Today in Sports History: February 7

By Brandon Zhu

In 2010, the New Orlean Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 in Super Bowl XLIV. Both teams were no. 1 seed in their conference. The Saints went into the game with a 13-3 regular season record, and they were making their first Super Bowl appearance in franchise history. The Indianapolis Colts had a 14-2 record, and was making their second appearance in four years. The Colts, who were favored to win, led 10-6 at halftime. The tides began to turn when New Orleans recovered an unexpected on side kick following halftime. A 16-yard touchdown reception by Saints running back Pierre Thomas, saw New Orlean gain its first lead. The Colts responded with a touchdown of their own, and at that point in the third quarter the Colts were up 17-13. The close game wouldn’t last, as the Colts failed to score another point for the rest of the game. The  Saints went on to score 18 unanswered points to win the first Super Bowl in franchise history. Saints quarterback, Drew Brees, won Super Bowl MVP. Brees completed a remarkable 32 of 39 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns.

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