Manning & Co. making things tough for Peterson, NFC

Tony Gonzalez made a spectacular TD catch to kick off the scoring for the AFC but offered no outrageous or penalty-inducing celebration. On Thursday, Vikings RB and last year’s Pro Bowl MVP Adrian Peterson said he had not yet planned what he would do if he made it into the end zone. If he did come up with something in the last 48 hours, he hasn’t had a chance to show it off, as Peyton Manning & Co. held onto the ball for 16:54.

Helping to keep the NFC off the field has been the play of Manning’s teammate, Robert Mathis. In the first quarter, the Colts DE sacked Drew Brees, forced a fumble and then recovered the ball for the AFC. Then in the second quarter he brought down Brees again for a 13-yard loss.

While the Colts players have been impressive, their mascot was showing off in another way. As a number of team mascots gathered in the end zone during a commercial break to entertain the crowd, a mutiny unfolded, as the furry creatures turned on Blue, the Colts’ mascot, as Sourdough Sam, the 49ers’ mascot, pulled Blue’s pants off. Embarrassed, Blue put its hoofs in front of him and ran for the tunnel. It seems Who Dey, the Bengals mascot, was not in on the coup, as he tried to shield his friend from exposure.

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