Super Bowl XLIV Prediction: Peyton Manning Too Much For The Saints

Chris CiprianoCorrespondent IIFebruary 6, 2010

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 04:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts smiles as he holds the Vince Lombardi Super Bowl trophy after his team won the Super Bowl XLI 29-17 over the Chicago Bears on February 4, 2007 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Peyton Manning has reached the status that not many athletes haven ever accomplished.

Peyton is on the same level only M.J. and Montana were in their primes.

You just don't bet against them in a big game.

Early in his career, Peyton had a reputation for choking in the playoffs and never coming up big when it mattered most.

Since that 2006 Super Bowl run, Peyton has been a different quarterback.

One who is playing his best football this year at age 33 and one I want no part in betting against this week.

Sure, the Saints are playing for the city of New Orleans and that all sounds great, but in reality that means nothing once the whistle blows.

The Saints are a good team.  They're just not in the same class as the Colts

We tend to forget that the Colts starters have not lost a game this season. 

If not for their decision to rest their starters in the final two weeks of the regular season all the talk leading up to the game would be about the Colts pursuit of perfection.

This Colts team is one of the best team of all time, yet they don't receive the renegotiation they should.

This team is more than Peyton Manning.

Gary Brackett is vastly underrated and the leader of the Colts defense.  They also have Melvin Bullet patrolling the secondary, who is a stud.

We also forget they're making this run without All Pro safety Bob Sanders.  Imagine how much better their run defense would be if Sanders was in the lineup.

His absence does illustrate what make this Colts team great.  If No. 1 goes down, No. 2 steps right in and the team doesn't miss a beat. 

It's happened with Sanders, the revolving door at corner back, and will happen again on Sunday when Raheem Brock fills in for a less than 100 percent Dwight Freeney.

The only way the Saints are going to win is if they go punch for punch and then some with Manning.

Though we learned last week, no lead is safe against the Colts.  With the Jets up 17-6 did you seriously ever count out the Colts?

You can't, and if you did he sure did make you look silly.

The Saints will give the Colts a run for their money, but it won't be enough.

The Vikings did everything they could to hand that game to New Orleans and they still needed overtime and a gift from Brett Favre to win.

With no rooting interest in this game, I'm hoping for a close game, but I'm not crossing my fingers.

The last two Super Bowls have been two of the best ever.  This one will be memorable, but not for the game.

It will be remembered as the game Peyton Manning cemented his legend as one the best ever to suit up and play this great game.

Final Score: Colts 28, Saints 17

Super Bowl MVP:  Peyton Manning


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