As football fans, we’ve been very lucky. The past few Super Bowls have been so close and competitive that it almost makes you forget that your team isn’t playing in the big game. Historically, it was the $2.6 million commercials that got most of the attention as the game was a time to grab a beer from the fridge or chat it up with friends. Before yesterday, for the 43 Super Bowls that had been played, 21 were decided by 2 or more TDs.
Unfortunately, as Broncos fans, we’ve been on the sour end of many Super Bowl blowouts. The Broncos first three Super Bowl appearances were lost by an average of 22.6 points per game. Then as we know, our back-to-back Super Bowl wins were won by 11 points on average.
This year’s Super Bowl was expected to be a close game. Experts expected a high scoring, Manning-ending TD to cap off a Colts victory. Instead, the city of New Orleans doesn’t know when the party for the Saints will end and Mardi Gras will begin. Beads abound, Drew Brees high on his mound, and Tracy Porter found - a Manning pass to solidify the Saints first ever Super Bowl win. After Porter’s pick, it was a Big Easy win for a city that got behind their football team right after Hurricane Katrina. As evident by the Saints performance over the past few years, the team got behind the city as well.
There ain’t no more Aints and Lose-iana can be Louisiana once again because as far as most everyone is concerned, the Saints played the better game and deserved to win.
In a brief tale of the tape, here’s the low-down on some big name players:
|Reggies||Reggie Wayne – 5 receptions, 46 yds.||Reggie Bush – 5 carries, 25 yds., 4 receptions, 38 yds.|
|Pierres||Pierre Garcon – 5 receptions, 66 yds., 1 TD||Pierre Thomas – 9 carries, 30 yds., 6 receptions, 55 yds., 1 TD|
|Roberts||Robert Mathis – no pressure on Drew Brees. 0 tackles.||Robert Meachem – 2 receptions, 6 yds., but was a nice distraction.|
|Payton & Peyton||Sean Payton – Onside kick called to open 2nd half.||Peyton Manning – 31-45, 333 yds., 1 TD, 1 INT|
Drew Brees, however, was the main character in this too good to be true Hollywood script. After leaving San Diego with a bummed shoulder, not many were interested in the QB. Miami took a brief interest, but it was New Orleans that signed him while saying a silent prayer that he would return to form. Not only did he come back, but he came back a better player. Brees is now considered one of the elite QBs in the league, and I would put him on the same scale as Manning and Tom Brady. He went 32 for 39 passing for 288 yards, and 2 TDs. Mistake free and all that jazz won New Orleans its first professional sports championship ever.
Who Dat nation can rest easy. Nawlins, don’t be fooled. The first rest day that they’ll get will come on February 17th when the confetti and beads are all that’s left after a 10 day long party. The Big Easy will take it easy not because of a natural disaster, but because of a natural healer; Saint ‘Saints’ of the diocese of New Orleans.
Tags: Denver Broncos Drew Brees Indianapolis Colts New Orleans Saints Peyton Manning Pierre Garcon Pierre Thomas Reggie Bush Reggie Wayne Robert Mathis Robert Meachem Season Payton Super Bowl Tom Brady Tracy Porter