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The 44th edition of the big game lands in Miami as the Saints and Colts prepare for battle.
6pm: Kudos to CBS beginning the 6pm hour with HOVA! CBS using Jay-Z in the intro almost completely cancels out The Who doing halftime. They’ve got to go younger.
6:09: The Saints enter Sun Life Stadium to the theme song of Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat. A nice touch by including the fans with bags over their heads. Remember folks, never forget where you came from.
6:18: Poor Queen Latifah. Her IFB piece fell out. She looks slightly flustered in the beginning, unlike Peyton Manning, who has been shown a Super Bowl record 175 times in the last two minutes.
6:23: Is Drew Brees there?
6:29: Emmitt Smith nearly flips the coin toss to Orlando. For the 13th straight Super Bowl, the NFC wins the opening coin toss.
6:33: Hmmm…Third and 2…Saints go up top. Incomplete. Freeney watch begins and he doesn’t look good. Colts force a three and out…Now, the fun begins.
6:38: Waiting for those “remember me” hits. Although, Manning is being pressed a bit and throwing off balance.
6:42: Stove Diddy as Deion Sanders calls him boots through a field goal to cap the drive after Manning misses Garcon on a third down play.
INDY 3, COLTS 0
6:43: Betty White and Abe Vigoda spot followed the controversial Tim Tebow commercial. By the way, nothing better than seeing Betty White running a crossing route.
6:52: Marques Colston drop kills Saints drive after a big Bush play. That’s a quiet concern for the Saints in this game by the way. Their receivers possess somewhat unreliable hands.
6:59: The Saints are a bad run defense. When Joe Addai is running well, look out.
7:01: Manning looked uncomfortable by enlarge until a touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon to cap a 96 yard drive. The Saints better wake up and quick. These guys aren’t going to put it on the ground like Minny did. 10-0 zip Indy.
7:06: After a strong start, the Super Bowl commercials have become LAME.
END OF 1ST QUARTER: INDY 10, SAINTS 0
FIRST QUARTER MVP: JOE ADDAI
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7:17: Saints get a field goal out of their first drive of the second quarter. However, Saints offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod got taken to school on third down by Freeney, who just shoved him towards Brees until he got the sack. INDY 10, SAINTS 3
7:25: Oooooh. Garcon beats star Saints cornerback Jabari Greer…and then promptly drops it. Would have been a big gainer. Instead, an Indy punt on the way and a reprieve for the Saints.
7:28: Odds that someone on the Colts shaved Super Bowl XLIV on their head like New Orleans’ Tracy Porter? 1,000 to 1 maybe?
7:34: STOP RUNNING WIDE ON THE COLTS!!!!!! They are too quick. Ugh.
7:38: Rapidly played first half of the Super Bowl. Critical stage here for the Saints. Down 10-3 with 2 mins left. Manning will get the ball twice before they get it back again potentially.
7:39: Of course, Mike Bell slips running off tackle. Geez.
7:42: Payton goes for it on fourth down. A for design by the Saints. F for execution. A run play is shot down cold by the Indy D on fourth down. Peyton time.
7:45: See, this is why going for it was a good play call. The Saints will now get the ball back after forcing a three and out. Good job by the Saints defense. By the way, who had Peyton Manning with under 100 yards passing in the first half? Kudos to Saints offense…that’s right, offense.
7:51: Hartley kicks another field goal as the Saints steal three towards the end of the half. Just six offensive plays for the Colts in the second quarter. Lesson from the second quarter: you can’t be the greatest quarterback of all-time if you don’t have the ball.
HALFTIME: INDY 10, SAINTS 6
SECOND QUARTER MVP: DREW BREES
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Now, let’s take a halftime break
8:12: Had Janet Jackson not had her “wardrobe malfunction”, would we actually get somewhat relevant halftime shows?
8:22: WOW. Sean Payton goes onside surprise to start the third quarter. Ball deflects off of Hank Baskett. Saints recover! Uh-oh. Payton landing in Belichick zone soon.
8:27: Scccccreeeeeeeeeen. Brees to the PT Cruiser for a 16 yard TD. News flash. These guys are good.Payton gamble pays off handsomely.
SAINTS 13, INDY 10
8:31: By the way, second straight season a team erases a 10-point deficit in the Super Bowl.
8:36: Scott Shanle is going to be a household name by the end of this game if he doesn’t start covering Dallas Clark.
8:38: And we get our first second half sighting of the Manning family thanks to a Joe Addai four yard touchdown. If the Colts win, he should be the MVP but we all know how that will play out.
INDY 17, SAINTS 13
8:43: You can see the Saints almost becoming impatient, waiting to drop the bomb on the Indy but Brees picks his way downfield. It culminates in another Hartley field goal.
INDY 17, SAINTS 16
8:50: By the way, if you had this young lady appearing on any screens in a prop bet, you’re in trouble…
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END OF THIRD QUARTER: INDY 17, SAINTS 16
9:03: Colts go for it on fourth down inside of midfield. Simms credits Caldwell for going for it. Come on Phil. You know better than that. The Sheriff hits Reggie Wayne for a first.
9:05: Not to be that guy but why don’t teams quick kick? A 4th and 11 and Indy opts for a 51 yard field goal from the older player ever to play in a Super Bowl. On cue, he misses.
9:12: Oh boy…we’re headed towards another one of THOSE Super Bowl finishes….
9:14: SHOCKEY SIGHTING!!!! The man who was an outcast with the Giants during Super Bowl XLII puts N.O. ahead. Missed two point conversion. Although, we may get a challenge.
9:19: Lance Moore’s two point drop is overturned and called a reception, which was the right call. Five minutes left…Peyton better put on his Sunday best for this one. If he doesn’t score, he’s not likely to get the ball back.
SAINTS 24, INDY 17
9:25: Somewhere Roger Goodell is sitting in darkened room smoking a cigarette. His worst nightmare is possibly going to come true…an overtime in a Super Bowl.
9:29: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHH! Send it in!!!! ONIONS! DOUBLE ORDER!!!! Every quarterback’s nightmare, Tracy Porter…intercepts Peyton Manning!!!! To the house from 74 yards out. Colts down by two touchdowns!
SAINTS 31, INDY 17
9:37: Manning is going to be a hard man to live with if he doesn’t get this done. He goes deep to Austin Collie for 41 yards.
9:43: Wow. Stunning.
9:48: Saints win after Manning misses on 4th and goal. If he gets all the praise, he needs a beating for this one. The Saints are the World Champions.