To quote Charles Dickens, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." This is a tale of two cities-- but also a tale of two Andrews.
In Indianapolis... Andrew Luck turned a 38-10 third quarter deficit into a 45-44 win. In Cincinnati, Andrwe (Andy) Dalton turned a 10-7 lead into a 28-10 loss-- also in the third quarter.
In Indianapoils, Andrew Luck is considered the next coming of John Elway. (He even looks like Elway-- and they went to the same university... Stanford)... In Cincinnati... Andrew (Andy) Dalton is considered the anti-Elway... just waiting for things to go wrong-- as they did, late in the third quarter on into the fourth-- with a fumble and 2 interceptions.
In Indianapolis, they have talented T.Y. Hilton catching a game-winning touchdown pass. In Cincinnati, they have talented receiver A.J. Green dropping a pass that would have given his team a fighting chance to come back against San Diego.
Finally, in Indianapolis, the Colts are preparing for a trip to where Cincinnati expected to go-- to Foxboro to play the New England Patriots. The team that beat the Bengals-- the San Diego Chargers-- will go where Indianapolis expected to go... Denver.
Both quarterbacks will be back with their teams next year, if all goes to plan. But while Andrew Luck is considered a miracle-worker, Andrew (Andy) Dalton is considered a zookeeper. As the San Diego announcer said, Dalton doesn't have a monkey on his back, he has a whole zoo there.
It is the best of times, it is the worst of times. A tale of two cities, only 125 miles apart... Indianapolis and Cincinnati. The Colts go on, the Bengals stay home-- for the fifth time in 5 playoff appearances. I am a Bengal fan-- and like many of my ilk, I wonder if things will ever get better.
That's my take...I'm Tom Lee.