Super Bowl XLI will have a fresh look with two teams that haven't seen the NFL's title game in a long time. The Bears are back in the Super Bowl for first time since winning Super Bowl XX in January of 1986, while the Colts will make a Super Bowl appearance for the first time since the franchise, then located in Baltimore, beat Dallas in Super Bowl V. Both teams started the 2006 season fast with the Bears winning their first seven games on their way to the NFC North title and the Colts starting 9-0 on their way to the AFC South crown. The game will feature strength against strength with the Colts offense, ranked third in the regular season, going against a Bears defense that finished the season ranked fifth overall. Both teams have plenty of talent, with Chicago sending eight players to the Pro Bowl, six from the defense or special teams, and the Colts boasting five Pro Bowl players, all from the offense. Bears coach Lovie Smith and Colts coach Tony Dungy are close friends, dating back to Smith's time working on Dungy's staff with the Tampa Bay Bucs, and the two are the first African-American head coaches to reach the Super Bowl.
Colts' game plan: The second half of last night's AFC Championship was, I believe, the defining moment of Peyton Manning's NFL career. But defining moments are only part of a larger body of work, and Manning's best plan is simply to do what he's been doing all season, when he's been the best player in the league. Manning takes advantage of weaknesses in opposing secondaries, and in the Super Bowl that will mean going after cornerback Charles Tillman. Also look for Dominic Rhodes to have a big game: Since losing defensive tackle Tommie Harris to a hamstring injury, the Bears have struggled against runs up the middle. The Colts' secondary must be ready for the speedy receiver Bernard Berrian, who accounted for more than half of the Bears' passing yards yesterday.
Bears' game plan: Rex Grossman has to take advantage when the Colts stack the line to stop the run. He was terrible against the Saints until the Saints sold out completely against the run, and then he took advantage, completing his last six passes. The Colts need more of that, and they also need more of the excellent blocking they got from center Olin Kreutz and tight end Desmond Clark. It was Kreutz and Clark who paved the way for Thomas Jones' big day against the Saints. On defense, Brian Urlacher needs to come up big against Joseph Addai. The Saints' most effective plays Sunday were passes to Reggie Bush, and if Manning can find Addai on similar passes, the Bears will be in trouble. Covering Addai out of the backfield will fall mainly to Urlacher.
Prediction: NFL FanHouse picked both the Bears and the Colts to win Sunday's conference championship games. That means this prediction is probably wrong, but Manning looks like the one quarterback who can find the holes in the Bears' D: Colts 27, Bears 23
Football Prospects John David Booty John Booty(born January 3, 1985 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is the starting quarterback of University of Southern California (USC) football team. He is called "John David" Booty because his father's name is John Booty. John David Booty prepped at the Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport but left a year early after his father/Quarterbacks Coach left the staff (he already had enough credits to graduate). Despite leaving after his junior year, John David Booty threw for 8,474 yards on 555 of 864 attempts (64.2%) with 88 touchdowns and 26 interceptions.
Football Prospects Steve Slaton Steve Slaton Rushed for 1836 yds and 25 TDs as a SR. Excellent speed and leg strength. Very productive, breaking the 22 year old school career rushing record before his junior year ended. JR stats: 1626 yds rushing (9.3 ypc) and19 TDs; 16 tackles/2 picks. Steve Slaton: "I have great speed and field vision. I'm also really strong. I love playing RB and I've been playing it my whole life. I have the speed, elusiveness and strength. I'd like to run over linemen more and be a more powerful runner."
Class: 2nd Year West Virginia
Ht: 5-9.5 Wt: 185
Hometown: Fairless Hills, PA
High School: Conwell Egan Catholic H.S.
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