By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Saturday, February 5th, 2011 at 11:36 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Haven’t received an e-mail for a couple of months now reminding me of how badly I flubbed last year’s Super Bowl prediction.
I had the Colts winning, in large part because the New Orleans Saints had stopped scoring defensive touchdowns as they were earlier in the season and they certainly weren’t going to get one against Indianapolis and Peyton Manning.
The logic seemed sound enough, until Tracy Porter jumped a Manning pass and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown with 3:12 to play to put the Colts away and send the Big Easy into ecstasy with a 31-17 win.
This year, I’m taking the Steelers, for reasons explained in this link as well as in Sunday’s Bay Area News Group papers.
It’s my contention that the four-game suspension incurred by Ben Roethlisberger was ultimately a benefit, reminding the Steelers of their true identity during a 3-1 start.
Columnist Monte Poole, on the other hand, likes Green Bay and imagines Bill Walsh at the helm, directing a quick-throwing West Coast offense against the Pittsburgh defense.