The Saints Winning The Super Bowl
Was Like The Raiders Winning The Super Bowl
It was a day in the Bay that we all feel when the Raiders play, except unlike yesterday our prayers never pay. My pattna Talmesha expressed it best. Watching the Saints in the Super Bowl was like watching the Raiders in the Super Bowl. They were not the team to beat, they were the under dog in sooo many ways, but the Saints were able to calm down and completed one of the biggest Super Bowl upsets. At 31 to 17 the Saints took what was there's and that was the Vince Lombardi trophy and there first Super Bowl win in franchise history!
New Orleans safety Chris Reis (39) celebrates with teammates after recovering an onside kick to start the second half of Sunday’s game.
Drew Brees, Sean Payton and the rest of the Saints team have reversed their fate and are on the road to recovery not only from a city of ruin but the embarrassing past of never going to the Super Bowl.
"We just believed in ourselves and we knew that we had an entire city and maybe an entire country behind us," said Brees, the game's MVP. "What can I say? I tried to imagine what this moment would be like for a long time, and it's better than expected."
"Four years ago who ever thought this would be happening when 85 percent of the city was under water from (Hurricane) Katrina," Brees said. "Most people not knowing if New Orleans would ever come back or if the organization and the team would come back. ... This is the culmination of that belief and that faith."
Brees tied a Super Bowl record with 32 completions, the last a 2-yard slant to Jeremy Shockey for the winning points with 5:42 remaining. He was 32 for 39 for 288 yards.
A surprise onside kick sparked the Saints' second-half comeback. Their 25th-ranked defense made several key stops, and Tracy Porter's 74-yard interception return on a pass from Manning clinched it.
Manning tried to give chase, but was blocked by a New Orleans defender and fell awkwardly as the cornerback raced by. The four-time NFL MVP forlornly walked to the sideline as the Big Easy celebrations began.
"It's time for the Saints to celebrate," he said. "It's their field and it's their championship."
Tracy Porter returns an interception for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLIV.
New Orleans Saints safety Roman Harper celebrates after teammate Tracy Porter's interception return in the fourth quarter in Super Bowl XLIV at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida.
New Orleans Saints linebacker Troy Evans celebrates after the Saints defeated the Colts 31-17.
New Orleans Saints players reach for the Vince Lombardi trophy after the Saints defeated the Colts 31-17.
New Orleans Saints player Marvin Mitchell (2nd L) and family members celebrate with the Vince Lombardi.
Tracy Porter celebrates on his way to the endzone after picking off Peyton Manning.
Defensive end Anthony Hargrove (left) and Malcolm Jenkins celebrate after the Saints recover an onside kick at the start of the third quarter.
Pierre Thomas dives into the endzone to complete a 16-yard run that put the Saints up 13-10.