Posted by Barrie on Sunday, 24 January 2010

Peyton Manning Leads the Indianapolis Colts to the Superbowl

Peyton Manning kept his cool as he overcame a 17-6 deficit against the number 1 ranked defence in the league to lead his Indianapolis Colts to the Superbowl with a 30-17 victory over the New York Jets.

Manning struggled to read the Jets on his opening 2 drives that included being sacked twice. A touchdown drive in the final 2 minutes of the first half to narrow the Jets lead to 17-13 at half time and a missed field goal on the Jets opening drive of the second half were the two game changers after the Jets made a positive start.

The touchdown drive before half time consisted of 4 plays that went for 80 yards, culminating in Manning's first of 3 touchdowns, 16 yards to Austin Collie. Peyton Manning was looking comfortable at that point and I couldn't resist jumping on the Colts who were 3 point favourites at this point at evens. Thank you very much.

The Jets didn't score in the second half as the Colts defence kept their running game in check and didn't give Mark Sanchez much downfield. Interestingly, the Colts had more rushing yards (101) than the number 1 rushing Jets (86) in this game. Our NFL Betting Expert correctly picked the Colts for this one, rightfully saying the Jets lack of big plays will ultimately hurt them. The turnovers were equal at 1-1 which played into the Colts hands who were able to rely on Peyton Manning to win the game for them.

Manning was 26/39 for 377 yards and 3 touchdowns as he had no problem picking apart the Jets defence in the second half. 2 sacks in the opening 2 drives from David Harris was the only success they had; drying up after a quick start. Reggie Wayne was held to 55 yard on 3 catches, leaving Pierra Garcon to catch 11 passes for 151 yards and Austin Collie 7 catches for 123 yards. As well as Darrelle Revis, he didn't cause a turnover that the Jets required.

Now to sit back and hope the New Orleans Saints beat the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game so that I have two teams I have previously backed to win the Superbowl! I've also backed over 53.5 points tonight in what everyone expects to be a shootout!

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