Sunday, February 7, 2010
Colts' offensive struggles baffling
By JEFF DICKERSON
MIAMI -- It's hard to say what was more stunning in the New Orleans Saints' 31-17 Super Bowl win over the Indianapolis Colts. Was it Tracy Porter's 74-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter or Peyton Manning's bad throw that led to the turnover?
"He made a good break on it, and just made a heck of a play," Manning said in his postgame interview.
The Colts made a few bizarre decisions Sunday night, including calling a run play for Mike Hart on third-and-1 from their own 10-yard line with only :51 seconds left on the clock. Indianapolis failed to convert, the Saints got the ball back and eventually kicked a field goal as time expired in the first half.
"We gave them a short field, so that was a disappointing series," Manning said.
It was also odd to see Indianapolis try to run the ball with Joseph Addai on their second-to-last offensive play of the night. Addai was stopped for a two-yard loss. Then on fourth down from the Saints’ 5-yard line Manning threw an incomplete pass to Reggie Wayne.
For an offense that was so precise leading up the Super Bowl, it's puzzling why Manning and his teammates seemed to struggle for a good portion of the game.