Sunday, February 7, 2010
It's finally over
The NFL season came to a close with the New Orleans Saints winning the Super Bowl, 31-17 over the Indianapolis Colts in Miami on Sunday evening.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees, named the game's Most Valuable Player, threw for two touchdowns and the Saints defense did what they needed to do in the second half in shutting down the Colts offense. Tracy Porter returned an interception 74 yards to seal the win at 31-17 with just over three minutes remaining in the game.
The Colts jumped out to a 10-0 lead after one quarter and the Saints could muster only two field goals by kicker Garrett Hartley (both from beyond 40 yards) in the first half.
A surprise onside kickoff that the Saints recovered to start the second half seemed to light a spark for New Orleans and they never looked back after that, out scoring Indy, 25-7 in the second half.
Peyton Manning finished with 333 yards passing with a touchdown and the costly interception in the final quarter.
Trailing 17-16 in the final quarter, Brees threw a two-yard scoring pass to tight end Jeremy Shockey and the two-point conversion was successful on a pass to Lance Moore, who made a great diving catch to give the Saints a 24-17 lead with 5:42 remaining.
In a bizarre season which saw both of these teams go to 13-0 before New Orleans suffered its' first defeat, it was indeed a strange game that saw both of these teams feeling each other out like prize fighters as they played it unusually close to the vest on offense.
But in the end, the New Orleans Saints prevailed and now the Big Easy can rest easy as they are returning home with the trophy.
See ya' next season!