MIAMI, FL (WLOX) – The Saints were once down 10-0 in Super Bowl XLIV. So how did they become just the second team to erase a 10 point deficit and win the Vince Lombardi trophy? They did it by reaching into their bag of tricks.
The first key play of the second half came on the opening kickoff. The Saints tried an onsides kick. After a wild scrum, the Saints recovered. Sean Payton's gamble paid off.
The recovery led to a Drew Brees screen pass to Pierre Thomas. He made a juke, a jive and a dive into the end zone. New Orleans had its first lead of Super Bowl XLIV.
Indianapolis regained the lead on a Joseph Addai touchdown run. But, a Garrett Hartley field goal cut the lead to 17-16. Hartley became the first kicker to make three 40+ yard field goals in the Super Bowl.
In the fourth quarter, Matt Stover missed a 51 yarder. The Saints got it at the 41.
They scored a TD on a Jeremy Shockey touchdown reception. And then they went for two. Lance Moore was ruled to have dropped the ball. After a review, the play was overturned. Extra point good. Two point conversion good. The Saints led 24-17 with 5:42 remaining.
Back came Peyton Manning. But from the 30 yard line, his pass was picked off by Tracy Porter. Porter raced 74 yards untouched to the end zone. The Saints had a 31-17 lead.
On the sidelines, Manning seemed perplexed. Across the way, the Saints knew they were just a few minutes away from winning the Vince Lombardi trophy.
Fourth down, 50 seconds remaining. Manning back to pass. He looks, he pumps, his pass falls incomplete. Game over. The Saints win. The Saints are Super Bowl XLIV champions beating the Indianapolis Colts 31-17.