Originally Posted by Mister Friendly
Having a good defense is always what you want but recently Peyton, Brees, Eli, Warner have all got to the Super Bowl with an average to below average defense.
The defense just cant play overtly bad in the playoffs and good offense helps with that.
Each of those teams had defenses that stepped up in the playoffs and still had great individual efforts as well. They were not below average in the playoffs.
Remember that Colts SB team? Their defense was HORRIBLE. Then all of a sudden, they look like a top 5 defense once the playoffs start. The Giant had some great defensive lines. The Saint defense was certainly not as bad as it looked from what the stats tell you. Their defense was tough. The Cardinals may have had the weakest of that bunch, but what their offense did in the playoffs (Kurt, and Larry especially) was truly special. Probably the most succinct and efficient of that bunch during their SB run. Easily, actually.