We love underdogs, and N.E. Patriots fans love just about any team that beats the Colts, so the Saints Super Bowl victory is sweet. After many years of boring blowouts most recent Super Bowls have been just fun to watch. The Colts looked unstoppable early but three plays and a spirited final defensive stand sent Payton Manning home ringless.
- The Saints onside kick to start the second half was one of the gutsiest Super Bowl coaching calls ever. If the Saints don’t recover the ball they give Manning a short field and are down by 11 points. The kick and Saints’ recovery stunned the Colts–I think Jim Caldwell’s nostrils even flared for a nanosecond. That play knocked Indy back on its heels.
- Lance Moore’s airborne, parallel-to-the-ground all-in-one-motion catch, twist to break the end-zone plane, contact with the field, and firm two-handed motionless display of the ball to the referee–who blew the call when a Colts player knocked the ball from Moore’s grip with his knee–was a wondrous display of athleticism, presence of mind, and flawless execution, topped off by the end-zone camera capturing every nuance to prove, irrefutably, that Moore scored the two-point conversion. The replay showed Moore showing the ball to the ref like it was the prize catch in a bass-fishing derby.
- Tracy Porter sat on the route, perfectly jumped Manning’s pass to Reggie Wayne to intercept the ball, let his blockers clear the path, then blazed to the end zone for the touchdown the killed Indianapolis.
Great game, great result, and a great reason for a week-long pre-Mardi Gras party.