MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Colts DE Dwight Freeney had a burst early in Super Bowl XLIV, and the Saints’ offensive tackles looked like they might be in trouble. But that has changed.
Saints QB Drew Brees has entirely too much time to operate, and he’s carving up the Colts’ defense. Of course, Peyton Manning is capable of the exact same thing, so it looks like this game might end up coming down to the quarterbacking duel we all expected, with the fourth quarter under way.
Brees just looks thoroughly comfortable now, picking out secondary targets and spreading around the ball. The Saints have made Manning work pretty hard for everything he has gotten, and since the first quarter, that hasn’t been much (how ridiculously perfect was the pass he lobbed to Dallas Clark on a third-down play, between a bunch of defenders?).
I have a feeling the Saints’ far superior play on special teams also might play a continued role in this affair as the final 15 minutes begin.