I will start by examining the quarterback statistics. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning went 38 for 52 with 396 passing yards, 4 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady went 19 for 24 with 185 passing yards, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. Peyton Manning clearly outplayed Tom Brady in terms of passing yards, but you could argue that Peyton Manning’s impulsive decision making down the stretch cost the Colts the victory. Manning threw his first interception in the first quarter to Brandon Meriweather. In the fourth quarter Manning threw an interception to rookie corner Devin McCourtey and than threw another interception to James Sanders when the Colts had a chance to win that cost the Colts the game.
Indianapolis Colts right end Dwight Freeney was the only player that managed to sack a quarterback in this contest. Give credit to the pass blockers on the offensive lines for each team. These offensive lineman did an excellent job protecting their quarterback. Both quarterbacks have a quick release so that is also a factor in this game.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne had 8 receptions for 107 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown.
Both teams middle linebackers had success in shutting down the run. Indianapolis Colts rookie middle linebacker Pat Angerer the 2010 2nd round pick from Iowa had 12 total tackles, 9 solo tackles, and 3 assisted tackles in this contest. New England Patriots 3-4 middle linebacker Jerod Mayo had 15 total tackles, with 11 solo tackles, and 4 assisted tackles.
I would be lying to myself if I said the Colts had no chance of winning this game. I mean if Peyton wanted to send this game to overtime he probably could have, but his decision making towards the end of the game caused the New England Patriots to win the game.