SAINTS DAT! Knock Off Manning’s Colts
By Brian Miller
This years Super Bowl fell way short of the super shoot out that many expected. A low scoring first half that was way more defensive than offensive gave way to a more exciting 2nd half that ultimately fell short of any real drama when Peyton Manning threw the first turnover of the game. The 7 point swing set up the “WHO DAT” New Orleans Saints as the “WHO DAT NFL Champions”.
The game was over when Tracy Porter picked off Manning late in the 4th quarter and returned it for a touchdown. Manning who was leading a final 4th quarter drive that would likely have sent the game into overtime took his team to the goal line with just over a minute to play following the pick only to be picked again to seal the deal.
Drew Brees let his shaky start give way to an almost perfect second half that started with the Saints’ Sean Payton calling an opening second half onside kick that the Saints not only recovered but converted into a TD.
The story however was all Brees.
Brees connected on 10 plus consecutive completions in the 2nd half and completed 32 passes on the game. Spreading the ball around, Brees found Devery Henderson, Jeremy Shockey, Marques Colston, and a critical 2 point conversion by Lance Moore. When he wasn’t hitting his receivers he was hitting Reggie Bush out of the backfield.
Still, for all the completions on both sides of the ball, the gunslinger scoring barrage never got going. Instead, fans were treated to a game that didn’t open up until the 3rd period when the teams exchanged TD’s. Still, the game finished with the Saints scoring 31 and the Colts 17. Far below the teams usual 40 plus winning point totals that were norms most of the season.
For Drew Brees, a name that Miami Dolphins fans not only know well but want to forget, he played in his first Super Bowl in the city that two times before shunned him and he walked away with not only a Championship but an MVP award as well.
So, not to Dave Wannstedt, Drew Brees was a lot better than Jay Fiedler and Nick Saban, Drew Brees’ shoulder is just fine and Brees is much better than Dante Culpepper.
Congratulations to the New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees on a victory well deserved. Who Dat? Saints Dat!