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Four teams remain, and each possible Super Bowl matchup that exists would be a pretty good one, with multiple story lines. Favre and the Vikings against the team he just left. Manning against his father’s former team. Favre vs. Manning. And the two most tortured fan bases that don’t have a stadium near Lake Erie (sorry, Bills and Browns fans) in the Jets and Saints. Each would be a fantastic game with battle between great offenses and defenses and intriguing coaching matchups. So which one will we actually get?
New York Jets @ Indianapolis Colts
Except that wasn’t Manning jogging onto the field… it was Curtis Painter. And that wasn’t the Colts sealing the game, it was the Jets storming back. It was a Painter fumble in the end zone. It was a stifling Jets defense. It was a 29-15 win for New York that started a streak of four straight wins against division champions for the Jets, and the first of two regular season losses before an unimpressive division win over Baltimore for the Colts. And now, it’s the Jets and Colts for a second time at Lucas Oil Stadium, when Indianapolis should have stepped on the Jets throats four week ago.
Attention Jim Caldwell – this is what’s known as karma.
Minnesota Vikings @ New Orleans Saints
As for the game itself, the Vikings win two critical areas of the matchup that usually spell victory – running game and defensive line. Granted, Adrian Peterson didn’t have his best game against Dallas, but the “D” line did, abusing the Cowboys front five and making the day a nightmare for Tony Romo. Despite that advantage, combined with the Favre-Rice combo, I’m still not liking the Vikings. They won one big time road game (Green Bay, no less) the entire season, and as Arizona found out last week, crowd noise is one thing, but crowd noise against you in the Superdome? Well, that’s just a totally different beast.
Over/under on number of times Joe Buck and Troy Aikman remark that this could be Favre’s last game as time winds down? 4.2 million, and I want the over.
Last Week: 3-1
And since my Super Bowl winner is now out, I’m going with my rooting interest.
Super Bowl XLIV