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Super Bowl XLIV
Super Bowl XLIV logo
1 2 3 4 Total
NO 0 6 10 15 31
IND 10 0 7 0 17
Date February 7, 2010
Stadium Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
MVP Drew Brees, Quarterback [1]
Favorite Colts by 4[2]
National anthem Carrie Underwood[3]
Coin toss Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2010
(led by Emmitt Smith)
Referee Scott Green
Halftime show The Who
Attendance 74,059
TV in the United States
Network CBS
Announcers Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
Nielsen ratings 45.0 (national)[4]
56.3 (New Orleans)
54.2 (Indianapolis)
US viewership: 106.5 million est. avg., 153.4 million est. total (most-watched program in US TV history)[5]
Market share 68 (national)
82 (New Orleans)
80 (Indianapolis)
Cost of 30-second commercial US≈ $2.5 – $2.8 million [6]
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Super Bowl XLIV was an American football game between the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Indianapolis Colts and the National Football Conference (NFC) champion New Orleans Saints to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 2009 season. The Saints defeated the Colts by a score of 31–17, earning their first Super Bowl win. New Orlean's quarterback Drew Brees, who completed 32 of 39 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns, was named the Super Bowl MVP.[7] His 32 completions tied a Super Bowl record set by Tom Brady in Super Bowl XXXVIII. With the victory, the Saints became the fourth team to win in their only Super Bowl appearance after the New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The game was played at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on February 7, 2010, the latest calendar date for a Super Bowl yet. The game was the Saints' first Super Bowl appearance and the fourth for the Colts franchise. All four of the Colts' Super Bowl games have been played in Miami, with their first two games in the former Miami Orange Bowl and the last two in the current Miami stadium (which has changed names several times since its opening, most recently in January 2010).

The Saints entered the game with a 13–3 record for the 2009 regular season, compared to the Colts' 14–2 record. In the playoff games, both teams placed first in their respective conferences. It was the first time since Super Bowl XXVIII (16 years previously) that both number one seeds have reached the Super Bowl. The Colts entered the Super Bowl off of 20–3 and 30–17 victories (over the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets, respectively), while the Saints advanced with scores of 45–14 and 31–28 (in overtime), defeating last year's runners up the Arizona Cardinals in their first game and the Minnesota Vikings in the second. The Pittsburgh Steelers, as defending champions, failed to make the playoffs based on tiebreakers. The Saints' head coach was Sean Payton, having joined from the Dallas Cowboys in 2006, while opposing head coach Jim Caldwell was appointed the Colts' head coach in 2009, having joined them in 2002 as assistant head coach.

It was the tenth time the Super Bowl has been held in Miami at the home stadium of the Miami Dolphins: the now-Sun Life Stadium had hosted four previous Super Bowls (XXIII, XXIX, XXXIII, and XLI) and five were played in the Dolphins' now demolished former home, the Miami Orange Bowl (II, III, V, X, XIII). The game was broadcast live on CBS, with the National Anthem sung by Carrie Underwood and the halftime show that featured the British rock band The Who.

Per convention as an even numbered Super Bowl, the Colts, as the AFC representatives, had the home team designation, wearing blue jerseys with white pants, while the Saints (who wore their white jerseys in several home games this year) wore white jerseys with gold pants.[8] The Saints' victory extended the white jersey winning streak to six, dating back to Super Bowl XXXIX, while the Colts dropped to 0–2 all-time wearing their blue jerseys, the other loss being their loss to the New York Jets in Super Bowl III.




Host selection process

Sun Life Stadium, the venue of Super Bowl XLIV

The league initially voted on March 23, 2005, that New York City host the game, contingent on the completion of the proposed West Side Stadium being built for the New York Jets by 2008.[9] After New York state government officials declined to approve $400 million for the stadium, the NFL decided to reopen the bidding for the game's site.[10] The league reconsidered the other, unsuccessful candidates for Super Bowl XLIII: Atlanta, Houston, and Miami. On October 6, 2008, the league selected Miami as the host city.

With Tampa as the host of Super Bowl XLIII, Super Bowl XLIV marked the third time that consecutive Super Bowls have been played in the same state. Super Bowls II and III were both played at the Orange Bowl. Super Bowls XXI and XXII were both played in California: XXI at Pasadena's Rose Bowl Stadium and XXII at San Diego's Jack Murphy Stadium.

Miami became the first city to host two Super Bowls designated as a National Special Security Event (NSSE). In the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, every Super Bowl since Super Bowl XXXVI has been designated as an NSSE. Super Bowl XLI was Miami's first Super Bowl designated as an NSSE.

Pro Bowl changes

The 2010 Pro Bowl was played on January 31, during the off-week between the conference championships and the Super Bowl, breaking with the precedent of scheduling the game for the Sunday after the Super Bowl. The game also changed venues from Aloha Stadium in ʻAiea, Hawaii, where it had been held since 1979, to Sun Life Stadium in Miami (the same city and stadium hosting the Super Bowl itself). A total of 14 players from the Super Bowl participants – seven each from the Colts and the Saints – did not play in the Pro Bowl. The new schedule took advantage of the bye week given to the conference champions to rest and prepare for the Super Bowl. The NFL has indicated this may not be a permanent transition, and has discussed a possible rotating location for the Pro Bowl in the future. The game will return to Hawaii in 2011 and 2012, however.

