Top 5 reasons why the Colts lost the Super Bowl:
5. Crucial Dropped Passes
Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie were the heroes of the AFC Championship, but the two players dropped big 3rd down passes. Garcon’s came near the end of the 2nd quarter, which could have led to a 2-TD lead before the half. Instead, Indy was forced to punt. Collie’s dropped pass came in the beginning of the 4th which led to this:
4. Stover’s Missed Field Goal
Kickers have had a tough time this entire football season, from Jeff Reed’s misses in week 2, to Nick Folk’s miss that led to Dallas waiving his contract. Matt Stover can now be added to this lst. After Collie’s drop, Stover attempted a 51-yard field goal, and it was no good. Had it been successful, the Colts would have been up by 4 points.
3. Hank Baskett and the Onside Kick
At the beginning of the the 3rd quarter, Sean Payton called for one of the riskiest plays in the NFL: an onside kick. Hank Baskett, Indiana’s wide receiver, had a chance to catch the ball and it went through his hands. The football was dropped, and Baskett had a chance to retrieve it, and failed. After a minute of scrambling, the ball, recovered by Chris Reis, was given to the Saints. This play changed the entire momentum of the game in favor of New Orleans. Maybe Caldwell should have let Kendra suit up.
2. Channeling Favre
In the 4th, the Colts were down by a touchdown and had a chance to score, and Peyton Manning through an interception. The ball was picked off by Tracy Porter, who then ran for a 74-yard touchdown, putting the Saints up 31-17. Cooper must be (secretly) loving this.
1. The Saints were the better team
After the 1st quarter, it looked as if the Colts would win it, but the Saints took over in the 2nd, and controlled the rest of the game. Drew Brees and the offense played almost perfectly. Brees tied a Super Bowl record for the most completions with 32. In the last three minutes of the game, the defense kept the Colts from scoring, which could have set them up for a possible comeback. Not to mention, Hartley made all of his field goals. The Saints came out of their first Super Bowl appearance with the Lombardi trophy, and the city of New Orleans deserved it.
So, New Orleans, previously known as the Ain’ts, have won a championship. This gives hope to the Detroit Lions, right?
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