Before I move on to the upcoming Super Bowl matchup between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks I’m going to give you my final thoughts on the conference title games.
I’ll admit to being wrong on both games and thought both road teams would prevail, but things didn’t work out. I was surprised at how easily the Broncos handled the New England Patriots in their 26-16 AFC Championship matchup.
The final score is deceiving because the Broncos were never threatened and were in control from start to finish. They were leading 23-3 before a couple of Patriots TD’s in the fourth quarter made things look more respectable. But this game wasn’t really that close.
The recent play by the Broncos defensive unit has been nothing short of impressive in their two playoff wins. If this unit can play another 60 minutes of good football then a Lombardi Trophy will be on the way to Denver.
QB Peyton Manning played a flawless game and picked apart the short-handed Patriots defense. Once the Patriots lost CB Aqib Talib I knew they had no chance of slowing down the Broncos offense.
Over in the NFC we had a very hard-fought game that went into the final seconds before the Seattle Seahawks could celebrate. The game actually lived up to the hype as these two rivals went toe-to-toe in a 60 minute war of attrition.
The Seahawks were able to capitalize on a couple of 49ers mistakes to slip past them and into a date with Peyton Manning in New York two weeks from now.
This will be a very intriguing Super Bowl matchup with a great offense (Broncos) going against a great defense (Seahawks).
My early thoughts say the Broncos complete the mission and Manning gets his second ring.