The move also meant that the Pro Bowl, which was won by the AFC by a score of 41–34, would avoid competing against the 2010 NBA All-Star Game, the second full day of competition in the 2010 Winter Olympics, and the 52nd running of the Daytona 500, as would have been the case had the game been played on February 14 per its traditional post-Super Bowl scheduling.


New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints finished the season with an NFC best 13–3 record and went on to advance to the first Super Bowl in their 43 years as an NFL team. After joining the NFL in 1967, it took them 21 years to record their first winning season and another 13 years after that to win their first playoff game. Five years later, the New Orleans area suffered another setback when the Louisiana Superdome was devastated with the rest of the city by Hurricane Katrina, forcing them to play all of their home games in 2005 elsewhere as they finished with a 3–13 record (see Effect of Hurricane Katrina on the New Orleans Saints). But in the offseason, the team's fortunes began to turn. First, they signed pro bowl quarterback Drew Brees, who would go on to throw for more passing yards than any other quarterback over the next four seasons. They also drafted multi-talented Heisman Trophy winning running back Reggie Bush and receiver Marques Colston, two players who would become major contributors on the Saints' offense. The following season, New Orleans improved to 10–6 and advanced to the NFC title game for the first time, which they lost to the Chicago Bears. Although they failed to make the playoffs over the next two seasons, they continued to sign new talent, and by 2009 they were ready to make another run at the Super Bowl.

The Saints' offense led the NFL in scoring, averaging just under 32 points per game. Brees finished the season as the NFL's top rated quarterback (109.6), completing an NFL-record 70.6% of his passes for 4,338 yards and 34 touchdowns, with just 11 interceptions. His top target was Colston, who caught 70 passes for 1,074 yards and 9 touchdowns, but he had plenty of other weapons, such as receivers Devery Henderson (51 receptions) and Robert Meachem (45), along with tight ends Jeremy Shockey (48) and Dave Thomas (35). The ground attack was led by running backs Pierre Thomas and Mike Bell. Thomas rushed for 793 yards and caught 39 passes for 302, while Bell added 654 yards on the ground. Bush was also a major contributor, rushing for 390 yards (with a 5.6 yards per carry average), catching 47 passes for 335 yards, and adding another 130 yards returning punts. New Orleans also had a strong offensive line with three Pro Bowl selections: guard Jahri Evans, center Jonathan Goodwin, and tackle Jon Stinchcomb

Pro Bowl defensive lineman Will Smith led the team in sacks with 13. Another big weapon on defense was linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who led the team with 87 tackles and intercepted three passes. The Saints' secondary was led by 12-year veteran safety Darren Sharper, who recorded 9 interceptions and set an NFL record by returning them for 376 yards and three touchdowns. Cornerback Tracy Porter was also effective, recording 49 tackles and 4 picks with one touchdown.

Like the Colts, the Saints also started out the season strong, winning their first 13 games. But then they became the first 13–0 team ever to lose their last three games of the year. After losing their next game to the Dallas Cowboys 24–17, they suffered a narrow loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in overtime after Garrett Hartley missed a potential game winning field goal, and then closed out the season with a 23–10 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Still, they clinched the #1 NFC playoff seed and scored 76 points in their two playoff wins en route to their first ever Super Bowl.

Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis stormed to an NFL best 14–2 record, winning seven games by less than a touchdown [11], on their way to earning their second Super Bowl appearance in the last four years. Once again, the Colts boasted a powerful offense led by 10-time Pro Bowl quarterback Peyton Manning, who threw for 4,500 yards and 33 touchdowns during the season, with only 16 interceptions, earning him a 99.9 passer rating and a league record fourth National Football League Most Valuable Player Award. Under the protection of pro bowl center Jeff Saturday and the rest of the line, Manning had been sacked just 13 times during the regular season, the fewest in the NFL. His top targets were veteran receiver Reggie Wayne and tight end Dallas Clark, who both recorded 100 receptions and 10 touchdowns. Wayne led the team with 1,260 yards, while Clark was second with 1,106. Manning also had other reliable targets, such as recently acquired receivers Austin Collie (60 receptions for 676 yards and 7 touchdowns) and Pierre Garçon (47 receptions for 765 yards and 4 touchdowns). Running back Joseph Addai led the Colts' ground game with 821 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns, while also catching 51 passes for another 336 yards and 3 scores.

Indianapolis's defensive line was led by Pro Bowl defensive ends Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney. Freeney led the team with 13.5 sacks, while Mathis added 9.5 sacks and forced 5 fumbles. Behind them, the Colts had a solid corps of linebackers featuring Clint Session and Gary Brackett, who each recorded 80 tackles. Pro bowl safety Antoine Bethea led the secondary with 70 tackles and four interceptions.

