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Coaches facing supersized chaos

Nothing can prepare them for atmosphere, pressure of NFL's biggest game

Originally Published: January 30, 2013
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton entered halftime of Super Bowl XLIV feeling like it was time to take a chance. He had spent the first two quarters of that contest watching the Indianapolis Colts grind out a 10-6 lead, and the momentum clearly favored the opposition. The Colts had won a championship just three years earlier. They knew how to close out an opponent still learning how to handle football's biggest stage.

So after meeting with his assistants, ...

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