This time, the Colts pulled it out.
I could literally go into a laundry list of things to say about specific players, coaches, etc. But, I won't. I'll simply state that this AFC Championship Game was the greatest AFC Championship Game ever played.
It beat out the Steelers and the Colts in 1996 (Harbaugh's Hail Mary dropped by Aaron Bailey in the endzone), considered by many to be one of the greatest playoff games ever. This one topped it. You did not have to be a football fan to enjoy or appreciate this game. That's how good it was. That's how special it was. This game won over new fans to the NFL sport. It has helped solidify the legend of Peyton Manning. It guaranteed that, for the first time in NFL history, a black man will coach a Super Bowl winning team.
It was a great, great game and if you didn't like it go to the hospital immediately and ask the doctors there to give you a pulse.
As a fan, I am tremendously proud. I'm proud of the team, the coaches, Jim Irsay (a good man and owner, trying to overcome the errors of his father), the city of Indianapolis, the fans, everybody. I'm also proud of Patriots fans, guys like InBradyWeTrust. InBradyWeTrust and I have talked all season about the Colts and Patriots. He was the one that broke the news to me that Vinatieri had signed with Indy prior to the 2006 season. It is only fitting that his comments reflect, in my mind, the attitude of the Patriots organization after their loss to the Colts:
Please sack Grossman at leat 5 times and shut up those Bear fans! AFC is where it is at.
To be the best, ya gotta beat'm.
I will continue to talk about this game throughout the week, highlighting things here and there, as well as discussing the Chicago Bears as we lead up to Super Bowl 41. In the meantime, comment away. The Colts are in the Super Bowl, and damn does it feel good!