For the first time in New Orleans Saints history, the team has claimed the biggest prize in the sport. For many New Orleanians, simply getting to the Super Bowl and having a place on the stage were good enough. But now, Saints fans can finally bury the dreaded Aints moniker as the team brought home the Lombardi trophy in a thrilling game that set or tied seventeen Superbowl records. It was a game with many ups and downs, with the potential to make or break legacies. If Peyton Manning could have led the Colts to victory once again, it would have cemented him as one of the all-time greats of the game. For Saints quarterback Drew Brees, carrying his team to its first Superbowl victory in its long and storied history earned him a spot among the elite quarterbacks in the game. Now, in national dialogue, there will be Brady, Manning, and Brees.
No doubt many fans in both Indianapolis and New Orleans spent much of the game cringing and praying. When the Colts pulled ahead by ten points early in the game, it seemed the national pundits who had all but written the Saints off may have been right. But the Saints rallied back and began to find their rhythm, and what followed was one of the most thrilling Superbowl performances ever televised. Drew Brees picked apart the vulnerable Colts secondary with surgical precision, sticking to quick, short passes for the most part. The heart that the Saints players showed along with the fearless and gutsy play calling of head coach Sean Payton led to an upset that shocked the world.
As Tracy Porter intercepted a Peyton Manning pass and took it home for the game-clinching touchdown, Saints fans knew that they had just won the Superbowl. The streets began to fill with people of all creeds and colors, and it seemed the only thing on anyone’s mind was who to hug next. The city-wide party stretched into the wee hours of the morning as Saints fans began what some have dubbed Lombardi Gras.
New Orleans will perhaps never be the same. For a team and a region so accustomed to uphill battles and futile struggles, to finally be the best of the best feels to many like a dream that still doesn’t seem real. Rising from bottom of the heap to first class is something those in the New Orleans area may have to get used to. It looks like our Saints are going to continue to compete at the highest level and bring us all together for a long time.
In honor of the Saints’ fabulous season, and so team members have the opportunity to see the parade, 1st Lake will close all offices at 4:00PM today! See on the parade route!