Super Bowl XLIV

The 2009 football season concluded at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida yesterday after Super Bowl XLIV, in which the New Orleans Saints became NFL Champions for the first time since their inception in 1967.  They defeated the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 and quarterback Drew Brees was the game MVP.  Brees tied a Super Bowl record set by Tom Brady in Super Bowl XXXVIII with 32 completions.  Brees also had 2 touchdowns and 288 yards passing.

Other stars of the day were Colts quarterback Peyton Manning who had 31 completions for 333 yards and a touchdown, however, he threw the interception, by Tracy Porter, that sealed the win for the Saints in the 4th quarter.  The leading rusher was Indianapolis’ Joseph Addai, who ran for 77 yards on 13 carries.  It was a day for passing, however, as Addai, Dallas Clark (Colts), Marques Colston (Saints), and Deverey Henderson (Saints) all came away with 7 receptions each.  Dwight Freeney, who was under speculation for two weeks as to whether he would play due to an ankle spain in the AFC Championship, had the only sack of the night.  Indy’s Gary Brackett had 12 tackles.  Also, the Saints Garrett Hartley became the first kicker with 3 field goals over 40 yards in a Super Bowl game.

The story of the day seemed to be New Orleans willingness to take risks and leave it all on the field, with both success and failure.  Their 4th and goal attempt from the Colts 1 yard line came up short, but their onside kick immediately after halftime proved to be genius as it caught the Colts special teams off guard and leaning away in anticipation of a long kick.

The halftime show was performed by The Who and accented by a brilliant light show.  They played a medley of their hits, including “Pinball Wizard”, “Who Are You”, “Baba O’Riley”, “See Me Feel Me”, and “Won’t Get Fooled Again”.

The Colts were favored by Las Vegas by 4 points and the over/under was set at 57.

A 30 second commercial during this years Super Bowl cost $2.5 to 2.8 million.

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Super Bowl XLIV

This year’s NFL Super Bowl will be played February 7 at SunLife Stadium in Miami, Florida.  Super Bowl XLIV will be played between the Indianapolis Colts, representing the AFC, and the New Orleans Saints, representing the NFC.

It will be broadcast on CBS, with announcers Jim Nantz and Phil Simms and a halftime performance by The Who.

Here are some players to look out for:

The Colts finished the regular season 14-2 after resting their starters after clinching homefield advantage.  Led by league MVP Peyton Manning, the Colts are playing in their second NFL championship game in four years.

Peyton finished the season with 4,500 passing yards, 33 touchdown passes, and a 99.9 passer rating.  His top two targets are wide receiver Reggie Wayne and tight end Dallas Clark, who both finished the season with 100 receptions and 10 touchdowns.  Recievers Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie are also factors in the passing game.  Joseph Addai led the team in rushing yards behind an offensive line anchored by center Jeff Saturday.

Defensively the Colts are led by Pro Bowl defensive ends Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis.  Safety Antoine Bethea also made the Pro Bowl roster with 70 tackles and 4 interceptions.

Jim Caldwell has guided the Colts to the championship in his first year as head coach.

The Saints also finished their season as a number one seed in the playoffs after finished at 13-3.  This is the first NFL championship game in the franchises 43 year history.  This team began to turn around after Hurricane Katrina ripped through coastal Louisiana and devastated the area in 2005.

That offseason they picked up quarterback Drew Brees, who led the league with a 109.6 passer rating and completing an NFL record 70.6% of his passes.  His main receiver was Marques Colston who had plenty of help from other recieving weapons such as Deverey Henderson, Robert Meachem, Jeremy Shockey, and playmaker Reggie Bush.  The running game was led by Pierre Thomas and Mike Bell.  The offensive line got three Pro Bowl nods thanks to great seasons by Jahri Evans, Jonathan Goodwin, and Jon Stinchcomb.

Defensive end Will Smith led the team with 13 sacks while Jonathan Vilma had a team-high 87 tackles.  The secondary was led by 12 year veteran Darren Sharper.  Rising star Tracy Porter also contributed at cornerback.

The Saints are led by head coach Sean Payton.

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