The matchup for Super Bowl XLVII (47) has been set: San Francisco 49ers vs Baltimore Ravens.
The 49ers were the NFC West Champion and was the #2 seed in the NFC. They reached the Super Bowl by first beating the Green Bay Packers, 45-31, where quarterback Colin Kaepernick ran wild and set a playoff rushing record for quarterbacks. In the NFC Championship Game, the 49ers went to Atlanta and was able to overcome Atlanta’s strong passing game in the first half to win, 28-24.
After an incredible day of Conference Championship games, the participants of Super Bowl 2012 have been determined: New York Giants vs New England Patriots, a rematch of Super Bowl 2008.
The Indianapolis Colts have just won Super Bowl 41 by a score of 29-17. The game really wasn’t even that close, as the Colts controlled the pace of the game other than the opening kickoff. The fact Peyton Manning had a good game didn’t surprise me. What did surprise me was the Colts were able to get their running game going (that was one area I had thought the Bears would shut them down), and that the Bears offense, especially the passing game, was so ineffective. Watching Grossman play reminded me of Dieter Brock (for those of you who have seen Dieter Brock play, you know what I mean).
Are we seeing the beginning of a Colts dynasty? It’s a distinct possibility, as long as they are able to keep the core of their team. They have a very good offense and a good defense, so it’s a safe bet that they’ll be in the playoffs for the next several years. Once you are in the playoffs, anything is possible.
How about the Bears? One thing this game exposed is that they really need a quarterback. Of course, with that defense, they’ll be in most games. I still believe the Bears will be in the playoffs for the next several years as well, as NFC is currently in a down period, but unless they do something with the quarterback position, they won’t go too far in the playoffs.