Who won the Super Bowl in 2010? With so many professional sports teams vying for fan attention, it’s sometimes difficult to remember the winner of a particular Super Bowl, unless the team that won was a first-time champion and a public favorite. When this happens, the team is more memorable. Such is the case with the New Orleans Saints, who defeated the Indianapolis Colts to win Super Bowl XLIV.
The Saints’ road to the 2010 Super Bowl was paved with thirteen consecutive wins dating back to the beginning of the season, their only losses coming during the last three games. Heading into the playoffs, the Saints weren’t just first in the NFC South Division, but tops in the NFL for number of points scored, number of total yards and number of touchdowns. They increased their standings by handily beating the Arizona Cardinals in the Division Championship and the Minnesota Vikings in the Conference Championship for a slot in Super Bowl XLIV.
The Saints headed to Miami’s Sun Life Stadium to confront Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts. Though the Saints win-loss record was impressive, the Colts bettered it with a 14-2 record; both defeats were at the end of the regular season. However, the team’s overall stats didn’t match up to those of the Saints, as they ranked near the bottom of the top ten in total points and total yards. Where they did end up number one was the total of fumbles.
The Colts seemed to have control of the 2010 Super Bowl right from the start. With an opening drive resulting in a field goal and a subsequent 96-yard drive for a touchdown, the Colts were up 10-0 by the end of the first quarter. Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees attempted to get ahead in the second quarter, but only managed to get far enough to complete two field goals. At halftime, the Colts still led the 2010 Super Bowl 10-6.
The second half of the 2010 Super Bowl began with an onside kick by the Saints in the third quarter, resulting in a 58-yard drive and a touchdown. For the first time in Super Bowl XLIV the Saints led 13-10. However, Manning and the Colts were able to grab a touchdown in their next possession, returning the lead to them. The Saints got within one point of the Colts by the end of the third quarter with a 47-yard field goal.
The Saints exploded in the fourth quarter. After a failed field goal attempt by the Colts, Brees connected with seven different players on a 41-yard touchdown run. Deciding to go for a two-point conversion rather than an extra point, the Saints moved ahead 24-17. In the Colts’ next possession, Saints’ cornerback Tracy Porter intercepted a pass by Manning, resulting in a 74-yard touchdown return. With only three minutes remaining in the game, the Saints were now up 31-17.
Though Manning was able to drive the Colts down to the Saints’ three-yard line for a potential touchdown, the team faltered when an offensive pass interference call sent them back ten yards with a first down. The next three plays sealed the Colts’ defeat as they encountered a tipped pass, a loss of yardage and a missed pass by wide receiver Reggie Wayne.
The Saints’ Super Bowl 2010 victory was the first in the team’s 35-year history as an NFL franchise, making them the fourth team to appear in only one Super Bowl. Drew Brees was presented with the game’s MVP award for completing 32 of 39 passes for nearly 300 yards.