Drew Brees completed 32 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns to claim MVP rights while leading his New Orleans Saints past the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 Sunday at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, FL. New Orleans fans have waited 43 years for the Saints to win it all, and Brees was certainly estatic to give his beloved city a reason to celebrate.
“Just to think of the road we’ve all traveled, the adversity we’ve all faced,” said Brees. “It’s unbelievable. I mean, are you kidding me? Four years ago, whoever thought this would be happening…We just all looked at one another and said, ‘We’re going to rebuild together. We are going to lean on each other.’ That’s what we’ve done the last four years and this is the culmination in all that belief.”
Indianapolis was in control from the start, posting 10 in the first quarter while holding the Saints scoreless through the entire block. New Orleans then battled for two field goals before heading into the locker room to make it 10-6. Following a Saints onside kick recovery, Brees marched his men down field to earn their first lead of the contest.
Manning and Co. were able to bounce right back for six to reclaim the advantage, but from there it was all about the Saints. The final dagger came with 3:12 left in regulation when Tracy Porter jumped out for a 74 yard interception return. “Made a great play,” said Manning in disappointment after the game. “Corner made a heck of a play.”
The Saints are set to join the rest of New Orleans at the parade Tuesday afternoon. “It means everything,” said Brees. “We’re here because of their strength and everything they fought through here the last few years. They’ve given us so much support, so we owe it all to our fans.”
Colts Defensive End Dwight Freeney has been struggling with ankle problems since their January 24th AFC Championship victory over the New York Jets. He was swarmed by reporters alongside fellow teammate Peyton Manning Monday afternoon at Super Bowl media day. Most questions directed towards Freeney were related to the third-degree ankle sprain he hopes to overcome by Sunday. The five-time Pro Bowler is doing his best to keep optimistic, saying “I’m day to day, and I see myself playing on Sunday.”
The Indianapolis coaching staff is certainly preparing to go on without their veteran DE on Sunday. Coach Jim Caldwell mentioned the fact that Freeney hasn’t been able to join his teammates in practice since their last home stand at Lucas Oil Stadium. “We’re preparing as if he is not going to play,” said Caldwell. “If we happen to get an opportunity to get him in there, we’ll do so.” Super Bowl XLIV tickets are still available with us at AceTicket.com!
Texans QB Matt Schaub collected MVP rights after throwing for 189 yards and two touchdowns to lead the AFC past the NFC 41-34 in this year’s offensive friendly Pro Bowl yesterday in Miami. “It’s a game you watch growing up as a kid and wonder if you could ever be in,” said Schaub. “To actually be a part of it is incredible.” The attendance for the game was 70,697, marking the second largest audience in the events history.
Vincent Jackson led in receiving with 122 yards and a TD from just seven receptions. Ray Rice took control from the ground with 42 yards during his short amount of time on field. The NFC was able to tie it up with a 39 yard field goal courtesy of David Akers early in the fourth. Chris Johnson ran in for six with five minutes remaining to solidify the W for the AFC. The main event at Sun Life Stadium is now just six days away. Super Bowl XLIV tickets are now available!
Super Bowl XLIV will host the 16-2 Indianapolis Colts and 15-3 New Orleans Saints at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, FL Sunday, February 7th at 6 PM ET. Peyton Manning was able to lead his Colts past the New York Jets with ease compared to the way New Orleans willed themselves over the Minnesota Vikings at home.
Historically at least one of the top two organizations will fall at some point in the earlier rounds. The 2010 NFL playoffs will feature the two premier teams who have stayed consistent since week 1, further emphasizing the recent success of the passing game over all other strategies.
Both Indianapolis and New Orleans racked up a total of 4,350+ yards passing through 16 games. The Saints have shown a more balanced attack with the run game supplied by Pierre Thomas, Mike Bell and Reggie Bush. The Colts haven’t showcased any sort of rushing dominance, but Manning and Co. can certainly cover ground to make up for any other flaws. The four-time MVP will look to solidify his quarterback legacy with a second Super Bowl title in four years.
Saints QB Drew Brees won’t back down without a fight as he tries to bring the city of New Orleans their first Lombardi trophy in franchise history. “It was as loud as I have ever heard it in the dome,” said Brees after edging the Vikings in OT. “It feels so good to know we have given our fans an NFC championship. We have another championship to go after in two weeks.” Purchase your Super Bowl XLIV tickets right here with us at Ace!
LeBron James hit two free throws with 4.1 seconds left for the Cleveland Cavaliers to pull ahead of the Miami Heat 92-91 yesterday at the American Airlines Arena. Dwayne Wade had the final shot of the game but failed to connect, giving Cleveland their 35th victory of the season. Flash scored 30 of 32 in the first half with 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals. LeBron produced quite the stat line himself, netting 32 with a side of nine boards and four assists.
James and the Cavaliers have won eight of their last nine against Miami. “Two really, really good friends, one of my best friends that I have, just two great competitors not wanting to lose to each other,” said LeBron after the game. “But at the same time, knowing that we’re putting on a show not only for each other, but for the fans and whoever was watching the game.” The Heat are next set to matchup with the Toronto Raptors Wednesday night as the Cavs head to Minnesota to face the T’wolves.
