Four Corners: Who is going to win Sunday's Super Bowl?

February 05, 2010

One word: Manning
Dave Hyde, Sun Sentinel

After more than a week of Super Bowl verbiage, let's be brief on why the Colts will win: Peyton Manning. And let's keep it simple: Peyton Manning.

In fact, that's the answer to everything about this game. Why will the Colts' offense be unstoppable? Who will be the key player? Who will be the surprise player? Who has the most to gain?

Peyton Manning. Peyton Manning. Peyton Manning. Peyton Manning.

Can we be more clear about this game? Can it be boiled down to anything more basic than that?

He's the difference. He'll call plays at the line of scrimmage. He'll audible. He'll fake-audible. He'll make the crucial pass. He'll ensure the Colts win. That's all you need to know about this game: Peyton Manning.

dhyde@tribune.com

Manning will finish job
Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times

Peyton Manning is not going to let the Colts get this far without finishing the job. He's too experienced, his line is too good in pass protection and no team in history has had more fourth-quarter comebacks in a season.

If Indianapolis protects the ball - and I believe it will - it will hoist the Lombardi Trophy.

What's more, the Colts' defense is better than you think (even if Dwight Freeney isn't at full speed). That was the second-ranked scoring defense before the Colts started mailing in those games at the end of the season. The Saints have had a great run. It ends here.

sfarmer@tribune.com

Brace yourselves, Baltimore
Ron Fritz, Baltimore Sun

I really hate to say it because it's going to be rubbing salt into the wound of every Baltimore Colts fan - again - but the Indianapolis Colts are going to win Sunday in what should be a very entertaining game.

They aren't going to win because they have Peyton Manning, Dallas Clark, Reggie Wayne and Joseph Addai. The Colts are going to win because of their defense - with or without Dwight Freeney. This is a fast defense that forces turnovers and rarely gives up big plays. When the Jets hung 17 points on them early in the AFC championship game, the Colts tightened, did not allow another score and gave Manning more than enough chances to work his magic.

If it comes down to special teams, the Saints have some of the more dynamic returners in the NFL, but they have a young kicker. When veteran kicker Matt Stover gets a chance to win it for the Colts - he will - breaking more hearts in Baltimore.

rfritz2@tribune.com

Better team, better QB
Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune

New Orleans' potent offense wasn't what it is cracked up to be in the NFC title game against Minnesota and had it not been for a boneheaded Brett Favre throw, the Saints wouldn't be in Super Bowl XLIV.

The Saints struggled slowing down the Vikings and Gregg Williams' defense has a lot more bark than bite.

The Colts are the better team with the better quarterback and if Indianapolis can stop the run like it did against the New York Jets, it will roll.

Colts 34, Saints 21.

bbiggs@tribune.com


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