According to USA Today, the New Orleans Saints win against the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowls XLIV as the 17th best of all-time.
The New Orleans Saints beat the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 in the 2009 Super Bowl, winning the first Lombardi trophy in Saints’ organizational history. The franchise would not be solidified up with those who have previously won the coveted award.
After ending another season 13-3 just a decade after that Super Bowl win, the Saints again had their eyes on that precious trophy. Unfortunately, that quest ended in the Wild Card round against the Minnesota Vikings this year.
However, the New Orleans Saints will always have 2009 to look back on in times of trouble and controversy. A time when the city of New Orleans came together to back its football team in Miami, FL as they would win their first-ever Super Bowl.
This was the first Super Bowl matchup in which both teams had a first-round bye since Super Bowl XXXIX. The Indianapolis Colts got out to a ten-point lead in the first quarter. New Orleans fans seasons hanging in the balance.
They saw their team push back in the second quarter gaining two field goals. The halftime score was 10-6. The second half saw more action. The third New Orleans Saints came out on top in the third quarter 10-7 bringing the game score to 16-17 in favor of Indianapolis.
The fourth quarter is where the Saints really turned it on. They outscored the Colts by 15 in the final quarter with two touchdowns and a two-point conversion. The game ended in a dramatic 31-17 victory in the closing quarter of the game.
According to Nate Davis of USA Today, “The Saints ended decades of futility courtesy of MVP Drew Brees’ pinpoint passing, coach Sean Payton’s surprise onside kick to start the second half and CB Tracy Porter’s game-sealing pick-six of Peyton Manning.”
The New Orleans Saints haven’t been back to the Super Bowl since that year. But the next one is right around the corner, the current team is destined for the franchise’s second Lombardi trophy to display proudly.