MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The Saints went for a touchdown, and it didn’t work.
Facing a fourth-and-goal on the Colts’ 1-yard line late in the second quarter of Super Bowl XLIV, the Saints ran Pierre Thomas to the right but were stopped for no gain. Colts CB Tim Jennings read the play and contained to force Thomas to cut inside, while LB Gary Brackett shot the gap to get the first hit on Thomas. Colts LB Clint Session followed to bring down Thomas.
A big risk, and Saints coach Sean Payton came away empty-handed. NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks told fans he doesn’t fault the move.
“Tim Jennings made a great play forcing the ball back inside, and their speedy linebackers got to the ball in a hurry,” Brooks explained. “I don’t fault the Saints for running the ball at that point, but the Colts won the battle of execution on those critical downs.”
— Frank Tadych