A little diversion here for me today as I write briefly about Sunday’s Super Bowl victory for the New Orleans Saints.
In what started out as a manhandling of the Saints defense in the first quarter by Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, the New Orleans Saints settled down, caught their collective breathe and took control both offensively and defensively, beating the Colts at their own game. Passing.
Drew Brees had a phenominal day going 32 for 39 for 288 yards and two touchdown passes in a 31-17 victory. Brees also was awarded the MVP of the Super Bowl in what turned out to be the most watched Super Bowl in the history of the game.
It was a see-saw battle as teams exchanged scoring drives for most of the game and then it happened. Peyton Manning on one of his usual no-huddle, quick strike offensive drives, threw a pass that I’m sure he’d love to have back. Saints defender Tracy Porter stepped in front of Colts receiver Reggie Wayne and picked off Manning and went 74 yards for the touchdown. An aggressive play by the Saints defense, but their style of play and many of their calls had been aggressive all day. Including an onside kick to start the second half which the Saints recovered.
Have to say as cool and calm as Manning usually is, Saints quarterback Drew Brees was even more so, as he never looked confused, rushed, and always had control of his play. It was one of the best quarterback duels that we’ll ever see. Passing was the name of this game that was for sure as the quarterbacks combined for over 600 passing yards on a combined 84 attempts.
A great win for New Orleans, a team and a city that defintely could use the victory, as they won in their first Super Bowl appearance ever.
Congratulations to New Orleans and all the players that made this possible. Your hard work and determination and passion for excellence is what led you here. Most importantly, you finished your task.
Thanks for reading.