In the days before the Saints recent win in Super Bowl XLIV, I ranked all the Super Bowls from worst to first. Well, the Saints beat the Colts in Miami on the 7th of February and since then, I have contemplated where the game ranks in my countdown. I wanted the emotion of the Saints story and the immediate “wow factor” to subside before deciding on its rightful place in the countdown.
It was a tremendous game. But it doesn’t rank in my top 5. The Giants over the Bills (No.5) and the Rams winning by a yard of Tennessee (No. 4) were better. So were my top 3 where Pittsburgh defeated Arizona (No.3), the Giants upset of unbeaten New England (No.2) and the Patriots edging Carolina as my top game.
It does belong in my second 5 though. Probably below the last second wins by the Niners against the Bengals, Patriots over the Rams and Elway’s Broncos upset of Favre’s Packers, but in front of two Steelers wins against the Cowboys in Super Bowl X and Rams in XIV. So that settles the latest Super Bowl in as the 9th best of all-time.
The game was pulsating. The Colts jumped to the early 10-0 lead and looked as though they might runaway and hide from New Orleans. The Saints sandwiched two FGs before the half around a stellar goal line stand by the Colts. The second half started with the signature play of the game, the surprise on-side kick recovered by the Saints. Marching for a go-ahead score after recovering, New Orleans surrendered the lead right away when Joseph Addai capped a Colts TD drive. Another FG set up the final quarter with the Colts up 17-16.
Matt Stover missed a long FG that would have put Indy up four midway through the fourth. The Saints pounced, scoring and getting the 2-pointer to go up 7. They had to hold Peyton Manning and the Colts as the clock wound down. A third-down throw to Reggie Wayne at the Saints 26 was picked and returned for the knockout punch in a 31-17 Saints Super Bowl win….their first. The new 9th best Super Bowl ever.
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