Peyton Manning

Well Peyton finally did it. He directed the Colts to a 29-17 victory in Superbowl XLI completing 27 of 38 passes for 247 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The monkey is off his back for good. Dominic Rhodes made a case for MVP with 21 carries for 113 yards, but Peyton took home the award. He was a little shaky early, throwing an interception on the Colts first possession, but settled down and took what the defense gave him the rest of the way. Against the 2-deep zone, this generally amounted to dropping back and hitting Joseph Addai on short passes (Addai caught 10 for 66 yards). As Peyton found out early, you can’t throw deep on the Tampa 2 — the safeties have too much time to react to the pass.

The game was played in a driving rainstorm, but only Rex Grossman of the Bears seemed to be affected as he fumbled and threw interceptions at critical times. I don’t think Rex is fundamentally a bad QB — he just needs more time and better coaching.

The 2006 NFL season has been put to bed — congratulations to the Indianapolis Colts, Tony Dungy, and Peyton Manning for  finally winning a championship their way.