Thursday, February 4th, 2010 at 4:39 pm
This Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts will face the New Orleans Saints in Super Bowl XLV in Miami, FL. This will mark the Saints first ever trip to the Super Bowl in franchise history, while the Colts return to the spot of their last Super Bowl victory in 2007. The matchup pits two of the league’s best quarterbacks–Peyton Manning of the Colts and Drew Brees of the Saints–against each other in what is sure to be a classic Super Bowl matchup (unless it rains again – check the weather in Miami here). This Super Bowl couldn’t make for a better story, with Manning playing his home town New Orleans team that he supported as a child, and Brees playing his good friend Peyton, whose brother Cooper and father Archie are both extremely close with Brees since he’s moved to the Saints. After only 9 winning seasons in the history of their franchise, the Saints are foaming at the mouth in anticipation of their first attempt at a Super Bowl. Given the recent history of New Orleans, fans of the Saints have rallied around them as a superficial beacon of hope. With all of the momentum, it seems that the Saints should be the winners of this game. With Colts Pro Bowl DE Dwight Freeney (most likely) playing with a torn ligament in his ankle, the Saints look to have the upper hand right now. However, after watching Peyton Manning his entire career I’ve learned to never, ever bet against him, especially later in his career as he’s put the whole “playoff jinx” status behind him. Look for Manning to pull a rabbit out of his hat and pull ahed of the Saints late in the game, just as he did against the Patriots earlier this season. As much as I’d like to see the Saints win for New Orleans, I just can’t see Peyton losing this game. Drew Brees may be a beast, but there’s only one “greatest,” and that is Peyton Manning.