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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, February 7, 2010

Super Bowl: Capsule look at Saints vs. Colts

Associated Press

A look at the matchup for the Super Bowl in Miami:

Sunday, Feb. 7


6:25 p.m. EST, CBS
OPENING LINE — Colts by 3
RECORD VS. SPREAD — New Orleans 12-6; Indianapolis 9-9
LAST MEETING — Colts beat Saints, 41-10, Sept. 6, 2007
LAST WEEK — Saints beat Vikings 31-28 in OT for NFC title; Colts beat Jets 30-17 for AFC title
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Last meeting was season opener in 2007, seven months after Colts won Super Bowl. ... All five of Saints’ victories in series were consecutive, in 1986, ’89, ’95, ’98 and 2001. ... Colts have won last two meetings. ... Saints making first trip to Super Bowl in their 43-year history. ... Saints won franchise record 13 games during season. They led NFL with 510 points, ninth most in NFL history. ... QB Drew Brees set NFL record with 70.62 completion percentage and topped league with career-high and franchise-record 109.6 rating. Brees had 4,388 yards passing, his fourth consecutive 4,000-yard season. In NFC title game, he threw for three TDs, giving him six in postseason. He has not been intercepted in playoffs. ... RB Pierre Thomas had 99 total yards and two touchdowns vs. Vikings. He led team with 793 yards rushing, had 302 receiving and scored eight times during season. ... RB Reggie Bush had huge game in playoff win over Arizona with 83-yard punt return TD, 84 yards rushing on just five carries, with a TD, and four receptions. Bush became second player in postseason history with touchdown rushing and on punt runback in same game, tying Hall of Famer Charley Trippi. He also scored once on reception vs. Minnesota, but muffed a punt. ... All-Pro S Darren Sharper tied for league lead with nine INTs. Sharper set NFL record for most interception return yards in a season with 376 and had three TDs. ... DE Will Smith had 13 sacks, second in NFC, but has none in postseason. ... Six Saints have been to Super Bowl, although TEs Jeremy Shockey and David Thomas were on injured reserve when their teams got there. Those who were active: CB Randall Gay (Patriots), FB Kyle Eckel (Patriots), Sharper (Green Bay) and LS Jason Kyle (Carolina). ... Saints have two starters who went to University of Miami: MLB Jonathan Vilma and Shockey. ... Colts beat Bears 29-17 to win championship in February 2007 in Miami, the only Super Bowl played in rain. ... Franchise won Super Bowl representing Baltimore in January 1971, beating Dallas, and lost to Jets in January 1969, both also in Miami. ... Peyton Manning, the league’s only four-time Most Valuable Player, is trying to become first reigning MVP to win Super Bowl since Kurt Warner in 1999. ... Manning set NFL record for 300-yard playoff games with his seventh in last week’s win over Jets. Manning finished 26 of 39 for 377 yards to surpass Warner and Joe Montana. He’s No. 3 in postseason completions. ... Dallas Clark needs 74 yards receiving to pass Brent Jones (740), Shannon Sharpe (814) and Keith Jackson (834) for most by a tight end in postseason history. ... Jim Caldwell is fifth rookie coach to make Super Bowl. San Francisco’s George Seifert and Don McCafferty of Baltimore Colts are only rookie coaches to win Super Bowl. ... Indy allowed league-low 13 sacks in 2009, but has given up four in postseason. ... Colts ranked 24th against the rush during season, but have allowed only 173 yards in two playoffs. However, they’ve rushed for just 143. ... DE Dwight Freeney, who had 13› sacks this season, has ligament damage in right ankle, but hopes to play. ... 25 current Colts played in Super Bowl vs. Bears. Two other players who joined the Colts this year have previous experience: PK Matt Stover with Ravens in 2001 game, and DB Aaron Francisco last year with Arizona. ... Only Colt who played for Miami Hurricanes is WR Reggie Wayne. But he grew up in New Orleans, as did Manning.