Monday, 25 January 2010

New Orleans and Indianapolis to Contest Super Bowl

The New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts will meet in Super Bowl XLIV in Miami on 7th February after 2 thrilling Conference Title games.

In one of the most sensational NFC Championship Games ever the Saints defeated the Minnesota Vikings 31-28 in overtime at the restored Louisiana Superdome. The Superdome has been a symbol of New Orleans reconstruction since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city 4 years ago. As the natives of New Orleans fled their destroyed homes during Katrina the Superdome originally became a haven for the homeless. Yet within hours it became the scene the horror as reports emerged that armed gangs had formed within the stadium and as lawlessness took over looting and violence became commonplace.

As the city recovered the Saints played their home games in San Antonio for a season. Some thought the Superdome should be demolished to wipe away the image of suffering that took place during the summer of 2005 but with the support of the community in New Orleans the Superdome was restored and ever since has been a symbol of New Orleans’s phoenix rising from the flames. In the first game back at the Superdome U2 and Green Day performed their cover of “The Saints are Coming” pre-match and although the 2006/07 season ultimately ended with defeat in the NFC Championship Game with defeat to the Chicago Bears they have now reached the Super Bowl for the first time.

After a topsy-turvy encounter in which the lead changed 5 times the Saints took advantage of a turnover pass from Vikings Quarterback and “There’s Something About Mary” star Brett Favre to drive down the field in overtime and set up a game-winning 40 yard field goal from Garrett Hartley.

The Colts have happy memories of Miami where they won the Super Bowl three years ago. However, their place in America’s showpiece sporting even looked in jeopardy when the New York Jets lead 17-6 in the second quarter of the AFC Championship Game. In the end the Colts prevailed thanks to their star man Peyton Manning who threw 3 touchdown passes in an unanswered 27 point run to make the final score 30-17.

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