And with this happy Halloween, I provide you with something that will really scare the crap out of you: A recap of Peyton Manning's greatest game as a pro. This was written several months ago by mgrex30, a Stampede Blue co-writer. Read at your own risk-- BBS:
Game #1 takes us back to January 21, 2007, where the Colts battled to New England Patriots for the right to go to Super Bowl XLI. Since you've all read Manning's Greatest Game #3, and you know it is Super Bowl XLI, I think you have an idea who wins this game. Manning and the Colts had come off Battle of Field Goals win in Baltimore, and the Patriots beat the 14-2 and #1 seed Chargers. Coming into the Playoffs, I had the exact same thoughts as BBS, in that the Colts would be hosting the Patriots for the AFC Title, and that was the Colts best shot at getting to the Super Bowl. A round of applause is unnecessary. Here's what BBS said:
The Colts will beat the Chiefs, and then they will play their next playoff game in Baltimore for the first time since the Baltimore fans abandoned the Colts, thus prompting them for Indy. The Colts will then beat the Ravens, and then square off in the AFC Championship game against... the Patriots. Yes folks. The Patriots will beat the heavily favored San Diego Chargers, and they will face the Colts in the AFC Championship Game in Indianapolis. The Colts will beat New England (again), and thus make the Super Bowl. A road through the AFC like this is storybook: Beleaguered run defense against Larry Johnson; Colts in Baltimore for the playoffs; Colts against Patriots in AFC Championship Game. In one swoop, all playoff demons get exorcised.
I thought that instead of explaining the details of a game everyone has seen multiple times probably, I thought I'd make this a video blog. I've pulled clips from the game (well, almost exclusively from the second half), and I'll let the actual tape tell the story for me. I'll interject with my thoughts at the time, as I'm sure they were very similar to yours.