Under their new coach Jim Caldwell, the Colts started off the season with 14 consecutive wins before suffering their first loss to the New York Jets, 29–15, a game in which Caldwell made the controversial decision to rest his starters after the team took a slim lead rather than keep them in to play for a chance at a 16–0 season. Indianapolis finished the season at 14–2 following a loss to the Buffalo Bills, in which they rested their starters and went on to advance to the Super Bowl, making them perfect in all their games in which their starters played all four quarters.

Caldwell led the Colts to the Super Bowl the season after Tony Dungy retired, just like in Tampa Bay when Jon Gruden led the Bucs to Super Bowl XXXVII after Dungy was fired. Senior offensive line coach Howard Mudd retired following the game.[12]


Indianapolis's first opponent was the Baltimore Ravens, a 9–7 squad that had advanced to the divisional round by blowing out the New England Patriots 33–14, forcing four turnovers from their all-pro quarterback Tom Brady. Against the Colts however, all they could manage was a field goal on their opening drive. Indianapolis built up a 17–3 first half lead with a Matt Stover field goal and Manning's touchdown passes to Wayne and Collie. In the second half, the Colts survived two interceptions from Baltimore safety Ed Reed on one drive, one of which Reed fumbled, and the other which was called back by a penalty. Stover, who spent 18 years with the Modell franchise, finished the drive with his second field goal to make final score 20–3, as their defense put the game away by forcing two consecutive turnovers.

Their next opponent was the Jets, who had made the playoffs in part due to Caldwell's decision to bench his starters in their Week 16 meeting. This time, the Colts would have to mount a comeback, as New York built up a 17–6 first half lead. Yet Indianapolis would step up to the challenge, scoring 24 unanswered points. First, Manning completed three passes to Collie for 80 yards, the last one a 16-yard touchdown completion to cut the score to 17–13 at the end of the half. Manning added two more touchdown passes in the second half, one to Garçon and one to Clark, and Stover added a 21-yard field goal to close out the scoring. Manning finished the game with 377 passing yards and three touchdowns, while Garçon and Collie had over 100 receiving yards each.

Meanwhile, New Orleans started off their playoff run with a dominating 45–14 win over the defending NFC champion Arizona Cardinals. Arizona was coming off a 51–45 overtime win over the Green Bay Packers in which they racked up 531 yards against a defense ranked second in the league in total yards allowed. However, although Arizona scored on their first play of the game, New Orleans dominated the Cardinals with 35 points in the first half. First, Lynell Hamilton scored on a 1-yard run. Then, Sharper recovered a fumble from Arizona, setting up Brees' touchdown pass to Shockey. Following a punt, Bush scored on a franchise playoff record 46-yard run. In the second quarter, Brees added two more touchdown passes, one to Henderson on a flea flicker and the other to Colston that was set up by a Will Smith interception, giving them a 35–14 first half lead before added 10 more points in the second half on a Hartley field goal and Bush's 83-yard punt return. Bush racked up 217 all-purpose yards, while Brees threw for 247 yards and three touchdowns.

Their opponent in the NFC championship game was the Minnesota Vikings, led by 11-time pro bowl quarterback Brett Favre, who had thrown four touchdown passes in their divisional round win over the Dallas Cowboys. Even though the Saints' offense could only muster 257 total yards, their defense made up for it by forcing five turnovers. The key play of the game occurred late in the fourth quarter with the score tied 28–28 and the Vikings driving for a potential game-winning field goal. With less than a minute left, they reached the Saints 33-yard line. But after two runs for no gain and a penalty that pushed them back to the 38, Porter picked off a pass from Favre to send the game into overtime. After New Orleans won the coin toss, Pierre Thomas' 40-yard kickoff return set up a 10-play, 39-yard drive that ended with a game winning 40-yard field goal by Hartley, sending the Saints to their first ever Super Bowl.

This is the first Super Bowl matchup in which both teams had a first-round bye since Super Bowl XXXIX. All four of the Super Bowls in between had one team that played all three rounds (two of which were wild-card teams), with three of those teams (including the Colts in Super Bowl XLI) winning it all.



United States

The game was televised live in the United States on CBS, capping the network's 50th season of NFL coverage (1956–93; 1998–present). This was the 17th Super Bowl telecast for CBS, the largest total among the "big four" US television networks. CBS also broadcast the most recent Super Bowl held in South Florida (XLI). Play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz and color commentator Phil Simms were in the broadcast booth, with Steve Tasker and Solomon Wilcots serving as sideline reporters. The game was preceded by The Super Bowl Today, a four-hour pregame show that was hosted by James Brown and started at 2 pm US EST. A kickoff show for the game aired from 6 pm US EST to 6:28 pm US EST.

