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Quick thoughts on the Super Bowl

Random thoughts from Super Bowl XLIV:
  • Give Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams some credit. He was masterful with his adjustments. After giving up 10 first-quarter points, the Saints outscored the Colts 31-7.
  • Drew Brees is a logical choice for MVP. I couldn't argue with Tracy Porter being picked, too, after his game-clinching interception. Heck, coach Sean Payton deserved consideration if a coach could get the award. What about Thomas Morstead? He's the kicker who had the best onside kick ever. It doesn't get much better than that.
  • My memory's fuzzy, but I recall Santonio Holmes having a touchdown overturned in last year's AFC Championship Game against the Ravens. He fumbled after diving into the end zone after getting two feet down to make the catch. I'm still not sure how that was ruled incomplete and the Saints' Lance Moore got credited for a catch on the 2-point conversion.
  • That said, Payton made a great call to challenge the catch. 
  • Porter made a great read on Peyton Manning's interception.
  • Anybody up for a Steelers-Saints season opener in September? It could happen.
  • Joseph Addai disappeared after the first quarter.
  • Give Manning credit for talking openly after the game. Some players would pout.
  • The Saints beat quite a quartet at quarterback this season: Tom Brady (regular season), Kurt Warner, Brett Favre and Manning.
  • The onside kick was huge, the interception return for a touchdown was the clincher, but a big play -- or series in this case -- was the three-and-out of the Colts offense by the Saints defense at the end of the first half. The Saints got the ball back and got a field goal at the end of the half. 

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