Tracy Porter could see the look on Peyton's face

Saints cornerback Tracy Porter made one of the key plays of Super Bowl XLIV when he intercepted Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and returned it for a touchdown. Today on The Dan Patrick Show, Porter described what he saw on Manning’s face when Manning realized he had thrown the interception.

“I could see a little expression on his face that he was pretty upset,” Porter said. “He was upset that he threw it. He was trying to come in hot pursuit of me but Will Smith got a great block on Peyton and allowed me to cut back. Once I got past Peyton there was no looking back.”

After the game Porter attributed the interception to “great film study,” and this morning he described exactly what he saw on the play.

“We went to man-to-man coverage, and the formation that the Colts came out in is one that we’ve been studying the majority of the week,” Porter said. “With the inverted split end, Collie we knew was going to motion down and they were going to run a stick route. The point guy, Reggie Wayne, was in the slot, and he was going to try to wide the part and out-leverage the corner and cut back across his face.

“Once I saw Collie motion in, I was like, ‘OK, here comes the stick route,’ and once I saw him try to wide the part, I just stepped inside and when he went to make the break to come back in I was already in front of him and I picked the ball off.”

Ultimately, Porter said, he admires Manning, but is happy to be a big reason that “Peyton doesn’t have his second Super Bowl — we’re the Super Bowl champs.”

31 responses to “Tracy Porter could see the look on Peyton's face

  1. so this day will be filled with quotes from saints players? got it. I’ll be back in 2 weeks.

  2. LMAO!!! Florio pulled his article about the 2pt play being a bad call. He must have realized how nuch it made him look like an idiot. Over 150 comments about him interpreting the rules his own way as he whines about the officials.
    The play had no bearing on the outcome of the game and was clearly the CORRECT CALL.
    Florio is just mad that the game didn’t go to overtime so he could climb on his soapbox again.

  3. Will Smith did get a great block. Right between the one and the eight and right below the word Manning. He planted Peyton right on his face. Good no call by the officials? Woudn’t have mattered, Colts couldn’t stop the Saints.
    Kudos to the Saints for a game well played. Their D held the Colts in check the entire second half and exposed the Colts D.

  4. Colts fan here…
    99% of the time that’s a first down… Porter did his homework this time and anticipated the pass perfectly.
    Kudos to him and all the Saints.

  5. Last week nobody listened to me when I said over and over and over…..
    “The Saints Are Gonna Shock The World”
    Believe Dat!

  6. JoeyJoeJoeJr.Shabadoooo says:
    February 8, 2010 10:50 AM
    so this day will be filled with quotes from saints players? got it. I’ll be back in 2 weeks.
    ———————————————-
    Joy Jo-Jo!!!

  7. So why isn’t the media and all you other folks calling Manning a choker?
    If Favre threw that ball, guess what we would be hearing today?
    “Another Favre moment. What an idiot Favre is, duh, gollie gee tennessee, Favre sure is a stupid quarterback. He chokes again”
    Not a peep about Manning sucking, or choking.

  8. On side kick to start the second half? When was the last time you saw that in a SB? Forget everything else…Maybe…just maybe…the Colts were outcoached! GO SAINTS…

  9. Well “purpleman”, if Manning does that same play in 3 more big games, then he will take the choke title from Favre. Until then, you know the history and you know exactly why people call Favre a choker. Favre is a great QB, with a well documented history of making bad throws in key moments. This is not hate. This is fact.
    I am however, happy that Manning chose last night to do his best Brett impression. Made life a little easier for my Saints!!

  10. I’ll make some peeps about Manning choking…..
    Nobody was more over rated this year in the NFL than Peyton was.
    BREES was the MVP of the league! FAR better statistics!!!!!!
    Mannings boys didn’t help him out as much lastnight like they did all year round. Wayne and Garcon both let him down….finally.
    MANNING SUCKS!!!!!!!!! Just as big a mistake as Favre’s two weeks ago….Only difference….Mannings mistake ABSOLUTELY lead to the loss for the Colts

  11. The “look on his face” was probably just as funny as the over the top “I am so GD focused on winning this game that I might shit myself right now” look he had on his face entering the stadium…..

  12. “ADX says:
    February 8, 2010 11:18 AM
    great block?
    illegal block in the back”
    LMAO, the Colts dont get those cheesy calls when they are not playing in Polianville. He was given a little push, not an illegal block in the back. I was watching closely hoping he would slam Payton like he should have.