With an average US audience of 106.5 million viewers, this was the most-watched Super Bowl ever as well as the most-watched program of any kind in American television history, beating the 27-year-long record previously held by the final episode of M*A*S*H, "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen", watched by 105.97 million viewers.[13] An estimated 153.4 million total viewers watched all or part of the game.[14] The game drew a national Nielsen rating of 45.0 with a 68 share, the highest for a Super Bowl since Super Bowl XXX in 1996 (46.0/68). The telecast drew a 56.3 rating in New Orleans and a 54.2 rating in Indianapolis, first and fourth respectively among local markets.[5]


Notable returnees and absences

Perennial Super Bowl advertisers Anheuser–Busch InBev and CareerBuilder stated their commitment to advertise in Super Bowl XLIV, showing eight and two different spots during the game, respectively. A 30-second spot cost US $2.8 million[citation needed] with several advertisers getting discounts, down from last year's $3 million.[citation needed] All advertising slots were sold out on February 1, 2010, six days before the game.[15] Pepsi-Cola had previously stated their commitment to advertise, but then said they would not be buying any commercial time, marking the first time in 23 years that Pepsi did not run an ad during the Super Bowl itself. FedEx also stated that they would not buy ad time.[16] Both Pepsi and FedEx are official NFL sponsors. Coca-Cola and Dr Pepper Snapple Group capitalized on Pepsi's absence by buying ads in the game; Dr Pepper's ad featured KISS performing "Calling Dr. Love," while one of Coca-Cola's three ads featured Montgomery Burns (of The Simpsons) losing everything he owns. Also for the second straight year, two of the Big Three American automobile makers – General Motors and Ford – did not have a commercial in the game. Chrysler's Dodge brand did advertise this year for its Dodge Charger.

What aired

Frito-Lay's Doritos brand, in turn owned by PepsiCo, had four consumer-created advertisements scheduled. The first three ads – running in the first quarter – featured a sly dog using an anti-bark collar to his advantage to steal a man's Doritos, a fast-handed boy defending his Doritos and his mother from a potential suitor, and a man faking his death for free Doritos. The fourth ad, featuring an angry gym rat who was overprotective for his Doritos being stolen, aired in the fourth quarter. Had three of the ads topped the USA Today Super Bowl Ad Meter rankings, the commercial's creators would have won a total of US $5 million ($1 million for first, $600,000 for second and $400,000 for third, plus a $1 million bonus for each of the three finalists). The previous year, Joe and David Herbert's "Free Doritos" ad topped the survey and won $1 million.[17] The United States Census Bureau spent $2.5 million on a 30-second spot, directed by noted independent filmmaker Christopher Guest[18], for the 2010 United States Census, which urged Americans to answer its questionnaires that will be sent out in the next few weeks.[19] Mars Chocolate returned three years after its controversial Snickers ad that was protested by gay groups with two men kissing one another that was pulled one day following the game (see Super Bowl XLI: Commercials). The commercial – winner of the annual Ad Meter survey – featured veteran actors Betty White and Abe Vigoda playing full-contact backyard football.[20]

The rest of the Top Five:

2. The aforementioned Doritos' amateur ad featuring a dog strapped to a anti-bark collar getting revenge on a teasing man.
3. A Bud Light ad with a house completely made of beer cans of the sponsor's product.
4. A Budweiser ad featuring the relationship between a Clydesdale and a Longhorn steer.
5. Coca Cola's man walking through an African savanna in the middle of the night.

The YouTube Top Five of their "2010 Ad Blitz" were:

  1. Another Doritos ad that showed a kid slapping his mom's suitor.
  2. Etrade's baby with his girlfriend.
  3. The Doritos dog collar ad.
  4. The Snickers Betty White/Abe Vigoda ad.
  5. The Doritos commercial with the gym rat.

Internet domain registrar GoDaddy, which created a racy ad the year after the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show controversy, bought two ads in the Super Bowl for the sixth consecutive year.[21] Advertising Age reported that Paramount Pictures bought a Super Bowl spot for the upcoming films Iron Man 2 and The Last Airbender.[22] A trailer for the HBO miniseries The Pacific was also aired.

Other advertisers for 2010 included Homeaway Inc.,[23], paying tribute to National Lampoon's Vacation with their stars Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo, and Diamond Foods, who returned to promote both its Emerald Nuts brand and Pop Secret popcorn, which they bought from General Mills two years before.[24] Boost Mobile aired a special ad, celebrating the 25th Anniversary of The Super Bowl Shuffle, featuring many of the 1985 Chicago Bears to advertise their US $50 per month service.[25] Also, in a CBS-produced promo for the Late Show with David Letterman, the eponymous host and his longtime talk show rival, Jay Leno, appeared together with Oprah Winfrey.


