The New Orleans Saints are a good story.
The Indianapolis Colts are the better team.
Super Bowl XLIV could turn out to be one of the best ever if both offenses play up to their abilities.
The Saints carry the hopes and dreams of fans in the city still trying to recover from Hurricane Katrina. Not only have they been a source of inspiration with their play on the field, but they have given their time and money off it to help New Orleans. A victory on Sunday would touch off celebrations that will last a week or more.
Unfortunately for the Saints, they are matched up against a team that can match them offensively and has the edge defensively. Plus, the Colts have the experience of playing in and winning the Super Bowl just three years ago. However, karma may be an issue for Indianapolis, as fans remain angry about the team’s failure to play for a perfect season by pulling their starters in Week 16.
The scoreboard will be hard pressed to keep up with the offenses. Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie will score points in bunches, no matter the blitzes Gregg Williams dials up. Drew Brees, Marques Colston, Robert Meacham, Devery Henderson, Pierre Thomas and Mike Bell will do the same, regardless of whether Dwight Freeney plays or not.
Though my heart lies with the Saints, my head says the Colts. Too bad they won’t become the first team to ever finish 19-0.
Indianapolis 38, New Orleans 34
THERE IT IS!