I don't think many people shrugged off Super Bowl XLII lightly, but I doubt enough people understood what the Giants miracle victory meant for the future of the NFL.
The 2007 Patriots became the dope team criticized for going for 19-0, and in 2009, two teams started 13-0, an amazing occurence to say the least. One team stated 16-0 was not a priority, another stated 19-0 was the goal.
The 13-0 Saints wanted to go for perfection, Colts management threw it away.
Super Bowl XLIV does not only pit the two best Quarterbacks in the game (arguably) and the 1st and 3rd best offenses, it also pits the two teams that started 13-0 and flirted with perfection.
The fact they have made it this far points to how close they could have come to 19-0, but the Colts were far closer than the Saints and with the Bills as their last opponent, seemed extremely likely to finish 16-0.
A Saints victory brings the long suffering franchise full circle, and may fuel a dynasty to come.
A Colts victory, for the common fan, is much more devastating to ponder. In the split scene of the 2007 Patriots and 2009 Colts, a Colts victory in Super Bowl XLIV stamps the fact nobody wants to have be true, that going for 19-0 is more costly than not going for it. That resting starters and throwing away perfection actually has a statistical advantage over going for 19-0.
And you know what that will mean don't you? It will mean 19-0 will forever be an unnatainable notion, barring a team having to play their last game at 15-0 due to another team's record or a coach and management defying the odds.
While the flip side of a Colts loss would mean the team that wanted perfection and came almost as close to it, was justified in their pursuit.
I am a Rams fan, I cheer for neither team, but as a fan of professional football, I cheer for perfection, and for Mercury Morris to be silenced.