I've said it here before; I'm from Louisiana, therefore I'm a New Orleans Saints fan. One is literally born into it.
The Saints mean so much to the Gulf Coast and I'm talking well before a natural disaster ripped the region to shreds, contributed to the flood of one of the best cities and some of the finest people you will ever find in this country.
The Saints winning the Super Bowl was more than just a football game and I'll leave it at that.
As far as the game went, I was sitting in our recliner, in front of our TV, in our dim lit den, hugging a pillow with a hat on, brim pulled low. My wife told me I looked like a ten year old child watching the scariest movie ever.
I wasn't worried about the Saints starting off slowly and I wasn't really worried when they were down by 10, but I thought if they Colts scored again it might be over. The Saints settled in and Brees found a rhythm.
Here are thoughts on the game.
- Marques Colston had a huge drop, but so did Pierre Garcon both of those were key plays.
- I was surprised the Saints didn't call more screen plays, I figured to see a lot of those and draw plays.
- Former LSU Tiger, Joseph Addai, had a great game rushing the ball for the Colts and added some good receptions as well.
- Marques Colston out of the slot is money.
- Colts defense is super fast, Saints defense needs to run some tackling drills tomorrow.
- Both QB's made really great throws.
- How huge was Garrett Hartley! First time a kicker made three field goals over 40 yards in a Super Bowl.
- I loved the call going for it on fourth and goal, but hated the play call running over the right side. Even if you don't make it, you give Indy a long field. Kick the field goal, you give Manning time to score and they get the ball back at the beginning of second half (or so you think).
- I called the onside kick coming out of commercial, go figure. Sean Peyton is that aggressive and watching him for 18 games, it was easy to think that.
- Pierre Thomas is one of the best RB in the league at running a screen. I was hoping they would call that and the Saints offensive line blocked it to perfection.
- I was on Tracy Porter because he allowed Reggie Wayne that quick slant for a big first down, but how he would turn that around.
- Officials called a great game.
- I thought the two point play was good when I saw it live, because Lance Moore wasn't down by contact. Even though his butt was not in the end zone, the ball crossed the goal line before kicked out by Colt player.
- Jonathon Vilma had a great game with two big tackles for a lose. He is a great leader on that defense.
- Jeremy Shockey against a cornerback two yards out, I'll bet Shockey 8 out of 10 times.
- All week long I was telling people that I talk football with that I didn't want the Saints to lose playing some cover two type junk on defense against Peyton Manning. The Tracy Porter pick six was off a blitz. Good!
- Tracy Porter will be talked about in NOLA for the rest of time.
- I was still super nervous when the game seemed to be won, but I really thought the Colts did some horrible clock management at the end of the game.
As the last seconds of the game ticked off the clock tears of joy were rolling down my face. Never in my lifetime did I think I would say, the New Orleans Saints have won the Super Bowl.
I'm not much on slogans, catch phrases and such, but for tonight....
Who Dat! Who Dat! Who Dat say they gonna beat dem Saints....Nobody!