Three advertisers in particular raised eyebrows with their choice to advertise during the Super Bowl. One new advertiser, Focus on the Family,[26] aired a commercial featuring 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and his mother that elicited criticism from some women's groups who demanded CBS cancel the ad because they claimed it would be divisive, under the impression that it would mention Tebow's mother was advised, for health issues, to abort her son Tim, but she chose to give birth to him. In the first quarter, CBS aired the advertisement, which had not been pre-released to the public.[27] Per a statement released earlier, the ad did not mention the topic of abortion explicitly.[28]

One proposed sponsor, ManCrunch, a gay dating site that bills itself as a place "where many many many men come out to play," had expressed interest in purchasing a 30-second advertisement. The ManCrunch advertisement would have depicted a male Green Bay Packers fan and a male Minnesota Vikings fan reaching into the same bowl of potato chips at the same time and, after a brief pause, begin to passionately kiss. ManCrunch's ad, which has since been released to the public, was initially put on a waiting list before the network outright rejected it due to it violating CBS's broadcast standards. ManCrunch immediately accused CBS of discrimination. Some observers suspect that their advertisement was an attempt at ambush marketing and free publicity.[29] Another ad that was rejected by CBS for failure to meet standards was for the texting service kgb, which focuses on two men with CGI-enhanced images bent over with their heads in their posteriors, while an actor, Sean Gunn, portraying an agent stated that "They had their head up their [backsides]".[30] kgb instead aired an ad with two people who had to find the Japanese word for "I surrender" before being run over by a sumo wrestler. Another ad for Bud Light which was rejected showed workers stripping down for a charity clothes drive in exchange for free beer. All of the rejected ads were shown on YouTube.

Among other rejected or modified ads were one for Electronic Arts' Dante's Inferno, which had to be edited for content (the closing phrase, originally intended to read "go to Hell," was replaced with "Hell awaits"), and GoDaddy's originally planned advertisement.[31] Career Builder's ad, showing people dressed too casually for "Casual Friday" and a Dockers ad to promote a free pair of their pants with men in shirts but sans trousers aired back-to-back early in the second quarter.

An E*TRADE advertisement, continuing their theme of talking babies on a Web cam, featured a boyfriend-stealing, "milkaholic" baby girl named "Lindsay." Actress Lindsay Lohan, who has a history of alcoholism and was noted for having tried in the early 2000s to date popular young men who were already dating other women, is suing E*TRADE over the advertisement and seeking US$100,000,000 in damages, under the impression that the advertisement defamed her via subliminal messaging and violated her personality rights. E*TRADE denied the allegations and stated the name "Lindsay" came from a member of the accounting staff.[32]

International telecasts

Viewers worldwide were able to watch on the following channels:

  • North America:
  • Oceania
  • Europe:
  • South America:
  • Asia:


On radio, Westwood One had the national English-language broadcast rights to the game in the United States and Canada. Marv Albert (play-by-play) and Boomer Esiason (color commentator) called the game for the network. The teams' flagship stations also carried the game with their respective local announcers: WLHK-FM and WFNI-AM in Indianapolis (with Bob Lamey and Will Wolford announcing) and WWL-FM/AM in New Orleans (with Jim Henderson and Hokie Gajan announcing). Univision Radio aired a Spanish-language feed for Hispanophone American listeners (with Clemson Smith-Muñiz and David Crommett announcing).

Sirius XM Satellite Radio carried 14 game feeds in ten languages to Sirius subscribers, as well as to XM subscribers with the "Best of Sirius" package.[33] In addition to the four US feeds mentioned above, Sirius carried the following international feeds:

FieldPass, the subscription Internet radio service provided by the league at, also carried most of these feeds. Due to contractual restrictions, only Sirius XM and FieldPass were permitted to carry the local team broadcasts along with WLHK, WFNI and WWL, with the teams' other network radio affiliates instead airing the Westwood One feed.

Entertainment and other ceremonies


Aircraft of the 125th Fighter Wing perform a flyover during the singing of the National Anthem.

Barenaked Ladies played the Super Bowl Saturday Night event with O.A.R. and Robert Randolph & The Family Band.

Chris Daughtry, Steve Winwood and Queen Latifah performed during the Super Bowl pre-game tailgate party, which started at 2 p.m.

Carrie Underwood sang the National Anthem and Queen Latifah sang "America the Beautiful." Underwood's selection marks the third straight year that an alumnus of American Idol has been chosen to perform "The Star-Spangled Banner," joining Jordin Sparks at Super Bowl XLII and Jennifer Hudson a year later. Translation of both songs into American Sign Language was provided by Kinesha Battles, a student at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind.[34]

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2010, led by Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith, participated in the pre-game coin toss; Smith actually tossed the coin. The rest of the class – Rickey Jackson, Dick LeBeau, Floyd Little, Russ Grimm and John Randle – were named the day before. The Saints won the coin toss, marking the 13th straight Super Bowl the NFC won the toss (the Cardinals won the toss in Super Bowl XLIII but elected to defer to the second half, giving the Steelers the ball to open the game).

The Saints entered the Sun Life Stadium field first, to The Alan Parsons Project's "Sirius", which was made famous for team introductions by the Chicago Bulls.

The Colts entered last, as they were the "home" team, to "Won't Get Fooled Again" by The Who, which ironically would be performed by the band during the halftime show.


