As a Jets fan, I didn’t have a dog in the fight during yesterday’s Super Bowl, but I was happy to see the Saints win. While they got off to a slow start, going for it on fourth and goal at the end of the second quarter, then making a defensive hold and coming back with a field goal anyway was a key momentum shift heading into the half. And of course, the decision to try the onside kick to start the second half will go down as one of the gutsiest calls in the history of the Super Bowl. So ultimately, I was glad to see the Saints get rewarded for letting it all hang out, and playing the game to win.
For Peyton Manning, meanwhile, another disappointment. Going into last night’s game, I thought if Manning won, you could begin to make a case for him as being in a class by himself as the greatest quarterback who ever played. Manning is always dominant during the regular season, but yesterday was yet another example of him coming up short in the post-season. No doubt, he’ll deservedly go down as one of the all-time greats, and unlike Dan Marino, at least he did get his one ring. Also, he’s still got at least several more years left in him (he turns 34 next month). But as far as I’m concerned, if I was going into the big game and could choose one quarterback, I’d still choose Joe Montana in his prime over Manning in a heart beat.