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Posted at 9:35 PM ET, 02/ 4/2007

Wrap Up

Michael Wilbon

Congratulations to Tony Dungy and Peyton Manning and the club's president, Bill Polian. These are guys who've been in football for a lifetime and each has won for the first time. Dungy was close but didn't win in Tampa. Manning was close but didn't win at the University of Tennessee and in Indy...Polian was the mastermind of Super Bowl teams in Buffalo and Carolina that didn't ultimately win...And the Colts were superior to the Bears tonight in executing their game plans, on offense and defense.
Defensively, they took advantage of Ron Turner and Rex Grossman, which is the prescription for beating the Bears.
Offensively, they were able to play keep away enough to tire out the Bears offense AND score 22 points. Grossman gave Indy the other seven...
As a Bears fan, if you told me the Colts offense would put up a total of 22 points, would I take that? yes. I thought the Bears needed to score 31 points to win this game, and that Peyton would probably put up 28...So the 29 points isn't shocking...It's the way the Colts moved the ball. They were more physical, outplayed their Bears D-Line...So much of that is because the Bears offense couldn't stay on the field long enough to give the defense any kind of rest...which again leads me to culprits Ron Turner and Rex Grossman...
The great thing for Manning is he never has to deal with the possibility of not winning a Super Bowl. He's won one more than Marino, the same number as Steve Young (well, Young was on the Montana-led Niners teams, but you know what I mean)...the same number as Brett Favre...And now, with all that burden off of him, it'll be interesting to see if the Colts really fly now...
For the Bears, they're going to have to figure out whether Rex Grossman is a championship quarterback. It will be interesting...not what they say after the game or in the coming weeks, but when camp begins...I can't see Grossman becoming the kind of QB who can win it all...and this is most likely as close as the Bears will get with him. The Bears will have to, through free agency or trade or drafting, acquire a franchise QB...that's my take but who knows if the club executives will feel the same way.

Anyway, this blogging experience is so, so new...But it will become a bigger feature, especially with big events, like the Final Four and other championship events...For those of you who join the Chat House, we'll be doing that tomorrow at 1:15 as usual...I won't be in the best mood then either...At least, however, I get to see a smile on the face of Tony Dungy to end a season...I've known him most of my professional career and admire and respect him tremendously...Good for Tony, after all he's been through in his career. I couldn't be happier for him...

Thanks everybody...and Goodnite

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Posted at 9:34 PM ET, 02/ 4/2007

TK Signing Off Unless...

Tony Kornheiser

Okay, boys and girls. I'm saying good night now. Rex Grossman just got intercepted again, the second straight drive that ends with an interception. I like him, but he's not going to win this game tonight. The Colts are going to win and Peyton Manning is going to be, finally, coronated as the best quarterback in the game and yet he did not have a particularly good game, did he? He was competent but not great. I don't know who will win the MVP. Certainly Peyton might, but this award should go to the Colts at large for overcoming Hester's opening kickoff TD and confounding the Bears from that point on. A lot of turnovers, a lot of sloppy play, but the best team in the better conference seems to have won this game and there is poetry to Dungy and Manning winning a Super Bowl, don't you think?
I'll be back if the game tightens up and I'm horribly wrong. Otherwise, sweet dreams and, if you're out on your bike tonight, do wear white.

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Posted at 9:07 PM ET, 02/ 4/2007

Fun While It Lasted

Michael Wilbon

To quote Tony, "I believe I called that." I watch this team too much and know the tendencies as well as their coaches...And one of those coaches, offensive coordinator Ron Turner, just killed his team. You're finally moving the ball, you're mixing the run and pass effectively down only five points, and you either call or let your shaky QB select a play you gave him the option to select....That's the fifth interception this year return for a touchdown against Grossman...Yes, I blame Grossman...But you have to really blame the coach for not putting a player in the best position to succede...I've increasingly disliked Turner's offense all year...It's too bad, too, because the Colts--while the better team--were beatable tonight...And the Bears don't have a sophisticated enough an offense to do it...And Turner, once again, has Grossman throw it deep with 10 mins. to play when it isn't necessary...

The only thing that needs to happen from here for Indy to win is run the ball a dozen straight times against a defense that's been out there way too long and has no chance to be effective...

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Posted at 9:01 PM ET, 02/ 4/2007

Fourth Quarter

Michael Wilbon

Grossman so lacks the instincts to be a championship quarterback...He's good at some things...can get better at others...But just now, on third-and-seven, once he reverses field, he's got two blockers and plenty of space...He could have run for 20 yards and it was all in front of him...but he doesn't see things the great quarterbacks see...He's a wonderful and sincere kid and so hope he proves me wrong...but I just can't see it...The defense is going to have to force a turnover on this series to shake the Colts confidence...And Manning seems like he's calling all the right plays from the package he's being given from Tom Moore...It's hard to see him not putting at least one more touchdown on the board...

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Posted at 8:56 PM ET, 02/ 4/2007

Commercials

Michael Wilbon

Is this Robert Goulet commerical supposed to be funny? Does anybody watching under the age of 45 have any idea of who Robert Goulet is?

Is this whole Super Bowl commerical hype just Tony making something out of nothing? How overrated! That FedEx commercial was totally lame. K-Fed? Waste of time...What was he selling anyway? Axe Murderer? That's funny? Or spectacular? Please...I might have to go back to covering the actual game if this is all there is...

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Posted at 8:50 PM ET, 02/ 4/2007

Crunch Time

Michael Wilbon

It's close to a total blowout now because teams get more desperate in a Super Bowl than they would otheriwse and make huge mistakes...Now, the Colts are running it right at the Bears and the defense, largely because of Grossman's ineffectiveness, is tired...Those guys are totally worn out and getting killed out there because the offense is to sorry to pick up a couple of first downs in-a-row...A touchdown here for Indy will pretty much seal it because the Bears offense isn't competent enough to stage a comeback...And the Colts are way too smart to kick the ball to Hester again...The Bears have one series to get back into this game, and it's the one coming up. They need a field goal to cut it to six, and the game is in the hands of Ron Turner and Rex Grossman, which doesn't make me feel good...

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Posted at 8:22 PM ET, 02/ 4/2007

Third Quarter

Michael Wilbon

One of the key people in the game for the Chicago Bears is the offensive coordinator, Ron Turner...who on second-and-one, should be interested primarily in advancing the ball...Instead, he has to try and let Grossman throw a third consecutive pass...And Grossman, to be frank, stinks today...The Bears worst nightmare is The Bad Grossman...I'd give him one more series and go to Brian Griese...How many chances do you get to be in a Super Bowl...I applaud Lovie Smith's loyalty throughout this Grossman drama...But today, with a chance to win a championship, it appears time to go to Plan B at quarterback because Grossman, plain and simple, stinks tonight. The only thing he hasn't done yet is throw a pick-for-six...which could be coming because when he's behind he presses and just has brain-lock...

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