Sunday, January 24, 2010

Saints & Colts to Face Off in Super Bowl XLIV

In a fortnight, the New Orleans Saints will face the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV in Miami.

The Colts beat the New York Jets 30-17 in the AFC Conference Final while the Saints defeated the Minnesota Vikings 31-28 in OT in the NFC championship game. It marks the first time the number one seeds in the AFC & NFC haved faced off since 1993 when the Dallas Cowboys beat the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVIII.

This also marks the Saints first appearance in the Super Bowl while the Colts won the Super Bowl three years ago against the Chicago Bears.

The most interesting aspect of the Saints-Colts matchup involves the Manning family. Colts QB and reigning NFL MVP Peyton Manning is a native of New Orleans. His father, Archie Manning, was the QB for the Saints from 1971 to 1982.

Naturally, I am rooting for the Saints. New Orleans has endured much since Hurricane Katrina nearly 4½ years ago. Mardi Gras celebrations are already under way and should the Saints win it will make things that much more festive.

Yet I think the Colts will prevail. The Colts are like the Yankees and the Lakers both of whom won titles over the past year. So yes, Peyton Manning is Derek Jeter and Kobe Bryant.

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