Winter mint vs. spear mint, which flavor shall represent the AFC in the Super Bowl? Televised by CBS, with narration by Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, the Colts started on offense and had to punt the ball away three minutes into the game. The Jets were able to get a field goal opportunity but kicker Jay Feely missed it. When Colts quarterback Peyton Manning took his offensive players back on the field, he was sacked faster than one can say, “Thank you, sir, may I have another.”
The second quarter started with a Matt Stover field goal. Indianapolis 3 and New York 0. Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards put his team on the board with a touchdown moments later (quarterback Mark Sanchez threw to him and eighty yards later, there was end zone). The Colts were unable to get the ball to stay in the end zone. Stover kicked another field goal. The Jets upped the score with another TD, courtesy of tight end Dustin Keller. New York 14 and Indianapolis 6. Can the Jets defense be better than the Colts’ offense? Can the Jets offense be better than the Colts offense? The Jets got their hands on the ball after Peyton Manning gave the ball to running back Joseph Addai. Jay Feely made his second FG attempt in the bottom of the second. New York 17 and Indianapolis 6. The Colts got their act together enough to make a TD before the end of the quarter, thanks to wide receiver Austin Collie. New York 17 and Indianapolis 13.
The third quarter went off with a failed Jets FG attempt. The Colts’ offense returned to the level of athleticism to which most of us are accustomed with a Pierre Garcon TD near the middle of the quarter. Indianapolis 20 and New York 17. The Colts increased their lead with a Peyton Manning TD throw to tight end Dallas Clark in the middle of the fourth quarter. Indianapolis 27 and New York 17. Matt Stover took the field for a twenty-one yard field goal with under three minutes left in the game. Colts defensive back Kelvin Hayden intercepted Mark Sanchez with about two minutes left on the clock. Indianapolis 30 and New York 17. Final score. The Indianapolis Colts go to the Super Bowl! Winter mint wins!
Watch me watching the first half of the game:
Observations & Miscellania:
1. The Jets wore white jerseys and white pants. Why did number 17 have his top bunched up to reveal hot cross bun abs? The Colts wore blue jerseys and white pants.
2. Jordin Sparks sang the National Anthem while US army soldiers held an unfurled flag across the field. A bald eagle was released towards the end of the song.
3. Due to heavy precipitation, the telecast was pixellated and stop-n-go.
4. This game was also broadcast in Spanish (SAP button!)
5. The bottom of the screen included a map of northern GA that was under a tornado watch. There’s a Butts County in Georgia. Something about that graphic made me want some pink lemonade really badly.
6. After the Jets’ first TD of the day, a camera went to Peyton Manning sitting on the bench looking mauve-faced and very discontent.
7. Tony Dungy was watching the game.
8. Do you remember Exposé from the 80s? As long as the stars shine down from the heavens. As long as the rivers run to the sea. I’ll never get over you getting over me? Seasons change. Let me be the one to take you to the point of no return. What you don’t know is that the guys have to be blond and wear tight jeans too.
9. Atlanta would like to host a World Cup even in 2018 or 2022? Assuming the planet and humankind still remain.
10. What was up with that red zone graphic at 8:50 in the fourth quarter?
11. Matt Stover was born in 1968! Holy hot bananas. As Jim Nantz remarked in the bottom of the fourth quarter, Stover would be the oldest player ever to go to the Super Bowl.
12. Jim Irsay, owner and CEO of the Colts, was shown in close-up on the Indianapolis sidelines. One of his middle fingers had a bandaid over the tip. I wonder what happened. Did he cut himself chopping veggies?
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