Super Bowl XLIV was no let down today as the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts had a hard fought battle all the way to the end. However, when the clock struck zero, the Saints walked away with a 31-17 win over the Colts.
This game was back and forth for almost the entire time. At halftime, the Colts went into the locker room with a 10-6 lead over the Saints. It wasn’t until the second half though when the Saints really began clicking on all cylinders.
The real nail in the coffin though was when Peyton Manning, although he played a great game, threw his only interception of the game to Tracy Porter who took it to the house from 74 yards out. This pick six was made with just 3:12 left on the clock and it put the Colts down by two scores.
That one play may have been responsible for ending any chances of a Colts come back; however, a question that needs to be asked is how did Saints kicker Garrett Hartley and his record setting day affect the game’s outcome?
Garrett Hartley is the 23 year old field goal kicker for the New Orleans Saints. And at just 23 years of age, he has set a new Super Bowl record by recording three field goals all from 40 plus yards (46, 44, and 47). Hartley hitting those kicks was an enormous momentum changer for the Saints throughout this ball game.
During this season, Hartley was suspended for four games for violating team rules, causing him to miss some very crucial playing time. And over the past two seasons for the Saints, they have gone through four kickers during that time span. That is why today’s record setting performance, Hartley has just proven to the Saints and the city of New Orleans that he is finally ready to be their go to guy in all their clutch situations for years to come.
Hartley came through today for the Saints with his big time field goals and his new Super Bowl record very possibly could have been the overall difference in Super Bowl XLIV. And at a mere 23 years old, the Saints have lots to look forward to with young and talented kicker in Garrett Hartley.