. Give the Saints tremendous credit. This was no fluke: They deserved to win. (Drew) Brees picked apart the Colts defense … with short passes and the occasional run wearing down the Colts defense and then the Saints defense coming in for the kill, as it did so many times this season — this time with Tracy Porter picking off Peyton Manning and returning the interception for a touchdown. It was the formula that worked all year for the Saints.
Tom Jolly, New York Times
. The New Orleans Saints, for decades the NFL's lovable losers, used the biggest stage Sunday to answer the question their fans have been asking for 43 years. Who Dat think they gonna beat them Saints?
The answer: Nobody. The unbelievable is a reality. The unthinkable has come true. The Saints reached the NFL mountaintop Sunday, knocking off the mighty Indianapolis Colts.
Sam Farmer, Chicago Tribune
. The paper bags can be put away forever. The franchise that once was so awful its fans were embarrassed to show their faces is now a world champion.
Jim Trotter, SI.com
. The Saints were clearly the more deserving team — more aggressive, more inspired, better coached. (I mean, did the Colts even consider blitzing Drew Brees?) The Colts played a passive second quarter and never recovered.
Mark Bradley, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
. The Colts learned that you write off the Saints at your peril. For the second time this season (the Saints) mounted a second-half rally to win in Miami, this time delivering the team's first NFL championship.
Sean Leahy, USA Today