Saints Stun Colts, 31-17

New Orleans makes upset look easy as Indy receivers go AWOL
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 7, 2010 9:00 PM CST
Saints Stun Colts, 31-17
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton celebrates after the NFL Super Bowl XLIV football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Miami, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010. The Saints beat the Colts 31-17.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The New Orleans Saints stymied Peyton Manning, then intercepted him to seal the Super Bowl, rallying to beat the Indianapolis Colts tonight in Miami, 31-17. Tracy Porter intercepted a pass from Manning and sprinted 74 yards for a touchdown and a 31-17 lead with 3:12 left. Playing in the Super Bowl for the first time, the Saints went on a 31-7 run after falling behind 10-0 early.

MVP Drew Brees went 32-for-39 for 288 yards for the Saints, tying Tom Brady's Super Bowl record for completions. Brees went 7-for-7 on the drive that put New Orleans ahead to stay, with the score coming on a 2-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Shockey. Manning's interception was the game's lone turnover, and he was rolled to the turf trying in vain to tackle Porter. It was the first time this season the Colts' starters finished a game and lost. (More Super Bowl XLIV stories.)

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