Saints get back to basics

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The Saints’ return to basics keyed their first Super Bowl scoring drive.

After attempting to test the Colts’ defense through the air on their first two possessions, the Saints relied on their running game to establish an offensive rhythm. Mike Bell, Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush took turns grinding it out between the tackles, and their success allowed Drew Brees to throw the ball in more manageable situations.

With the ability to get to their efficient short and intermediate passing game, the Saints effectively moved the ball down the field and finally put some points on the board.

— Bucky Brooks

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