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Super Bowl XLIV: A very early look at Indianapolis Colts vs. New Orleans Saints

Fans watch the festivities before the last Super Bowl in Miami, which also featured the Colts.

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Fans watch the festivities before the last Super Bowl in Miami, which also featured the Colts.

Early line

The Colts are listed as a 4½-point favorite and certainly looked more impressive in beating the Jets on Sunday than the Saints, who won because they made fewer mistakes than the Vikings. And maybe it's because everyone knows that no team that has lost to the Bucs — as the Saints did Dec. 27 — has gone on to win the Super Bowl. Also, no team that lost its final three regular-season games, as New Orleans did, has gone on to win the Super Bowl.

Hello again

The last time these teams met was the opening week of the 2007 season. The Colts' Peyton Manning threw three touchdowns and New Orleans' Drew Brees threw two interceptions in Indianapolis' 41-10 rout.

One … two … three … Draw!

With Indianapolis' Peyton Manning going against New Orleans' Drew Brees, this is our pick for most anticipated quarterback matchup in a Super Bowl since Denver's John Elway and Green Bay's Brett Favre met in Super Bowl XXXII in January 1998. During the regular season, Brees was first in the league in QB rating (109.6), touchdown passes (34) and completion percentage (70.6); Manning was second in touchdowns (33) and completion percentage (68.8) and sixth in QB rating (99.9).

City of blinding lights

The Saints had the NFL's top-ranked offense this season while the Colts were ninth despite resting up the final two games of the regular season. On the other side, the Saints were 25th in total defense while the Colts were 18th. Hopefully, the scoreboard at Sun Life Stadium in Miami came with extra lightbulbs.

Miami nice

This is the 10th time the Super Bowl will be played in the Miami area — the most of any city. This is the first time since the 1993 season (Bills vs. Cowboys) that both No. 1 seeds have reached the Super Bowl.

Final thought

Using Roman numerals for Super Bowls was cool for the first 15 or so. Can't we just call it "Super Bowl No. 44?''

Super Bowl XLIV: A very early look at Indianapolis Colts vs. New Orleans Saints 01/24/10 [Last modified: Monday, January 25, 2010 6:59am]
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