The Who performed at the Super Bowl XLIV halftime show. The band played a medley of their hits, consisting of "Pinball Wizard", "Baba O'Riley", "Who Are You", "See Me, Feel Me", and "Won't Get Fooled Again". For the first time since the Super Bowl XXXIV halftime show, there was no crowd of fans surrounding the halftime stage.[35]


Retailers had ordered much more New Orleans Saints merchandise prior to the game than they had ordered Colts merchandise.[citation needed] The NFL estimates that US$100 million worth of Super Bowl merchandise will be sold this year.[36]

Game summary

First quarter

For the 13th consecutive year, the NFC team won the coin toss and chose to receive. However Saints' first possession resulted in a punt after going three-and-out.

The Colts offense took the field for the first time, with the ball spotted at their own 27 yard line. The Colts put together a drive that went 53 yards and resulted in a 38-yard field goal by kicker Matt Stover. At 42 years old, Stover became the oldest person in NFL history to play in a Super Bowl.

Following the game's first score, Courtney Roby returned the ensuing kickoff to the New Orleans 26 yard line. Approaching the 25-yard line, Roby swooped into a dive and appeared to fumble the ball, but he was ruled down by contact. This time, the Saints managed to get a first down with a 16-yard completion from Drew Brees to Reggie Bush, but they were eventually forced to punt again. Punter Thomas Morstead pinned the Colts back at their own 4-yard line with a 46-yard kick.

Indianapolis responded with a 96-yard scoring drive, tying the record for the longest drive in Super Bowl history. Joseph Addai rushed three times for 53 yards on the drive, while Manning completed three passes for 35 yards, the last one a 19-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garçon, increasing the Colts lead to 10–0.

Second quarter

The Saints' next drive carried over from the previous quarter. Brees completed three passes for 36 yards as the Saints advanced to the Colts' 22-yard line. But on third down, Brees was sacked for a 7-yard loss by Dwight Freeney, forcing New Orleans to settle for a 46-yard field goal from Garrett Hartley.

In the final two minutes of the first half, the Saints drove to a 1st-and-goal at the Colts' 3 yard line. A false start penalty set them back to the 8, and after getting a yard away from the end zone, they attempted 3rd and 4th down runs. They failed to convert both times. The Colts ran three straight running plays in an effort to wind down the clock and go to halftime with a seven point lead, but the Saints kept the Colts from getting another first down. Following Bush's 4-yard punt return to the New Orleans 48, with only one timeout left to use in the half, the Saints got back into field goal territory, and Hartley hit a 44-yard field goal as time expired, with the Colts still leading 10–6. This was the first 10–6 halftime score in Super Bowl history.

Third quarter

The Colts were set to receive the ball to start the second half, but were caught by surprise when the Saints executed an onside kick. This was the first onside kick attempted before the fourth quarter in Super Bowl history,[37] a play the Saints referred to as "Ambush."[38] Thomas Morstead kicked the ball to his left, and after traveling almost 15 yards, the ball bounced off of the Colts' Hank Baskett, who failed to make a clean recovery. Several players dove for the loose ball, creating a pile that took over a minute for the officiating crew to separate. When the dust finally cleared, Jonathan Casillas of New Orleans was officially credited with the recovery on the 42-yard line, but Casillas and other Saints players insisted that it was actually Chris Reis who came up with the football.[39] The Saints' offense took over and stormed down the field on an effective 58-yard drive in which they never faced a third down. Brees completed five consecutive passes for 58 yards on the drive and capped it off with a screen pass to Pierre Thomas, who took it 16 yards to the end zone, giving the Saints their first lead of the game at 13–10.

Manning and the Colts answered with their own touchdown drive, moving the ball 76 yards in ten plays. Clark caught 3 passes for 45 yards, while Joseph Addai finished the drive off with a 4-yard touchdown run to put the Colts back on top 17–13 with 6:05 remaining in the quarter. For the just the second time in Super Bowl history both teams scored touchdowns on their initial possessions of the second half; the only other time occurred in Super Bowl XIV.

Hartley would bring the Saints to within one point of tying the game at 17–16, with his third field goal, launched from 47 yards away. In doing so he became the first kicker in Super Bowl history to score three field goals of 40 or more yards in one game.

This was the first one-point lead after the third quarter in Super Bowl history and second closest game after three quarters, behind Super Bowl XXXIX which was tied between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles.

Fourth quarter

Indianapolis responded with a drive to the New Orleans 33-yard line, only to have Stover miss a 51-yard field goal attempt, giving the ball back to the Saints with good field position on their 41-yard line. After that, Brees led the Saints on another touchdown drive featuring seven different players getting the ball. Bush started off the drive with a 12-yard run, and then Devery Henderson caught a pass on the Colts' 36-yard line. Following an 8-yard run by Bush, Brees completed passes to Colston, Robert Meachem and Dave Thomas, moving the ball inside the 10. After a 3-yard run by Thomas, Brees threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jeremy Shockey. The Saints opted to go for a two-point conversion which would put them up by seven points if the try was successful. Lance Moore received a pass and attempted to stretch the ball out over the goal line as he fell to the ground and rolled over on his head. The ball came out of his hands and the play was ruled an incomplete pass, prompting a coach's challenge from Sean Payton. After the review, the ruling on the field was overturned when it was determined that Moore maintained possession of the ball long enough and the ball had crossed the plane of the goal line for a successful conversion, giving the Saints a 24–17 advantage.

