Having just watched the Super Bowl, I can say a couple of things:
- Payton Manning had Chicago’s number all through the game. Had Indianapolis been able to replace a couple of their field goals with touchdowns, the game would have been over long before it actually way (well into the fourth quarter, with the second interception).
- “Bad Rex” only came out during the fourth quarter. While it is true that Rex had to step up and didn’t, you can’t blame him for losing the game (as he did drive the team for its second (and last) touchdown).
- If not for Devin Hester’s touchdown return of the kickoff, the game would have been over long before it actually was.
To be honest, Chicago didn’t play much of a game. The offense did too many “three-and-outs,” the defense did nothing to stop Payton over much of the field, and every takeaway was quickly matched by a turnover.
And while I say that “Bad Rex” (the one throwing interceptions and trying to do too much) only showed up during the fourth quarter, there were problems over much of the game. Two messed-up snaps is not a sign of a quality quarterback, even with it raining during the whole game.
Overall, Indianapolis was the superior team in every aspect and this game showed it. Right down to the mood shot of Rex Grossman with a couple minutes left in the fourth quarter. The ONE thing I didn’t want (the mood shot, that it was of a Bear was an extra pain).
Billy Joel did a good Star Spangled Banner. Much better than the “can’t mail it in if he tried/trying to show off and failing badly” Star Spangled Banner that happened last year.
Prince did good, though I kept hoping he was acting to a background track simply because of the rain.
As for the commercials, they were commercials. The days when people were truely surprised by the commercials has come and gone, killed off by expectations and constant attempts to better last year. I do think things have leveled off, although there’s always some good and bad.
And in the end, congratulations Indianapolis Colts. You dominated the whole game and countered everything Chicago did.