Saints Win Super Bowl: Onside Kick Kickstarts New Orleans In Super Bowl XLIV
Last week I produced an article blasting the Saints for getting lucky thus far and yesterday, I wrote another one predicting the Saints to lose. Well, I guess I was wrong.
The Saints finally made me believe they can win without needing stupid mistakes by the other team and you know what, it just happened to be in the biggest game of the year, Super Bowl XLIV.
The Colts struck early, making a field goal on their first drive to take an early 3-0 lead. Late in the first the Colts struck again to make the lead 10-0 with a nice pass into double coverage by Peyton Manning. For a while it seemed I was correct, the Colts were stopping the Saints on every drive and finally found their way into the end zone.
The second quarter was kind of a snoozer with 46 and 44-yard field goals by the Saints' Garrett Hartley. The Saints would close in on the Colts 10-6 going into the half, but the Saints still could not find the end zone.
Something must have happened in the locker room at halftime to turn the Saints on and knock the Colts out.
The Saints would kick an onside kick at the start of the second half and recover, which lit a huge fire under New Orleans.
To start off the third quarter, New Orleans took a 13-10 lead after a 16-yard touchdown pass from Brees to Thomas.
The Colts would strike right back with a four-yard run by Joseph Addai making the score 17-13 Colts. Sadly for the Colts, they would not score again. The Saints came right back with a field goal but the Colts still led 17-16.
The fourth quarter was all Saints, as they would finish their 25-7 run against the Colts in the second half.
With 5:45 left, Drew Brees completed a touchdown to Shockey to give the Saints the lead and after a reviewed play the Saints would get the two-point conversion and take the lead 24-17.
The game would officially end at the 0:00 mark, but ended for all intents and purposes when Peyton was picked off by Tracy Porter who returned it for a touchdown. Later, a failed 4th-and-5 would seal any chance for the Colts, as the Saints won their first ever Super Bowl 31-17.
Drew Brees would go on to win the MVP award, and why not?
He was the main reason the team was there to begin with and won the Super Bowl due to his 32-for-39, 288 yards, and two touchdowns.
Drew Brees truly had an MVP performance.
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