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Super Bowl: Three plays worth another look

Colts take advantage of Saints injury

. Indianapolis already held a 3-0 and, behind the strong rushing of RB Joseph Addai, were threatening again. Addai had broken through the middle of the Saints defense for a 26-yard gain to the New Orleans 23. But the bigger damage may have been to CB Jabari Greer, one of the Saints' best coverage backs, who was injured at the end of the Addai run.

New Orleans was forced to play backup S Usama Young at left corner, and Indy took advantage. On third and 6, Young attempted to chuck Pierre Garcon at the line, but Garcon avoided the hit and blew past the backup unimpeded.

With a full head of steam, Garcon also raced past S Roman Harper, making him an easy target for Peyton Manning for the game's only first-half touchdown and a 10-0 Colts lead.

Greer was back on the field for Indy's next possession.

Pass to Henderson heals some wounds

. The Saints had just come off an emotional low inside the Colts 5, with a false start penalty, a run that failed when the running back slipped, and a fourth-down stop by the Colts leaving New Orleans trailing 10-3 as halftime approached.

The Saints defense, however, did its job — holding Peyton Manning and crew to 9 yards on three plays (including a stop for no gain on third and 1 from the Indianapolis 10) to force a punt and give the ball back to Drew Brees with 35 seconds left in the first half.

Brees didn't waste any time, getting good protection and finding WR Devery Henderson open in the middle of the field for a 19-yard gain, giving the Saints a first down at the Colts 33.

Brees spiked the ball with 20 seconds left, hit Henderson for 6 yards with 11 seconds left, and found Reggie Bush in the left flat for a 1-yard pickup with five seconds left, setting up Garrett Hartley's second field goal, from 44 yards.

The score pulled the Saints within 10-6, helped get the momentum back at the end of the half, and wiped out the memory of a wasted trip to the red zone.

Brees puts on a clinic

. The Saints scored on their first two possessions of the second half, and trailed 17-16 when Colts K Matt Stover pulled a 51-yard field goal attempt narrowly to the left in the fourth quarter.

That miss allowed the Saints to start from their 41-yard line, and they quickly moved into Colts territory when Reggie Bush burst off left tackle for a 12-yard gain to the 47.

From there, it was all Drew Brees. On six consecutive plays, Brees completed six passes to six receivers:

• 5 yards to Pierre Thomas

• 6 yards to Devery Henderson

• 8 yards to Bush

• 8 yards to Marques Colston

• 6 yards to Robert Meachem

• 9 yards to David Thomas

The last of the series moved the ball to the 5, and after a 3-yard run by Pierre Thomas, Brees hit his seventh consecutive pass — a 2-yard touchdown to TE Jeremy Shockey that put New Orleans ahead to stay.

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Super Bowl: Three plays worth another look 02/07/10 [Last modified: Sunday, February 7, 2010 11:21pm]
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