Tony Dungy said last week that he would be shocked if his former team, the Colts, lost Super Bowl XLIV to the Saints. And after it happened, the retired coach told Dan Patrick on Monday morning that he was, indeed, surprised the Colts lost and that they managed to score just 17 points.
“I expected the Colts to score touchdowns and put 30 points on the board,” Dungy said on Patrick’s syndicated radio show. “They only put up 17. I was pretty shocked.”
The Colts were driving for a chance to tie the score in the fourth quarter Sunday, but Saints CB Tracy Porter intercepted Peyton Manning‘s pass and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown that sealed New Orleans’ first Super Bowl title. Manning — whose all-time playoff record dropped to 9-9 — and Dungy struggled for years in the postseason before breaking through and beating the Rex Grossman-led Bears in Super Bowl XLI.
Manning and the Colts, in Dungy’s eyes, had experience on their side against the Saints.
“I just thought it would probably be New Orleans that made the big mistake,” Dungy said. “It ended up being the Colts that made the big mistake.”
Dungy believed the key was not the plays the Saints made but rather some of the plays the Colts didn’t.
“I thought the onside kick probably changed the momentum a little bit,” Dungy said. “But the biggest play of the game for me was in the second quarter when the Colts were up 10-3 and Pierre Garcon, it was a third-down pass. Had Pierre caught the ball, they would have probably gone ahead, moved on and maybe go ahead 13-3 or possibly 17-3, and that’s the one that allowed New Orleans back in it.”