Top passing performance
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
The Super Bowl MVP completed 32-of-39 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns to lead New Orleans to its first NFL championship. Brees was nearly perfect in the final three quarters while rallying the Saints from a 10-0 deficit.
Top rushing performance
Joseph Addai, Indianapolis Colts
Addai was sensational when given the ball in a losing effort for the Colts. He rushed 13 times for 77 yards and a touchdown. He scored on a 4-yard run to give Indianapolis a 17-13 lead in the third quarter. His longest run went for 26 yards.
Top receiving performance
Marques Colston, Saints
Drew Brees' most reliable receiver rebounded from a key early drop to put together a solid Super Bowl effort. He didn't score, but he caught seven passes for 83 yards. His 27-yard catch in the third quarter set up a TD by Pierre Thomas.
Saints stun Colts to open second half
When Saints coach Sean Payton elected to open the second half with an onside kick, it brought back memories of Super Bowl XXX when Pittsburgh's Bill Cowher pulled a similar move in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys. Payton's move, however, paid off as it sparked the Saints, led to a score and helped them come back from a halftime deficit.
Quote of the day
Drew Brees, Saints
"We just believed in ourselves and we knew that we had an entire city and maybe an entire country behind us. I tried to imagine what this moment would be like ... and it's better than expected."
Another questionable call
Jim Caldwell, Colts head coach
Caldwell made a dubious decision when he sent out kicker Matt Stover to try a 51-yard field goal with 10:39 left in regulation and Indianapolis leading 17-16. Stover, 42, hadn't made a 50-yard field goal since 2006 and missed badly, giving the Saints the ball at their 41. New Orleans converted that into a go-ahead touchdown and a 24-17 lead. Caldwell is also the coach who pulled his starters with his team leading the Jets when it had a 14-0 record.