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Date: February 7, 2010
The New Orleans Saints made a magical run through the regular season and into the playoffs on their way to the Super Bowl.
Indianapolis was considered the favorite heading into the game after the Colts dominated the regular season.
The Colts took a 10-point lead in the first quarter on a field goal and touchdown pass thrown by Peyton Manning to Pierre Garcon.
The Saints responded in the second quarter with two field goals to cut the lead 10-6.
The momentum shifted in favor of New Orleans after Sean Payton made one of the gutsiest play calls in Super Bowl history. He called for an onside kick to open the second half, which the Saints managed to recover. They took advantage and scored on a touchdown pass to Pierre Thomas.
Joseph Addai responded midway through the third quarter to give the Colts a 17-13 lead.
Garret Hartley cut it to 17-16 with a late third-quarter field goal.
The Saints took back the lead in the fourth quarter with a touchdown pass to Jeremy Shockey.
The Colts had the ball with less than six minutes remaining, but Manning made a crucial mistake near the three-minute mark. He threw the ball to Reggie Wayne, but Tracy Porter broke on the ball and intercepted it for a 74-yard return touchdown.
New Orleans held onto the lead and won the franchise’s first Super Bowl.
Super Bowl MVP: Drew Brees
Final Score: New Orleans Saints 31, Indianapolis Colts 17