Hunter: Phil Simms I believe was pulling for the MVP to be awarded to both Indianapolis running backs, both of whom played fine games and gained major yards. I know you praised Rhodes’s performance earlier in the playoffs — who (except you) would have expected him to gain break a hundred yards in a game (not just any game) for the first time since 2001? Maybe the prize couldn’t be shared — there was only one soaked shiny car at the field, at any case. Some sort of Cadillac, if I recall correctly. A chump change, car, in any case. Thomas Jones was driving a Maserati during Super Bowl week.
Two other things of note: Indy had to win four playoff games to become SB champs. Unlike the Bears, it hadn’t earned a bye the first week of the postseason. That’s a huge accomplishment. I remember when Oakland did it years ago, with Marcus Allen.
Also: For all its rivalry with New England, it will also be beholden to the Patriots for their knocking off the San Diego Chargers in week two. That was arguably the best team in the league this year. It’s always easier to win it all if someone else does the hard work for you.