FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- While watching Indy quarterback
Roethlisberger, the Steelers' burly franchise quarterback, walked away from his first Super Bowl experience four years ago in Detroit feeling as if he had not played up to expectations. He threw two interceptions and no touchdowns and had a paltry 22.9 passer rating in the 21-10 defeat of the Seahawks. As he walked through the shower of confetti afterward, he couldn't help but feel as if his team had won despite him -- not because of him. Major distinction.
Three years later Roethlisberger returned to the Super Bowl with a burning determination to atone for that performance. He did just that by completing 21 of 30 passes for 256 yards and a 93.2 passer rater. More importantly he drove the Steelers 78 yards in the final 2:37 for a 27-23 victory over the Cardinals, his six-yard strike to
It's not a stretch to say Manning also is looking for redemption in his second Super Bowl. He did not play poorly in his first title game three years ago, a 29-17 defeat of the Bears in which he won an MVP award that should have gone to running back
Sunday's Super Bowl is an opportunity for Manning to finally provide a signature game in an illustrious career. It is a chance for him to right the wrongs of three postseasons ago. It is a platform on which he can do as Roethlisberger did last February and walk off the field with total elation on his face instead of gnawing hunger in his belly. Will he? I believe the answer is: yes.
Here are five reasons the Colts will beat the Saints:
"The guy is absolutely amazing," the Titans coach would say later. "Whether he wins or not this weekend he's one of the alltime greats for me. Not many guys have built a stadium; he's done that. There's really no answer to what you do with him. He's going to make a mistake like everybody else, but it's not going to happen often. And he's not going to make the same mistake twice."
Coyer's pressure makes the Colts harder to prepare for. Opponents have scored 20 points this postseason and have been shut out in six of eight quarters. Before the Colts rested their starters for the final two-plus games, they ranked second in fewest points allowed. Texans coach
New Orleans has only four players on its active roster who've appeared in a Super Bowl, with safety