Colts 21, Pats 21: Another moment where apathetic fans without a rooting interest (beyond disliking BOTH teams) are in good shape. The Colts have actually woken up and made it a game. As good as the Pats looked (and as bad as the Colts looked) in the first half, they look like ass (or good) in the second half. Lot of game left to play, though. Nice to finally see the Colts show up.
Pats-Colts Halftime Update: The great thing about hating BOTH teams in this game is that you can lament the inevitability of the Pats' victory (as assured as the insufferable reaction from Pats fans) AND mock the ludicrousness of the Colts' sucking.
Bears win NFC: And they did it decisively. That's why you play the regular season: For home-field advantage in a game like this. Lovie Smith gets a huge boost. Rex Grossman gets a temporary reprieve. You can keep Drew Brees and his stats: Rexy's headed to the Super Bowl.
As we set up for the Pats-Colts game, I'll predict this: If the Bears play the Colts, they'll win the Super Bowl; if they play the Pats, they'll lose.
Meanwhile, my three-day trip to Chicago this upcoming week is going to ride the fine line between fascinating and insufferable.
Bears-Saints Halftime Update: If the Saints play in the second half with the same urgency they played that last, slice-through-the-D offensive drive of the first half, they could win the game, if only because the Bears managed to turn all those Saints turnovers and all that great field position into a measly 17 points. That's a dangerous game.
Live-Comment on the conference title games now! (And, during a commercial break -- or three -- enjoy the bonus post directly below this paragraph that I just put together about my own personal experience at the NFC conference-championship game.)
BONUS POST! In the spirit of the NFL conference championship games, I wanted to relay my own personal story about the event. During the 1997 season, I was working for the NFL, helping the league manage NFL.com.