I say this due to the tougher schedule and the number of players lost and ones sidelined by injuries during their 10-2 record.I agree Manning didn't choke last year. The man earned his one ring no question. However, he does have a long and sordid history of self destructing in the playoffs. Maybe he has shaken that demon, maybe he hasn't. We will see over the next few months.
However, to be so confident that the Colts will beat the Patritos given the consistently close games they have played agains mediocre teams, I wouldn't be so quick to trumpet their greatness.
The patriots have had exactly two close games and only one of those two was against a mediocre team. This is a great team, that matches up well against every team in the league.
This is the patritos superbowl to lose, not the Colts to win at this point...
Under the same conditions I doubt the Patriots could have done as well. But, that is just my opinion.
But, in a few weeks we'll see who is the better team.