Dissecting Manning’s touchdown to Garcon


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Peyton Manning found Pierre Garcon on a 19-yard strike for the game’s first touchdown.

The Saints were in Cover 2 on the play, and NFL.com analyst Pat Kirwan noted in the live Super Bowl chat that the safety was late in providing help over the top. Garcon beat the Saints’ Usama Young on the play, a player Gil Brandt was surprised to see in the game covering the slot. Garcon was lined up wide right against Young, who was in for Jabari Greer on the play.

The Colts’ 96-yard drive tied a record for the longest scoring drive in Super Bowl history, and Manning’s audibles were key. Kirwan also noted that Manning audibled to the run four times, with great success. The Colts had 55 yards rushing on the four audibles.

Our analysts believe the early audibles from the Colts might lead to more play-action passes later in the game.

— Frank Tadych

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