It was a stunning game, not so much for the thought that Indy could lose, but that they could be dead and buried so many times in the game yet still have a chance to win or tie late in the fourth quarter. I'm sure to Steeler fans it was like watching a horror movie, where the villain gets shot with a silver bullet, cut in half with an axe, and burned to ashes only to rise again. To be forced to go for it on fourth and 16, with only about 90 seconds to go, and to be sacked, what are the odds you'll have a chance to win the ballgame? Tradesports had it down under 1. It rose following the fumble to over 60, then settled back down to about 40 before Vanderjagt's kick, when it zeroed out.
Kudos to Peyton Manning for having the guts to wave the punting team off the field on fourth & two with his team down by 18 points. It was a good risk, and Manning made it pay off with a quick touchdown two plays later. I'm sure there will be plenty of speculation about Manning and Dungy though during the off-season.
On the Bears and Panthers, I gotta pick Carolina. But take the points!