Brees, Payton outduel Manning
Naturally, Peyton Manning is taking criticism for not winning Super Bowl XLIV. That's unfair.
The Saints' victory can be credited to how Drew Brees and Sean Payton out-maneuvered the Colts and -- to a certain degree -- beat the Colts at their own game. At first, I thought the Saints' coach was crazy for going for the touchdown on fourth-and-goal at the Colts' 1-yard line with 1:55 left in the first half.
In retrospect, the strategy was brilliant. The league knows Manning takes control ...
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