Saints convert onside kick to start half


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Now that’s a way to start a second half in the Super Bowl.

Saints coach Sean Payton took his second gamble of the game by attempting an onside kick to start the second half. This time, his gamble paid off, as the Saints recovered the ball.

Colts backup WR Hank Baskett had the first shot at the ball but couldn’t recover it, and Saints backup FS Chris Reis did.’s Gil Brandt fired off this note moments after the converted attempt — he believes the last coach to attempt an onside kick in the Super Bowl was the Steelers’ Bill Cowher against the Cowboys in Super Bowl XXX. We’ve also found out that all onside kicks in the Super Bowl had come in the fourth quarter, and all occurred with the kicking team trailing.

“Payton knows he is the underdog, so he’s not afraid to try different things,”’s Pat Kirwan added.

— Frank Tadych

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