The Saints can stomp on home and start celebrating. Not only did the franchise want their first championship, but the city needed something to celebrate after Hurricane Katrina wrecked it.
Whatever Katrina took, The Saints gave it back today, and nothing can take that away ever.
Down 10-0 at the start of the second half, the Saints momentum needed a jolt. That is exactly what Coach Sean Payton did by calling an on-side kick to confuse the Colts. Payton’s seemingly gutsy moves were pure brilliance in the victory.
The Saints defense played Peyton Manning to perfection. The patience, against the best QB in the league, sealed itself with an interception in the fourth quarter. Saints defensive end Tracy Porter picked off Manning’s signature passage rout, to score a touchdown. Porter’s timing sealed the team’s eventual win.
While Manning got rattled, Drew Brees did not; as he played with dignity by spreading the ball around to eight different receivers throughout the game.
The Saints quarterback rightfully crowned the game MVP, throwing 32-of-39 passes, for 288 yards and two touchdowns. He was the underdog team’s leader, who played with heart. Having the stress of a city on your shoulders, Brees knew how much bigger this game was than football, and New Orleans should be immensely proud.
The team finished the Colts off with a score of 31 to 17. Saints kicker Garrett Hartley earning nine of the 31 points, going 3 for 3 with each kick being over 40+ yards playing as good as it gets.
The Colts did not have it this game, and the players were superior in defeat, giving the Saints all the credit for playing better football.
After 42 years in the NFL, the Saints made history today. Let the party stay on Bourbon Street, and for Saints fans everywhere because you are the Champions now!!!
“The glory of sport is witnessing a well-coached team perform as a single unit, striving for a common goal and ultimately bringing distinction to the jersey the players represent.”