Against all odds, against all logic and against all prognostications from Those Who Know, The Saints Came Marching Into Victory Tonight. It was a grand sight to behold and truly one of the more enjoyable Super Bowls I have ever watched. I was so happy to see The Saints win. I was overjoyed when they upheld the 2 point conversion and so truly happy when that guy intercepted Mister Brains and ran it all the way back for a touchdown. The Bobble Head White Boyz from Hoosierville are all slinking off with their tails between their legs. All those people in New Orleans and the Whole Deep South are finally getting to celebrate being WINNERS. It's a giant game changer down there. They have never been able to feel this feeling before. They are WINNERS. They sure deserve it. It's awesome. Congratulations Saints--may you march forever to the drumbeat of victory.
(Note added at 7 am Monday: The post mortem coverage of the game is always interesting to read. I am always amazed that some things are actually planned when it simoply looks like chaos on the field.
I loved that interception and here's how it happened:
Early in the drive, Saints veteran outside linebacker Scott Fujita(notes) suggested to Williams that he call a “Ram-1” blitz, which would send all three ‘backers and leave Sharper in “Cover 1” as the lone safety. “If you feel comfortable with our coverage on the back end,” Fujita told him, “Ram could get there.”
With Indy facing a third-and-5 from the New Orleans 31, Williams called the blitz, sending Shanle and middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma(notes) to Manning’s right in an effort to force him to throw left. Sharper stayed in the middle, covering Clark on an inside route while Wayne ran an “in.” Porter, having anticipated Wayne’s move based on film study, jumped in front of the Pro Bowl wideout, made the pick at the 26 and raced into the end zone with the third-longest interception for touchdown in Super Bowl history.
“We sent all three linebackers, and we got it out of his hand,” Williams said. “It was a seven-man pressure, inside-over low pressure. We tried to knock protection back and make him make a quick throw. As soon as they’re lining up, I’m looking at [Porter] to see if he sees what I see, and I’m trying to intercept it before he intercepts it!
“There was a step-by-step process. It’s one of Peyton’s favorites. He’s beaten so many people on that same route. Our guys just believed the pressure would be there. Our guys believed [Wayne] couldn’t turn it up top. If [Manning] held it half a second longer, it would have been an avalanche in the pocket, and he would have been down.”
Instead, defensive end Will Smith, who’d pressured the pass with a strong rush off the outside edge, had the pleasure of knocking a future Hall of Famer to the turf as Porter sped by with the sweetest touchdown run in franchise history. “I saw [Manning’s] face right after he threw it,” Smith said, “and I knew it was an interception. And then it got even better.”
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