I'm a homer, like many on this site. Yet, the more I think about it the more I just see this Colts team winning Super XLIV in Miami. You see I've noticed a very interesting pattern in the last few Super Bowl teams and their opponents... Find out after the jump.
From 2004 to 2006 the Super Bowl Champions were the New England Patriots, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and of course our very own Indianpolis Colts. Since then the Patriots and the Steelers have made it back to the big game. Hmmm... Now you'll say well the Patriots didn't win in 2007 so your formula is flawed. Well I believe that the fact that the Patriots were 18-0 coming into the game, hurt them. They were more concerned about going undefeated than they were about simply winning the Super Bowl. As much as I hate to say it, if the Patriots had lost to the Baltimore Ravens, which they SHOULD have, then they would have won it all because then their focus would've been on just winning the Super Bowl and not trying to be the Greatest Team Ever. But hey, I'm not complaining with how things turned out. First, the Steelers were no one's Super Bowl pick coming into 2008 just like the Colts are no one's Super Bowl pick coming into 2009. Yet, just like the Giants, they won with defense and clutch play from their quarterback in the playoffs. I believe that the Colts will win it all with the same formula. Now let's look at a trend with each team's opponents in the Super Bowl. In 2004, the Patriots played against a team from the NFC East, the Eagles, and proved to be the more physical team and ended up winning the game. In 2007, they played another team from the NFC East, the New York Giants, who proved to be the more physical team and they ended up winning thanks to good defense and clutch play from their Quarterback at the end of the game. In 2005, the Steelers palyed against a team from the NFC West and were more physical than the Seahawks and won the game. In 2008, the Steelers again proved to be the more physical team, once again playing against a team from the NFC West, this time the Arizona Cardinals, and won because they played good defense for three quarters and their Quarterback made plays in the clutch during the playoffs. In 2006, the Colts played against a team from the NFC North, the Bears, and proved to be the more physical team by running the football and playing good defense. For 2009, I believe the Colts will again play against a team from the NFC North. Only this time, they will play Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. The Colts will control the all and get out to a comftorable lead for most of the game. The Defense will bend but not break for most of the game up until the fourth quarter when Rodgers will lead the Pack on a furious comeback to take a 4 point lead. Only he will leave too much time on the clock for Peyton Manning and much like Ben Roethlisberger and his younger brother Eli, he will lead the Colts on a game-winning drive, 80 yards or more, and he'll throw the Game-Winning touchdown pass to either Wayne or Gonzalez (can't decide which) with exactly 35 seconds to go. The Colts defense will hold Rodgers and the Packers offense, and the Colts will win their second Super Bowl in four years, 37-34. Peyton Manning will be named the Most Valuable Player. I just have a feeling this is how it will play out. Call it a hunch. And plz feel free to bash me if I'm proven wrong. Yet if I'm right, BBS plz link to this FanPost in your Super Bowl Recap!