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2010 ‐ Super Bowl XLIV ‐ New Orleans Saints vs Indianapolis Colts

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New Orleans Saints 31
Indianapolis Colts 17

February 7, 2010

Super Bowl XLIV was at Sun Life Stadium. The AFC champion Colts (16-3) faced the NFC champion Saints (16-3). The CBS broadcast was viewed by a record 153.4 million.

The Saints appeared in their first Super Bowl, while the Colts were in their second championship in four years. The game was the first since XXVIII when the number one seeds of both conferences reached the Super Bowl.

After the Saints went three-and-out on their opening possession, the Colts marched 53 yards and Matt Stover kicked a 38-yard field goal. At 42, Stover became the oldest player in a Super Bowl.

After both teams exchanged punts, Indianapolis went on a record-tying 96-yard drive. Peyton Manning threw a 19-yard touchdown pass for a 10-0 lead.

New Orleans added two field goals in the second quarter to trail 10-6 at halftime.

When the second half opened, the Saints executed an onside kick and recovered it at their 42. Drew Brees orchestrated a 58-yard drive and threw a 16-yard touchdown pass for a 13-10 lead.

The Colts responded with a 76-yard touchdown drive to go back ahead 17-13.

New Orleans responded with a 47-yard field goal.

In the fourth quarter, New Orleans got the ball on their 41 after Stover missed a 51-yard field goal. Brees led the Saints on another touchdown drive. New Orleans attempted a two-point conversion that was initially ruled incomplete as the ball was kicked away, but was upheld upon review to give the Saints a 24-17 lead.

Indianapolis drove into Saints territory, but Tracy Porter intercepted a pass at New Orleans’ 26 and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown to make the lead 31-17 with 3:12 left.

Indianapolis reached New Orleans’ 3, but failed to enter the end zone as time expired.

Brees was Super Bowl XLIV’s MVP, throwing 32 of 39 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns. New Orleans became the fourth team to win in their only appearance.

Around the World on February 7:

  • Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ordered his atomic energy agency to enrich its uranium stockpile, defying Western efforts to halt Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

Around the NFL in 2010:

  • January 31 – For the first time, the Pro Bowl was played in the Super Bowl city the week before the Super Bowl, as the AFC beat the NFC 41-34.
  • March 16 – Dr. Hunt Batjer and Dr. Richard G. Ellenbogen became co-chairs of the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Medical Committee.
  • March 23 – Postseason overtime rules were modified to guarantee at least one possession for each team if the receiving team failed to score on its first overtime possession.
  • March 24 – The NFL established a neurological care program for retired players and adopted expanded rules for additional player safety.
  • April 22-24 – The NFL Draft debuted a three-day format with the first two days aired in primetime to a record 45.4 million viewers.
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