On the ensuing drive, Manning led the Colts into Saints territory; however, Tracy Porter intercepted a pass by Manning at the Saints 26 for the first takeaway of the game and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown, following the successful extra point, the Saints lead grew to 31–17 with 3:12 remaining.[40] Porter's interception return for a touchdown improved teams to 10–0 in Super Bowls when returning an interception for a touchdown.

Now down by two possessions, the Colts needed a touchdown on their next drive to stay alive, though they still had all three of their timeouts to use. They were able to drive to the New Orleans 3 yard line. When an offensive pass interference penalty on 1st and goal pushed them back 10 yards, the Colts got those 10 yards back on the next play. The next three plays saw a tipped pass that went off of the goal post and incomplete, a loss of two yards on a rushing play, and a pass that went through the hands of wide receiver Reggie Wayne and incomplete, effectively sealing the win for the Saints and giving them their first league championship in franchise history.

Scoring summary

Scoring Play Score
1st Quarter
IND – Matt Stover 38 yard field goal, 7:29 IND 3–0
IND – Pierre Garçon 19 yard pass from Peyton Manning (Matt Stover kick), 0:36 IND 10–0
2nd Quarter
NO – Garrett Hartley 46 yard field goal, 9:34 IND 10–3
NO – Garrett Hartley 44 yard field goal, 0:00 IND 10–6
3rd Quarter
NO – Pierre Thomas 16 yard pass from Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley kick), 11:41 NO 13–10
IND – Joseph Addai 4 yard run (Matt Stover kick), 6:05 IND 17–13
NO – Garrett Hartley 47 yard field goal, 2:01 IND 17–16
4th Quarter
NO – Jeremy Shockey 2 yard pass from Drew Brees (Drew Brees pass to Lance Moore), 5:42 NO 24–17
NO – Tracy Porter 74 yard interception return (Garrett Hartley kick), 3:12 NO 31–17


Tying a Super Bowl record by completing 32 of 39 passes, with 288 passing yards and two touchdowns, Drew Brees was named Super Bowl MVP. After the game, Brees said, "Four years ago, who ever thought this would be happening when 85 percent of the city was under water? Most people left not knowing if New Orleans would ever come back, or if the organization would ever come back. We just all looked at one another and said, 'We are going to rebuild together. We are going to lean on each other.' This is the culmination in all that belief."[41]

Source: New Orleans Saints Indianapolis Colts
First downs 20 23
Third down efficiency 3/9 6/13
Fourth down efficiency 0/1 1/2
Total yards 332 432
Passing yards 281 333
Passing – completions/attempts 32/39 31/45
Rushing yards 51 99
Rushing attempts 18 19
Yards per rush 2.8 5.2
Penalties–yards 3–19 5–45
Sacks against–yards 1–7 0–0
Fumbles–lost 0–0 0–0
Interceptions thrown 0 1
Time of possession 30:11 29:49

Individual leaders

Saints Passing
Drew Brees 32/39 288 2 0
Saints Rushing
Cara Yds TD LGb
Pierre Thomas 9 30 0 7
Reggie Bush 5 25 0 12
Mike Bell 2 4 0 4
Drew Brees 1 −1 0 −1
Devery Henderson 1 −7 0 −7
Saints Receiving
Recc Yds TD LGb
Marques Colston 7 83 0 27
Devery Henderson 7 63 0 19
Pierre Thomas 6 55 1 16
Reggie Bush 4 38 0 16
Lance Moore 2 21 0 21
Jeremy Shockey 3 13 1 7
David Thomas 1 9 0 9
Robert Meachem 2 6 0 6
Saints Defense
Tak/Ast/Tott Int Ffg Sck
Jonathan Vilma 7/0/7 0 0 0.0
Roman Harper 6/1/7 0 0 0.0
Scott Shanle 5/1/6 0 0 0.0
Malcolm Jenkins 4/0/4 0 0 0.0
Tracy Porter 4/0/4 1 0 0.0
Sedrick Ellis 3/0/3 0 0 0.0
Scott Fujita 3/1/4 0 0 0.0
Jabari Greer 3/1/4 0 0 0.0
Randall Gay 2/0/2 0 0 0.0
Anthony Hargrove 2/1/3 0 0 0.0
Bobby McCray 2/0/2 0 0 0.0
Darren Sharper 2/1/1 0 0 0.0
Jeff Charleston 1/0/1 0 0 0.0
Will Smith 1/0/1 0 0 0.0
Colts Passing
Peyton Manning 31/45 333 1 1
Colts Rushing
Cara Yds TD LGb
Joseph Addai 13 77 1 26
Donald Brown 4 18 0 5
Mike Hart 2 4 0 4
Colts Receiving
Recc Yds TD LGb
Dallas Clark 7 86 0 27
Austin Collie 6 66 0 40
Pierre Garçon 5 66 1 19
Joseph Addai 7 58 0 17
Reggie Wayne 5 46 0 14
Donald Brown 1 11 0 11
Colts Defense
Tak/Ast/Tott Int Ffg Sck
Gary Brackett 12/1/13 0 0 0.0
Jacob Lacey 6/0/6 0 0 0.0
Melvin Bullitt 5/0/5 0 0 0.0
Kelvin Hayden 5/1/6 0 0 0.0
Antoine Bethea 4/0/4 0 0 0.0
Tim Jennings 3/0/3 0 0 0.0
Clint Session 3/2/5 0 0 0.0
Eric Foster 2/0/2 0 0 0.0
Raheem Brock 1/0/1 0 0 0.0
Dwight Freeney 1/0/1 0 0 1.0
Antonio Johnson 1/1/2 0 0 0.0
Daniel Muir 1/0/1 0 0 0.0
Jerraud Powers 1/1/2 0 0 0.0
Keyunta Dawson 0/1/1 0 0 0.0

