Super Bowl XLIV Predictions: How'd We All Do?

Aaron LiebmanAnalyst IFebruary 23, 2010

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07:  The Indianapolis Colts take on the New Orleans Saints during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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A few weeks have passed since the New Orleans Saints won this year's Super Bowl over the Indianapolis Colts.

The Saints, although a team that finished in last place in its division with an 8-8 record, were actually a team predicted by many (including yours truly).

Ironically, the Indianapolis Colts, a team that won it all in 2006 and has made the playoffs every year since 2002, were not picked by many to even win their own division this season partially due to the loss of their future Hall of Fame head coach, Tony Dungy.

Rod Woodson, a Hall of Famer himself, publicly stated that he did not think the Colts would even make the playoffs this season!

From the majority of the predictions I heard and read, for the AFC, the consensus was the usual suspects in New England and San Diego (my personal choice), in addition to Pittsburgh repeating, and some even went with Tennessee!

The NFC, on the other hand, was pretty much wide open until Brett Favre unretired (again), and the majority of what I read predicted three NFC East teams (I don't think I have to say which team was left out in the Super Bowl picks).

Of course, once Favre did enter the picture, many people chose Minnesota possibly perhaps due to lack of anyone else they could think of. Even the defending conference champion Cardinals were left out in the dust.

So I'm curious—what did others think would be the matchup of this year's, er, this past year's Super Bowl? My pick was San Diego over New Orleans, and my articles about that can be read here as well as here.