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Super Bowl XLIV: Reggie Wayne Could Be The Colts' Fourth Quarter Key

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07: Reggie Wayne #87 reaches for the ball against the Indianapolis Colts of the New Orleans Saints during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Lou DiPietroAnalyst IFebruary 7, 2010

The Colts entered the fourth quarter clinging to a perilous one-point lead.

But to further illustrate just how amazing that stat lone is, consider this: through three quarters, Pro Bowl receiver Reggie Wayne had just one catch for five yards.

The recently-maligned Saints secondary, led by Jabari Greer and Tracy Porter, has done a great job shutting down Wayne. Really, the entire Colts offense, as they had just 17 points and 146 yards passing through three quarters.

But can they keep it up?

The Saints can expect Wayne to get a lot of looks in the final 10 minutes of the game, as his big play ability will be a huge key.

He's already made a big contribution, catching a pair of passes on 3rd-and-12 and then 4th-and-2 to keep the Colts first drive alive.

If he can find a way to break through, it may be close to impossible to stop a Colts offense that is led by the man who had the highest fourth-quarter passer rating in the NFL this season.

 

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