The New York Jets made some noise, but in the end, Peyton Manning was just too good and the Indianapolis Colts earned a trip to Super Bowl XLIV in Miami with a 30 -17 win.
In previous seasons, Manning might not have overcome the blitzes and hits he continually endured against the active Jets defense. But as the future Hall of Fame player showed, he continues to mature and refine his game, seemingly redefining levels no other quarterback in NFL history has ever reached. And at this point I’m already curious about next year and what improvements he’ll engage in.
Wide receiver Reggie Wayne and tight end Dallas Clark, though they made contributions and a couple big plays each, were held in check for the most part. So Manning, who I’m now convinced can make any receiver in the NFL look like an All-Pro, turns to youngsters Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie.
Garcon reeled in 11 receptions for 151 yards and a touchdown. Collie snagged 7 Manning passes totaling 123 yards and score.
More to come after the NFC game, but congrats to the Colts on advancing, the Jets for such a successful first season under head coach Rex Ryan and kicker Matt Stover for making it to another Super Bowl (and for potentially breaking the record for oldest player to compete in a Super Bowl).