Coin Flips and Kick-Offs

by Matthew Curtis
February 7, 2007 3:59 AM
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Some final thoughts and odd stats on the Colts long-awaited Super Bowl championship. Peyton Manning becomes the first QB ever to win a Super Bowl after throwing twice as many interceptions as touchdowns (7-to-3) in the postseason. Even with superstar receivers Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison on the roster, Colts tight end Dallas Clark led the playoffs in receiving yards (first time that's been done in over 40 years) and rookie running back Joseph Adai led in total receptions (first time that's been done in over 30 years). Those two stats are a true barometer of how good a QB Peyton Manning really is, taking what the defense gives him and not forcing the action. Obviously it was a winning formula.

More weirdness: the NFC has won the coin flip 10 times in a row, yet the AFC is 8 - 2 in those games; in the last four Super Bowls played in Miami, a team has run back a kick-off for a touchdown--all four of those teams lost; the only person Bears QB (and ex-Florida Gator) Rex Grossman outperformed Sunday night was Billy Joel; and Prince seemed to be on the field longer than the Bears offense. And with that back catalog, any idea why he's doing covers of Hendrix/Dylan, Ike & Tina/CCR, and Foo Fighters? He put up a good fight against the elements and there was some tasty lead guitar, but damn--I hate medleys.

Congrats to the classy (ex-Viking coach) Tony Dungy and the rest of the Indianapolis Colts--at least those overrated Chicago Bears didn't win it all.

--Matthew

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