MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The improbable just happened: Peyton Manning threw an interception at the worst possible time in Super Bowl XLIV, ending what was looking like a game-tying drive for the Colts late in the fourth quarter.
Manning looked left to intended receiver Reggie Wayne on a 5-yard slant, one of the Colts’ favorite routes. They had run it with success all game, but Saints CB Tracy Porter jumped the route and came up with the ball clean.
Saints DE Will Smith threw a great block on Manning during Porter’s return for a touchdown, which gave New Orleans a 31-17 lead.
Before he had raced all of the 74 yards to the end zone, Porter already was celebrating — along with the Saints fans.
— Frank Tadych