 TD tosses against one pick (caused by a miss-communication b/t he and a receiver)-- If u go back and watch all his crucial throws, they were placed either in the chest of his receiver, hit his target in full stride, or placed in a way where his player, and only his player had a chance at a catch.
Combine that savvy and accuracy with his uncanny ability to recognize blitz packages and audible off to exploit defensive weakness every 7.9 out of 10 times, and you have Peyton Manning -- the Greatest Player in NFL History.....
Yes I will say it now... and when he wins this Super Bowl along with another one-or two, that fact will become a consensus no-brainer....as is the outcome of this year's big game.
Colts 31 Saints 20
I have 4 poll questions for my readers:
- Who will win the Super Bowl and what will the score be?
- Did Brett Farve cost Minnesota a trip to the Super Bowl
- Was this Brett's last game ever?
- (Current Quarterbacks included), List your Top 5 of all time (in order)
I already answered the first one. 2. NO. 3 NO he will be back, that INT will be too tough for him to leave on. 4. 1. Montana, 2. Elway, 3. P. Manning 4. Farve 5. (tie) Marino and T. Brady
-- F. W. Manning II (NY Giants Fan For Life)
Manning II is a regular contributor to the Pilot as a sportswriter, and may be contacted at (910) 639-5481 or by email at email@example.com