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Super Bowl defenses are battle tested

The latest officiating trends don't favor light Cover 2 defenses, but the Colts and Bears still managed to thrive, writes John Clayton.

Originally Published: January 27, 2007
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The Indianapolis Colts are 6½ to 7-point favorites in Super Bowl XLI, but most people won't appreciate how the odds of them making the Super Bowl were stacked against them. You can say the same for the Chicago Bears.

This wasn't the year a light, quick Cover 2 defense was supposed to thrive. The New York Times was the first to do a study of how games were officiated this season. The results, published this week, were not only fascinating, but they make you appreciate even more how ...

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