*Completions/Attempts aCarries bLong play cReceptions tTackles gForced Fumble

  • New Orleans recorded the first onside kick attempt in a Super Bowl outside of the fourth quarter.
  • Indianapolis' place kicker Matt Stover became the oldest player to participate, as well as to score, in a Super Bowl at 42 years and 11 days of age.
  • New Orleans' place kicker Garrett Hartley became the first kicker in Super Bowl history to kick three field goals of 40 or more yards.
  • New Orleans' victory marked the sixth straight Super Bowl won by the team wearing its white jersey.
  • New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees had the second highest completion percentage in Super Bowl history (Phil Simms in Super Bowl XXI has the highest.) Brees also tied the mark for most completions in a Super Bowl, with 32.
  • This was the first Super Bowl played in Sun Life Stadium not to have a kickoff returned for a touchdown.
  • New Orleans became the second team to win the Super Bowl after trailing at halftime AND failing to score a first-half touchdown. The New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII are the only other team to do so.
  • The Saints' 25 points in the second half is the fourth highest total in Super Bowl history. The New York Giants scored 30 in Super Bowl XXI while 28 was scored by both the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIV and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII.
  • The Saints also became the seventh team to win a Super Bowl after trailing to start the fourth quarter. The others to do so were: the Giants in Super Bowl XLII, the 49ers in Super Bowl XXIII, the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XVII, the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowls X and XIV and the Colts in Super Bowl V.
  • Brees and Peyton Manning combined for a Super Bowl record 75% completion rate (63 of 84). They also accounted for the most combined pass completions in a Super Bowl, with 63.
  • The Colts became just the fifth team to score 10 or more points in the first quarter and lose the game, joining the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XIX, the Denver Broncos in both Super Bowls XXI and XXII, and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI
  • Having been down 10 points in the first quarter, the Saints tied a record for the biggest comeback win Super Bowl history, set in Super Bowl XXII when the Washington Redskins faced a 10-point first quarter deficit of their own.

Starting lineups

New Orleans Position Position Indianapolis
Marques Colston WR Reggie Wayne
Jermon Bushrod LT Charlie Johnson
Carl Nicks LG Ryan Lilja
Jonathan Goodwin C Jeff Saturday
Jahri Evans RG Kyle DeVan
Jon Stinchcomb RT Ryan Diem
Jeremy Shockey TE Dallas Clark
Devery Henderson WR Pierre Garcon
Drew Brees QB Peyton Manning
Pierre Thomas RB Joseph Addai
Reggie Bush RB H-B Gijon Robinson
Bobby McCray LE Robert Mathis
Sedrick Ellis DT LDT Daniel Muir
Will Smith RE RDT Antonio Johnson
Marvin Mitchell LB RE Dwight Freeney
Scott Fujita LOLB Philip Wheeler
Jonathan Vilma MLB Gary Brackett
Scott Shanle ROLB Clint Session
Jabari Greer LCB Kelvin Hayden
Tracy Porter RCB Jacob Lacey
Roman Harper SS Melvin Bullitt
Darren Sharper FS Antoine Bethea


  • Referee – Scott Green (#19)
  • Umpire – Undrey Wash (#96)
  • Head Linesman – John McGrath (#5)
  • Line Judge – Jeff Seeman (#45)
  • Field Judge – Rob Vernatchi (#75)
  • Side Judge – Greg Meyer (#78)
  • Back Judge – Greg Steed (#12)
  • Alt. referee – Gene Steratore (#114)

Game time and weather conditions

  • Kickoff was at 6:32 p.m. EST (23:32 UTC).
  • Weather at kickoff was 66 °F (19 °C), clear.
  • Game length was 3 hrs. 14 min.[42]


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