Countdown of the 20 Greatest Super Bowl’s: #16 Super Bowl XLIV
#16 Super Bowl XLIV: New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts
New Orleans Saints – 31
Indianapolis Colts – 17
February 7, 2010
Sun Life Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida
MVP: New Orleans Saints QB, Drew Brees
Key Play: The Saints recovered a on-side kick to start the second half, which led to a touchdown drive and gave the Saints their first lead of the game at 13-10.
In their first ever Super Bowl appearance, the New Orleans Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 in front of 74,000 fans at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees and a gutsy on-side kick call from head coach Sean Payton, led the Saints to the upset victory over Peyton Manning and the Colts. The Saints were down 10-6 at halftime, only to recover an onside kick to start off the second half. This was the turning point in the game in what is considered one of the gutsiest calls in Super Bowl history. The Saints drove down the field following the on-side kick recovery and took the lead on a Drew Brees 16-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Thomas.
Drew Brees, named the Super Bowl MVP, completed 32 of 39 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns. His 32 completions tied Tom Brady’s Super Bowl record.
Colts quarterback Peyton Manning completed 31 of 45 passes for 333 yards and one touchdown. However, it was Manning’s one interception in the fourth quarter with the Colts down 24-17, that cost the Colts the game. The Colts were driving down the field when Manning threw the interception to Saints safety Tracey Porter, who returned it 74 yards for the touchdown.
Super Bowl XLIV deserves to be on the Countdown of the 20 Greatest Super Bowl’s list because it was a well played, competitive game and it was significant to the city of New Orleans. Just four years earlier the city of New Orleans was under water as a result of Hurricane Katrina. The New Orleans Saints winning their first Super Bowl was an emotional boost to a city that was due for one.
Despite the 31-17 score, the game was very competitive and featured two of the greatest quarterbacks of our era. Drew Brees and Peyton Manning both played great games and it was a back and forth game until the fourth quarter when Manning threw that costly interception. The on-side kick called by Saints head coach Sean Payton was a play that caught everyone watching off guard and was a turning point in the game. Super Bowl XLIV is the 16th greatest Super Bowl ever on our list.