The Saints went 13-3 via a formula of high-octane, pass-heavy offense and creating turnovers in critical situations.
They won Super Bowl XLIV in the same fashion.
After a slow start, quarterback Drew Brees was near perfect. He completed 32-of-39 passes for 288 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions and was named M.V.P. of the game.
Pierre Thomas and Jeremy Shockey scored New Orleans’ offensive touchdowns. Cornerback Tracy Porter had the game-clinching pick six.
There was some silver lining for Colts tight end Dallas Clark. He is now the postseason record holder for catches (64) and yards (847) by a tight end.
The Colts did not score a single point after their first possession of the third quarter. Peyton Manning had 333 passing yards and completed 31-of-45 throws, but threw the interception and consistently struggled in the red zone.
At least he’s got a big raise to look forward to.