I’m not sure it’s possible to adequately recap week 6 without admitting I almost had a RedZone heart attack. I’m pretty sure in the span of ten seconds I witnessed RG3 and his pink bionic arm break off a 76-yard TD run, Russell Wilson throw a 46-yard bomb to Sidney Rice for the win, and Jay Feely’s 38-yard FG hit the crossbar, right after he sent the game to OT with a franchise record 61-yarder. Thank God for triple box!
It was a wild week indeed. The Packers rolled over the undefeated Texans and I guess when you throw a record 6 TD passes, you can tell everyone to shush. Right, Aaron? Is it me or is Discount Double Check a little feisty these days? Elsewhere, the Cowboys woes continued and as guest insider Michael Lombardi explains, the Cowboys are in between a rock and a hard place. “Tony Romo is going to be the Cowboys QB long after this season. Jason Garrett may not be the head coach, but get used to Tony Romo being the Quarterback. What’s the solution? Who do you replace him with? You’ve got to make it work with Tony Romo. Jason Garrett is replaceable, Tony Romo’s not.”
On the left coast, the Giants strolled into Candlestick and made taking on the league’s top defense look easy. On Sunday, Ahmad Bradshaw became the only 100-yard rusher in SF’s house since 2009.
However, none of the above prepared me for the madness that took place on MNF. In sports, much like life, there are things far too magnificent for words. Pete Sampras bombing an ace directly up the T, Michael Johnson running the turn, a Kobe fall-away… Simply stated, the beauty of witnessing greatness is the ability to recognize when you are in fact, witnessing it. Watching Peyton Manning is like that; especially when he’s playing from behind. #18 plays for my favorite team (I make no secret of this) but let me tell you, I’ve been on the losing side of his arm many, many times. So many times, that when the Chargers took a commanding 24-0 first half lead, I still didn’t believe the game was over. With any other Quarterback, I would’ve caught up on Dexter and checked the score in the morning -- but not with Peyton. With Peyton, the game is NEVER over. Phil Simms knows precisely what kind of competitor Manning is. “He makes you accountable. Go watch him practice, he runs the practice and as a coach, if he has questions, you better have the answers.”
After 35 unanswered second half points and an epic collapse by Phillip Rivers and the Chargers, the Broncos became only the fourth team in league history to overcome a 24-point deficit and come away with the victory. “San Diego has blown the division with that loss. It is over. The Broncos will win that division.”
I concur, Mr. Collinsworth.
Monday night was special. Any fan of any football team would agree. I exclude you, Charger fan. I realize you’re probably still on a post-Peyton bender. Have another… that one’s gonna sting for a while.