Didn't realize the numbers were so bad for the Bears--95 total yards of offense in the first half!? Amazing they're only two points behind, although until I saw that laid out on a CBS graphic the game from play-to-play hadn't even seemed like that.
Come on Bears. Get it together.
Manning falls. Clark picks up a yard. Thank God that play didn't go any further, or we'd be seeing / hearing about Peyton's heroic throw from a forty-five degree angle for the next six goddamn months.
Colts just keep getting first downs. Utecht pays the Urlacher toll, though, catching a pass from Manning. Why hasn't Urlacher hit Manning directly yet is what I want to know. Looks like Peyton can't claim "problems with protection." You know, again.
Addai gets another first down. He has to be close to a hundred yards. I'm also wondering if he rubbed himself down wiith bacon grease at halftime, the way the Bears are (not) tackling him.
"Good ol' Edgerrin James is just kicking himself down Arizona," says my dad from the recliner.
Urlacher hucked Hinja's helmet after the Colts offensive lineman lost it on the play. "Don't be stinky, Brian," my dad admonishes. I personally think Brian needs to be a little stinkier if I want to avoid a weeklong bout with Colts-championship-induced agita.
Bears laying back now, Manning picking them apart. Perhaps they had the right idea with everyone up front after all.
Addai again. He practically has 100 yards on this drive alone. "Almost time for Rhodes to come in and score the touchdown," says my dad.
Hold the phone. Clark makes a difficult completion just inside the first down marker but short of the first down. Peyton flaps his arms, Peyton Manning Faces and is clearly mouthing, "Come on, Dallas, make the first down!" What an asshole. I hope Vinatieri misses another one, just to make him even more pissed off. Colts now challenging
the fact that they failed to make the play whether or not there were too many Bears on the field.
God, I hate the Colts. I hate the fact that they are ahead. I want them to lose. Lose lose lose.
Vinatieri lining up. If you'd told me a year ago I'd be sitting here watching Adam Vinatieri kicking a field goal in the Super Bowl for the Colts, I might have just bit down on my cyanide capsule and had done with it. But oddly, now that it's here, I'm strangely numb.
E-Trade commercial decent but not great. Coke again, this time with a CGI spectacular showing Coke being made in a fanciful, magical world of faeries and sprites inside a vending machine. Dumb.
Halfway through the quarter and Rexy's about to take the field for the first time. Here's hoping this is the end of that trend.
You know, I've never been a huge Sheryl Crow fan, but this Revlon commercial--a sponsored six-week tour intended to show her hair color out of a box didn't fade featuring weak attempts at humorous frustration from her "colorist" with, you know, some music happening in there I guess--just makes me depressed. I've never been a huge Sheryl Crow fan, but I had respected her more than that.
Bears get a first down. For once.
Booger sacks Rex. Wierdest sentence in the history of the NFL. Rex also tripped while running away from Booger. Fuck. Rex then drops the ball and lays down for another sack.
"Rex, you thinking about your after-Super-Bowl party here or what?" My dad demands of the screen. "What's his rating, minus-2?"
This is truly pathetic. "Tough to maintain a drive when you can't manage the quarterback-center exchange." We are bitter in this household. Truly bitter.
Office warriors commercial for careerbuilder--delivery guy wielding bags of Chinese food like nunchukas--pretty delightful. The rest of this commercial break pretty sub par. I'm about ready to delcare Super Bowl commercials officially overrated. Or just over. Take your pick.
Rhodes runs about 45 yards. Facemask penalty, personal foul, half the distance to the goal for good measure. Eventually it comes to a field goal, 22-14 Colts.
I am just now beginning to prepare myself for the painful fact that Peyton Manning may very well win the Super Bowl. After having beaten the Patriots to get there. Based at least in part on field goals by Adam Vinatieri. And they trailed through part of the first half, meaning this will be framed as another incredible comeback, seven-point favorites or no seven-point favorites.
I'm going to need a moment.
P.S. No one wants Marvin Harrison to have been out of bounds more than me with that catch on a Colts 2nd and 13 with 30 seconds left to go in the quarter. But he wasn't.