The AFC is Still the Best
by Allen Eastman - 02/06/2007
Weeks ago I told anyone who would listen: Take the AFC over the NFC in Super Bowl XLI. I wasn't necessarily talking about the Colts and Bears. I meant that any of the AFC playoff teams would have beaten any representative from the NFC. The AFC has simply been the better conference for several years. New England, San Diego, Baltimore and, heck, even the New York Jets or Kansas City Chiefs could have beaten Chicago.
The Bears proved to the world on Sunday that they were a 13-3 regular season fraud not worthy of even being a 7-point underdog. After jumping out to a 14-6 lead and giving Bears fans momentary hope, Peyton Manning did what he does best. He methodically picked apart the Bears' defense. It didn't matter what the Bears gave him, Manning would find all the open receivers whether it was the short ball or a downfield pass. He played with the poise of a champion. The same can't be said the overconfident Bears QB. Here's a guy who called the writers and broadcasters ignorant for having the nerve to ask him about the interceptions he'd thrown during the regular season. Grossman had his chance in the spotlight and failed miserably. Now who comes off as ignorant?
The Bears defense was dominant during the early part of the season, an under player's dream. But Chicago faltered late in the season mainly due to injury problems. The oft-criticized Colts defense had the final laugh, shutting down the likes of Baltimore and Kansas City to get to the big game.
For next season, you heard it here first. It will be the AFC favored and beating any team the NFC sends to Super Bowl XLII.