Garrett Hartley came through with a convincing 40 yard field goal for the New Orleans Saints to claim NFC Champions over the Minnesota Vikings 31-28 in OT at the Louisiana Superdome Sunday afternoon. In a game that featured nine fumbles and two interceptions, Brett Favre ended Minnesota’s final chance in Saints territory with a pick in the closing seconds in regulation. From there the Saints were able to win the coin toss and celebrate early 4:45 into the extra block.
“It was as loud as I have ever heard it in the dome,” said QB Drew Brees. “It feels so good to know we have given our fans an NFC championship. We have another championship to go after in two weeks.”
Favre (a 19-year veteran) is currently contemplating retirement following one of the best statistical seasons of his career. The Mississippi native shares a great amount of respect for the Saints, saying “I would have loved to represent the NFC but as I told Sean throughout the year when we talked, if it’s not us, I hope it’s you guys.”
New Orleans will matchup with the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV on Sunday, February 2nd.
The Indianapolis Colts were able to score 17 second half points while holding the New York Jets scoreless to declare the 30-17 victory in Sunday’s AFC Championship contest at Lucas Oil Stadium. Peyton Manning was brilliant through all four quarters, throwing for 377 yards and three touchdowns from 26 completions. The four time MVP became the first player in NFL history with seven 300 yard games in the playoffs, just recently passing Kurt Warner and Joe Montana.
“The guys have always been a very confident bunch and they do a great job of hanging in there,” said coach Jim Caldwell. “Peyton had just an outstanding game. He’s one of those guys that can adjust to different situations. A real champion.”
Following a defensive battle in the first block, the Colts were first to score when Matt Stover sent one through the uprights from 25 yards out to start the second. The Jets responded with Mark Sanchez hitting Braylon Edwards for 80 yards, marking their longest reception of the season. Indianapolis came together for a touchdown to end the half to make it 17-13 in favor of the Jets. From there it was all Peyton and Co. with two more TD’s and another field goal for the extra insurance.
Indianapolis will now move on to Land Shark Stadium in Miami, FL for Super Bowl XLIV, where they’ll meet up with the NFC champion New Orleans Saints.
Dwayne Wade supplied 44 points and some key pressure defense to come up with the steal and go-ahead score with 0.6 left in regulation. Head coach Doc Rivers then drew up a play for the Boston Celtics to execute to perfection with Rajon Rondo cutting to the basket for the tip in send the game to overtime. From there the Celtics took control with the six point OT advantage en route to defeating the Miami Heat 112-106 yesterday at American Airlines Arena.
“We’ve been working on that play for a long time, actually since last year,” said Rondo. “As soon as Wade stole the ball, I knew exactly that was the play we were going to run.” Rondo led the Celtics with 25 points and eight assists. Paul Pierce produced a solid stat line in his return from injury with 17 points, five assists and six rebounds. Ray Allen netted 3-of-4 attempts from downtown to score 22 while collecting a game high four steals.
The Celtics will try to keep the momentum going tomorrow night against the Atlanta Hawks. With the win the Celtics remain atop of the Eastern Conference with a 25-8 record. Boston Celtics regular season tickets are available right here with us at Ace!
Dwayne Wade produced 28 points and eight rebounds as the Miami Heat dominated the Atlanta Hawks early and often Monday night at American Airlines Arena. Miami jumped out to a 16 point lead by the end of the first quarter and never let up from there, eventually posting 92 points to Atlanta’s 75. Michael Beasley contributed behind Wade, netting 20 of his 22 total game points in the first half.
“We’re far from a perfect group,” said coach Erik Spoelstra. “But this group does have a spirit and they enjoy coming to work, and even though we went through a very tough stretch … we’ve shown an ability to bounce back and have some resiliency, and it was a strong and important win.” Miami is set to host the Boston Celtics tonight at 7:30 PM as the 21-12 Hawks look to post a W tonight against the New Jersey Nets.
Quarterback Tom Brady will represent the New England Patriots in the NFL Pro Bowl next month with teammates Wes Welker, Logan Mankis and Vince Wilfork. The contest will take place on Sunday, January 31st at Land Shark Stadium in Miami, exactly one week before Super Bowl XLIV. Despite showing his appreciation for being selected, Wilfork is currently turning his attention to more important things.
“Congrats to my teammates Brady, Welker and big Logan. Need the rest of these guys next year – Moss, Mayo, Meriweather, Warren and others,” said Wilfork. “Don’t get it twisted, I love the Pro Bowl but hope I can’t go because I will be at the Super Bowl the next week.”
Wes Welker ranks second to Andre Johnson in total receptions with 1336. Fellow Patriots receiver Randy Moss leads the league in touchdown catches while racking up 1,189 yards in 2009. Many have questioned the NFL’s decisions to leave Moss out of the loop. Wilfork was one of the more obvious choices this year as the main leader of New England’s defense. Mankis is known throughout the league for his toughness. Since joining the Patriots in 2005 he has yet to miss a single game. The AFC East champs are now preparing for their matchup against the Houston Texans this Sunday at Reliant Stadium.