This year's update to the playoff drive stats show that the football gods may have been on Peyton Manning's side this time. Also: Cam Newton and Alex Smith enter the mix, and why we should be comparing Andrew Luck to Dan Marino.
Even though Gregg Easterbrook has left us for the greener pastures of NFL.com, we know that the discussion threads we provided during his short stay at our site were very popular. Therefore we're providing the "unofficial official" discussion thread of Tuesday Morning Quarterback each week. This will be your place to discuss Gregg's column at NFL.com which is here. I forgot, by the way, that Gregg always does a "bad predictions review" column the week after the Super Bowl, so we'll have a thread for that one too next week.
For you TMQ haiku fans, I wanted to point out this set of haikus from my co-worker Stanwood Chang devoted to the Pats' victory. A couple of my favorites:
hides insignia beneath:
Vrabel's "S" on chest
Coach Bill Belichick --
"Master"? "Mad Genius"? Nay,
I say "Sorcerer"
Cats sniper Delhomme --
not Manning, not McNair -- picks
apart Pats backfield
Plummer "era" over --
Delhomme more deserving of
"Jake the Snake" mantle
Here are the final scores for the Football Outsiders fantasy playoff league. Aaron's team wins with 227 points thanks to the Patriots' championship. Shockingly, the team of players none of us picked, the "leftovers" team, came in a close second thanks to Carolina's surprise run to the Super Bowl.
|QB||Manning, IND||72||McNair, TEN||19||Brady, NWE||55|
|RB||M. Faulk, STL||18||George, TEN||12||A. Green, GNB||38|
|RB||A. Smith, NWE||36||S. Davis, CAR||37||J. Lewis, BAL||3|
|WR||T. Brown, NWE||15||Bruce, STL||11||Pinkston, PHI||15|
|WR||J. Walker, GNB||15||Driver, GNB||8||S. Smith, CAR||57|
|WR||Morton, KAN||1||Wayne, IND||28||Looker, STL||5|
|TE||Franks, GNB||9||Wycheck, TEN||1||Sharpe, DEN||3|
|K||M. Andersen, KAN||7||G. Anderson, TEN||12||Vinatieri, NWE||31||IVARSSON'S
|DEF||Tennessee||6||St. Louis||1||New England||20|
|QB||Bulger, STL||13||McNabb, PHI||28||Favre, GNB||34||Delhomme, CAR||68|
|RB||Holmes, KAN||30||Portis, DEN||7||James, IND||47||Davenport, GNB||6|
|RB||Buckhalter, PHI||7||Staley, PHI||22||Hambrick, DAL||2||K. Faulk, NWE||10|
|WR||Mason, TEN||17||Givens, NWE||26||Holt, STL||2||Ferguson, GNB||19|
|WR||R. Smith, DEN||12||Lelie, DEN||0||Harrison, IND||33||McCareins, TEN||1|
|WR||D. Jackson, SEA||5||Branch, NWE||23||Kennison, KAN||5||Muhammad, CAR||46|
|TE||Heap, BAL||14||Gonzalez, KAN||5||Fauria, NWE||4||Pollard, IND||21|
|K||Wilkins, STL||18||Akers, PHI||12||Longwell, GNB||14||Vanderjagt, IND||22|
We also present the latest cartoon from Jason: