I've been away from the board for a week or so besides a few drive-by posts, so I thought I'd jump into the fray of the Chargers aftermath and then offer some thoughts about the Colts game as well. Chargers: What a tough, hard fought game. As a fan, that was one of the most exhausting games I've watched. From the Trolls that showed up here running mad smack, to the media outlets all picking the Chargers, to the quotes from the Chargers launched last season and then leading up to this game.. It was just one of those games that I, as a fan, NEEDED the Patriots to win. And they did, in huge come-from-behind fashion. It was great. But it was draining as hell. They've gotten flack about their post-game celebration, but come on... get over it. I've never seen so much attention given to crap that doesn't matter then I have this season around the Patriots. Brady's body language.. Belichick's behavior towards Mangini, BB throwing the cameraman, and now this boohoofest over the Chargers game. Who cares? Football is not about any of those things. This league has been TOified. Besides, the Chargers got exactly what was coming to them. If they felt disrespected watching us do that dance, then can't they imagine how the Raiders must have felt seeing it 14 times? If you aim disrespect at your fallen opponents (what else is a 'sack dance' but exactly that? I just crushed you, now watch me dance about it), then please don't be a pvssy about it when it's turned on you when you fall. That's weak. And that's all the energy I'll spend talking about a team that is now elminated from the Playoffs. Colts: Throw out all the "Peyton can't get past the Patriots" crap, as he's already exercised that demon. The Colts have won the last two meetings, both in Foxboro. This game is now just about the Patriots vs the Colts. All the hooplah from past games should be gone. That said, it's fitting that if Peyton is going to make his first Superbowl that he should have to go through Tom Brady and the Patriots. I think the fact that both teams now in the AFC Championship played in the WC is a really evening factor. Neither team has had a rest. They're both running on the same fuel, each having faced a rested team in the Divisional round. Looking back at the meeting from earlier in the season it's easy to see reasons why either team would have the edge in this meeting. The Colts made defending Tom Brady look easy. In Foxboro. I can't comment for the Colts, but the Patriots are a much different team today than they were back in early November. I can't see Tom Brady throwing 4 INTs and 0 TDs again. I can't see that their pressure will be as intense this time around, as we've faced several 'pressure' defenses in recent weeks that we've found a way to handle. Not since the Dolphins debacle has a 'pressure D' actually been able to affect the outcome of the game. Then again, Freeney and Mathis are two of the best in the game, so it'll be a huge challenge, but I just can't see the Patriots playing as badly this time around. And even with as badly as the Patriots played in November, the Colts only had them by seven. It'll be a great game, and it's one that could go either way. Does the Colts Defense keep up this new Playoff performance, or revert to the regular season woes against the run? Does Peyton keep playing as poorly as he has so far in the Playoffs? Does Tom Brady have two back to back poor games? Do the Patriots give up on the running game if the Colts slow it down as they did in November? The questions are many. But this is a familiar opponent. The two have seen alot of each other through the past few years both in the regular season and the post season. It will come down to execution. I hope our defense is ready for that offense. I hope our offense executes better this time around... I'm not sure what to think about this game. I'm nervous and excited at the same time. It's a chance for the Patriots to make right a game that they could have won earlier in the season, but it's also a chance for Peyton to finally 'get there'.. It'll be another playoff classic. Sunday at 6:30 pm is too far away.