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February 6, 2010
Drew Bress will be hoping to lead the Saints to Superbowl glory

Drew Brees will be hoping to lead the Saints to Superbowl glory

It’s the one that everyone wanted to see. This year, the two best teams in the NFL have made it to the Superbowl.

They both toyed with perfect records and then as Jim Caldwell has pointed out in the run up to this sunday’s Superbowl, both the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints realised that a Superbowl ring is more important than a 16-0 regular season record.

Caldwell, in his first season since taking over from Tony Dungy as head coach, became the fifth rookie head coach to lead his team to the Superbowl after guiding his side to a 14-2 regular season record.

His quarterback, Peyton Manning will be hoping to further cement his position as one of the greatest of all time with a second Superbowl triumph, following his MVP winning performance against the Chicago Bears in Superbowl XLI.

Manning’s counterpart, Drew Brees has completed an NFL record 70% of his passes this season and offensive weapons such as Reggie Bush, Marques Colston, Devery Henderson and Jeremy Shockey mean that Brees has a good chance of leading the Saints to victory in their first ever Superbowl.

A shoot out between Manning and Brees is possible, but the Saints defence will have something to say about that, and the Saints coach Sean Payton’s signing of former Green Bay Packers saftey Darren Sharper has made a difference.

The Saints will not force three and outs every possession but have the habit of making big plays of the defensive side of the ball.

They hit Minnesota Vikings quarter back Brett Favre hard during their NFC Championship winning effort and they will need to get close to Manning on Sunday. If Peyton has time, it will be a long afternoon for the Saints.

The Colts do have injury worries though. Wide reciever Reggie Wayne left practice early during the week and explosive defensive end Dwight Freeny has dominated media coverage in the run up to the game as he recovers from a torn ligament in his right ankle.

He is still doubtful and his partnership with fellow defensive end Robert Mathis will be key to the defensive effort of the Colts.

Videprinter prediction: It could be a classic. Colts by 10

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