  13. “So why isn’t the media and all you other folks calling Manning a choker?
    If Favre threw that ball, guess what we would be hearing today?
    “Another Favre moment. What an idiot Favre is, duh, gollie gee tennessee, Favre sure is a stupid quarterback. He chokes again”
    Not a peep about Manning sucking, or choking.”
    There’s no talk about Manning making a poor decision because Manning doesn’t hold the NFL record for most INTs. Manning doesn’t have a history of heaving up ridiculous prayer passes, either.

  14. No pass interference call no holding call the refrees read their script from the comis and followed just like the NBA Offricials determine out come of big games
    BRING on the STRIKE

  15. Archie sheet his pants when he saw Peytons pass land in Porters hand and Peyton watching from behind while on his butt as he cruised into the end zone…………………
    -Eli from NYC

  16. “ADX says:
    February 8, 2010 11:18 AM
    great block?
    illegal block in the back”

    Wouldn’t have affected the outcome of the game. If anything the fact that it was returned for a TD gave Indy a legit shot to win. Block in the back is a spot foul, so the ball would’ve been marched back but New Orleans would’ve kept possession. Unless Indy stops the Saints from getting a first down, the game is still over and the only difference is the score.
    “purpleman527 says:
    February 8, 2010 12:00 PM
    So why isn’t the media and all you other folks calling Manning a choker?
    If Favre threw that ball, guess what we would be hearing today?
    “Another Favre moment. What an idiot Favre is, duh, gollie gee tennessee, Favre sure is a stupid quarterback. He chokes again”
    Not a peep about Manning sucking, or choking.”

    Totally different scenarios. Favre’s pick came with the Vikes tied and within range for a long field goal try even with an incompletion. Favre didn’t have to do anything other than fall on the ball. Worst case scenario is Longwell misses and still goes to OT, best case is they win it in regulation.
    Peyton was DOWN and absolutely had to make a play or the Colts lose. Brett snagged defeat from the jaws of victory while Peyton just got beat by a DB who did his homework.

  17. The New Orleans Saints Are Super Bowl Champions
    Now that I have written that, I am anticipating a great deal of class from Colts fans on this blog and others. They have a great team and won a Super Bowl three years ago and will be back in the game.
    The crowd was very much in favor of the Saints and this was not a corporate front runner crowd, this was a crowd predominately made up of real football fans, both Saints and Colts. What a great sporting event. I was glad I was there and this was my third Super Bowl, but my first where “my team” played in the game and won the Super Bowl.
    Go Saints!!!!!!!
    Who Dat?
    Nobody!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The New Orleans Saints are Super Bowl Champions

  18. “ADX says:
    February 8, 2010 11:18 AM
    great block?
    illegal block in the back”
    I was watching the whole time…Peyton turned when he realized Will Smith was going to pancake him and Will pulled up…that could have been a worse situation.

  19. Simmons tweeted that the Manning face was back. It has been confirmed by Porter that Peyton was displaying the infamous Manning face when he ran past him.

  20. # JoeyJoeJoeJr.Shabadoooo says: February 8, 2010 10:50 AM
    so this day will be filled with quotes from saints players? got it. I’ll be back in 2 weeks.
    why come back in two weeks? We don’t care if you ever come back! Please by all means, go whine somewhere else and let Saints fans enjoy the victory. Your team lost! Whoever you cheer for, are losers this year! Yay JoeyJoeJoe’s a loser!!! hahaha

  21. Great film study? Bull. He’s trying to make himself sound like a genius when all did was pick off a bad pass. Manning threw it to his receiver’s inside shoulder, between him and Porter. If he’d thrown it where he should have, to his outside, side-line shoulder, there would’ve been no pick. It would have been a good gain.
    I’d have been shocked if he hadn’t made the pick. Same with the pick on Favre. Porter was Mr. Right-Place-Right-Time on both. Film study got nothing to do with two bad throws.

  22. You know why Peyton get’s an easier pass on this than Favre would, because the only record Favre owns that Manning won’t break is the interception record.

  23. # schooney says: February 8, 2010 12:50 PM
    No pass interference call no holding call the refrees read their script from the comis and followed just like the NBA Offricials determine out come of big games
    BRING on the STRIKE
    The crack pipe…put it down, back away and noone will get hurt.
    Are you trying to say there should have been pass interference on the INT??? What about the play where they tried to take Shockey’s helmet off of his head with the chin strap still firmly fastened. Didn’t see that one, did you????

  24. Maybe the Favre lover missed it, but Deion brought up “choking” with regards to Manning in the post-game show. Michael Irvin lightly scolded him for it.
    But, this wasn’t a choke. The overall timing of the play did look a little off. But, in the end, Porter saw the play develop and knew exactly where to be. If the timing of the play had been perfect, it likely would have still been broken up. Porter was all over it.

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