Well, of course there was the one huge pass play to Wayne in the first quarter of the Super Bowl -- the one that ended whatever kind of magic the Bears were feeling.
But other than that the Colt WRs did nothing all playoffs. Projecting their 4-game stats to a full 16-game season, here's how the two did:
- Wayne (reg. season) 86 catches, 1310 yards, 9 TDs
- Wayne (playoff projection) 68 catches, 872 yards, 8 TDs
- Harrison (reg season) 95 catches, 1366 yards, 12 TDs
- Harrison (playoff projection) 60 catches, 772 yards, 0 TDs.
What it's got me wondering is why the Manning-to-Wayne/Harrison combo that was money in the bank in the regular season suddenly failed miserably in the playoffs.
Wayne was excellent against quality opponents in the regular season: he had 4 catches for 67 yards in his worst game against over-.500 teams. Harrison struggled in a loss to Philly, but had 145 and two TDs against the Patriots in New England. His numbers against winning teams were slightly off, but not as bad as they've been in the playoffs. Harrison also torched the Jags, Pats and Chargers in 2005, when all three teams were excellent.
So, the combo works in the regular season against good teams. This suggests that there's something more to the postseason struggles than simply tougher opposition.
Perhaps the three players are so consistent and prepared over the course of the regular season that they simply take what's given them and succeed. But in the playoffs, when everyone's focus is at its best, they lose the edge.
Or maybe they just choke a bit.
Either way, they're the Super Bowl champions, and deservedly so -- they played four fantastic defensive football games and dominated the offensive lines. When you do that, the passing game can be just average, and it was.
Ah football. You never know what the f--- is going to happen. But you know it's going to be fun to watch.
Is it August yet?