I really have a feeling this is finally Peyton's year. (Although this is the 3rd year in a row I've been saying that...)
Peyton reminds me of Steve Young in that people started to doubt that Young would ever win the big one after several subpar playoff performances, following amazing regular seasons. The pressure started to build on him.
Young could never beat the Cowboys, never out-perform Aikman.
Then one year, he finally did beat the Cowboys and out-perform Aikman, who played a terrible game, and he then went on to the SB and dominated the Chargers.
He exorcised all his demons in that 1 year.
The stars are aligning for it to pan out almost exactly the same way for Peyton this year.
I've always thought that Peyton just has too much talent, and also enough talent around him, to finally break through one year.
And now with the Colts at home against their archnemesis, the Pats, and Peyton against his own personal rival, Brady, this is the perfect opportunity to exorcise all his demons the same way Young did.
Just one year, just one championship, is all it takes to remove the "choker" label for good and to avoid all the back-handed comparisons to Dan Marino and all the whispers about not being able to win when it counts.
Also, Peyton has not really played that well so far in the 2 playoff games.
But his team has still won.
And I just don't see Peyton playing 3 subpar games in a row, especially at home. Plus nervousness usually fades with experience. The jitters should be gone by now, and Peyton will finally remove the albatross from his neck.
(But if they lose to the Pats again, especially at home, and Peyton plays poorly again, it will really continue to mind-fuck him.)