Yes, I said the 5-letter word which we are not suppose to say about teams and players, but the Colts choked!
The Colts came out and played right into the hands of New England by running the ball and throwing it short. They did not stretch the field which they have done all year and could have exploited the vaunted Patriot defensive weakness. For whatever reason they decided to play it close to the vest and grind out the win.
When the heck did that become their offensive game plan? Who the heck decided to try to do this against the defending champions? Sure Manning would have taken some shots standing in the pocket longer but you have to do what brought you to the dance. If they would have stretched the field, the running lanes and shorter passing routes would have opened up and then you could have saved Manning from the potential sacks.
The Colts seemed to run the ball on first and second down every possession and then on 3rd down had too many dropped passes in the first half. They looked good running the two-minute offense at the end of the first half and should have come out running it to open the 3rd quarter. By midway through the 3rd quarter the defensive backs of New England were just sitting on all short routes and delivering some huge hits to the receivers.
Yes the Patriots are an awesome team and deserve everything coming to them but they should send many thank you cards to the Colts for playing the Patriots type of game. The Colts should have gone out and played the way they have played all year. Then when the snow had settled and if they had lost, at least then they would know that they gave it their best shot and the handicappers that backed them would not feel as bad.