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Dave Goldberg
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Dave Goldberg

Covered the NFL for the AP for 25 years and now is a senior NFL writer for

Colts vs. Vikings


On Sept. 26, 2004, I sat at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis and watched Peyton Manning and Brett Favre put on a marksmanship exhibition of the likes I'd never seen before and haven't seen again until Kurt Warner and Aaron Rodgers did it in the first week of the playoffs. I'd like to see it repeated on Feb. 7 in Miami at Sun Life Stadium (I liked Land Shark or Sand Shark or whatever it was but this isn't about stadium names.)

In other words, Manning and the Colts against Favre and the Vikings. Here's what I remember. It was Favre and the Packers then. It started with five possessions and five touchdowns -- Indy led 21-14 and eventually went on to a 45-31 victory.

Peyton: 28-of-40 for 393 yards, five touchdowns and a passer rating of 140.9
Brett: 30-of-44 for 360 yards, four touchdowns and a passer rating of 123.3.

Funny thing about it is that I like defensive games. I kind of liked the Giants-Patriots Super Bowl, 7-3 going into the fourth quarter. And the reason my favorite game of this year's playoff is Arizona 51-45 over Green Bay (Warner-Rodgers) is that it's one of only two of the eight games played so far that's been reasonably close.

Truthfully, I really don't care which two teams go to south Florida, although I'm kind of rooting for the Saints this week. Like everyone else, I remember what New Orleans went through with Katrina and I remember the "Aints'' and their fans, the first to wear bags over their heads. And yes, the Saints against the Colts -- Drew Brees against Manning -- has all the potential for a shootout that an Indy-Minnesota game has.

But I'd really like to see two of the best quarterbacks ever hook up in what might be a farewell game for Favre. In fact, if he wins it, maybe he'll spare us the Hamlet act next summer.

Truthfully, the only team left that truly plays football the way you're supposed to do it in the NFL is the Jets.

The only coach I probably could stand to listen to for a week is Rex Ryan, although Sean Payton can have his moments.

But again ... It's Peyton and Brett. So ... Colts and Vikings.

By Dave Goldberg  |  January 22, 2010; 12:29 PM ET  | Category:  Brett Favre , Indianapolis Colts , Minnesota Vikings Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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