At times, I thought of returning to my textbooks.
At times, I was sitting on the edge of my couch.
At times, I was considering reaching for an extra Oreo.
At times, Peyton looked like … well Peyton.
And at times, I just couldn’t believe another NFL season was about to come to an end, yet again.
Super Bowl XLIV was fun, but at sometimes seemed like snooze-fest. When the Colts took an early lead, 10-0, images of Tampa Bay-Oakland flashed before my very own eyes. Remember how bad that Super Bowl was overall? It was awful, dreadful, as well as pathetic. I believe I was watching MTV with my neighbors by halftime that evening.
When the Saints were trailing 10-6 at halftime, all I could remember was New England-Carolina, Super Bowl XXXVIII. What a great defensive first half!
Yet, when the Saints began the second half with an unusual, catch them off guard play, an on-side kick, I knew we were going to be in for a real treat. Everything seemed to fall into place following this opening play. Drew Brees connected for his first touchdown of the evening, a 16-yard pass to halfback, Pierre Thomas, and from there never looked back.
Yes, Peyton and the Colts roared back with a Joseph Addai 4-yard touchdown run, but that would be their final score of the contest.
The Saints defense, led by coordinator Greg Williams, pushed his squad to its limits. He caught Manning off guard, as well as forced the Colts to play New Orleans Saints football, which when the game is on the line looks somewhat hard to figure out.
Following Tracy Porter’s interception, which resulted in a touchdown, we all knew this game was over, done and belonged to New Orleans.
This victory was perfect, not just as a Patriots fan and seeing Manning remain with one Super Bowl ring on his finger, but to see Drew Brees and the rest of the New Orleans Saints win it, not just for themselves, but their beloved city.
The city of New Orleans loves their Saints. They live, breath and die by them; no matter if they are 0-16 or 16-0; the Saints are their hope, inspiration and love.
Tonight, no matter if you root for the Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders or New York Jets, we are all Saints fans!
Congratulations to WHO DAT NATION! You guys have won, Super Bowl XLIV!