By Derek Lofland.
Saints QB Drew Brees was named the MVP of the game with 32 completions in 39 attempts for 288 passing yards, two touchdowns, no picks and a QB rating of 114.5.
Even more amazing, the Colts jumped out to a 10-0 lead after the first quarter, but the Saints proceeded to outscore them 31-7 going forward. It was a proud moment for a franchise that has been short on them. The Saints have an overall franchise record of 275-378-5 and they won more playoff games this postseason (three) than they had in franchise history (two). This is a huge moment for a city that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina just four years ago. The city has rallied behind this team ever since and this is the crowning moment for this franchise and the city of New Orleans.
There were a lot of big plays in this game, but the two biggest by far were an onside kick and an interception. Coming out of the half the Saints were down 10-6. They needed to jumpstart their offense, but the Colts were going to receive the kickoff. Head coach Sean Payton made a gutsy call by deciding to go for an onside kick and the Colts were caught off guard and the Saints recovered.
That led to a touchdown and turned the momentum in the Saints' favor. Had that play not worked, the Colts would have had excellent field position and could have probably scored a touchdown. In that event, Payton would be hearing it today.
The other big play was a fourth quarter interception by CB Tracy Porter. The Saints were ahead 24-17 with a little over three minutes left in the fourth quarter. QB Petyon Manning and WR Reggie Wayne have played together since 2001, yet for whatever reason they were not on the same page on that play. Porter picked off the pass and returned it for a 74-yard touchdown, ending any hope of a comeback....