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Saints give New Orleans first Super Bowl title

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Saints give New Orleans first Super Bowl title

Saints CB Tracy Porter stepped in front of Peyton Manning's pass intended for Reggie Wayne, intercepted it, and returned the pick 74 yards for a touchdown
to give New Orleans a 31-17 lead with 3:12 remaining in the game. The Colts were unable to come back in the final minutes, giving New Orleans its first ever Super Bowl championship.

Game ball

Saints QB Drew Brees displayed poise and precision in his first Super Bowl appearance, completing 32 of 39 passes for 288 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Key Stat

After a slow first quarter in which the Colts appeared poised to run away, the Saints altered the course of Super Bowl XLIV by seizing control of the second quarter, when they ran 32 plays to the Colts' 6. New Orleans then opened the second half with a successful onside kick that, six plays later, resulted in a 16-yard touchdown catch-and-run by Pierre Thomas.

Noteworthy

The Saints, who lost their final three regular-season games, are the first team with a three-game losing streak to win a Super Bowl. ... With Manning losing, that makes five straight regular-season MVPs to reach the Super Bowl and lose the game. ... The Saints' Garrett Hartley became the first kicker in Super Bowl history with three field goals made from 40-plus yards (46, 44 and 47). ... Thomas, who had 85 total yards, is the third RB in NFL history to have a receiving touchdown in both a conference title game and the Super Bowl. ... Colts K Matt Stover, who was 1-for-2 on field goal attempts, became the oldest player in a Super Bowl at 42 years, 11 days. ... Indianapolis' 96-yard touchdown drive in the first quarter tied the 1985 Bears (Super Bowl XX) for the longest in Super Bowl history.

Source: NFL.com

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