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!
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!
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 are scheduled to host the AFC Championship game against the New York Jets at Lucas Oil Stadium this Sunday. The Jets won in their last contest 29-15 in Week 16. Rex Ryan believed in his team and so far they have responded, but Peyton Manning and Co. are certainly ready to challenge their defense in all four quarters this time around.
“I just think it’s one of those things where you try to play your best this time of the year,” said Dallas Clark. “We’ve been able to have some good games for whatever reason, certain coverage’s, certain breakdowns. I think it’s been our team philosophy of just really trying to be a little sharper.”
The home team has claimed victory in the past three AFC Championship events. The Jets will be forced to rely heavily on their running game and #1 defense to stop the top ranked Colts on their own turf. New York has certainly showed us through their previous two games against Cincinnati and San Diego that nothing is guaranteed when competing in the NFL Playoffs. Purchase your Colts vs. Jets tickets here with us at Ace!
The Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints are set to matchup on January 24th at the Superdome. QB Brett Favre will soon be surrounded by a fan base he is all to familiar with, the ‘Who Dat’ nation. Even though he grew up cheering by their side as a boy, he’s not sure how Saints fans will respond when he and his Vikings step on to the field Sunday.
From a handful of conversations between Favre and head coach Sean Peyton, the Saints organization is well aware of #4′s original NFL roots. “I told him secretly I’m a Saints fan,” said Favre. “We didn’t think we were going to actually play. There was always an outside chance, but go figure.” The Kiln, Mississippi native will have to defeat his first love in order to fight for his second career Super Bowl victory.
New Orleans will surely be fired up with hopes to advance to the big stage for the first time in franchise history. Drew Brees racked up an outstanding stat line this season, throwing for 4,388 yards and 34 TD’s. This game could turn into quite the shootout, knowing both squads have averaged around 400 yards per game in 2009. Saints vs. Vikings tickets are now available right here at AceTicket.com!
The New Orleans Saints offense produced 21 first quarter points on their way to demolishing the Arizona Cardinals 45-14 Saturday in the Superdome. Drew Brees completed 23 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns. Reggie Bush racked up 84 yards and a TD from the ground in just five attempts.
The atmosphere supplied by Saints fans gave a clear advantage towards their home squad in the midst of domination. “There’s no fan base that deserves a championship more than New Orleans and the Who-dat nation,” said Brees. “Just the bond that we have with them is special. They give us strength. They give us motivation, and we want to do it for them.”
Kurt Warner and company struggled to find any sort of momentum this time around after posting 51 total points against the Green Bay Packers in the Wild Card round. Warner has been considering retirement but would like to have the next couple of weeks to really weigh in his options before coming to a final decision.
“Obviously, as I’ve said a million times, I’ve thought about it a lot and have over the last couple years,” said Warner. “I have some ideas in my head, but again, you want to get away from the season for a minute and make sure everything you’re feeling stays that way.” The Saints will now host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday for the NFC Championship.
Following last weekend’s hard fought 51-45 OT victory over the Green Bay Packers back home in Glendale, the Arizona Cardinals (10-6) are rightfully fired up to take on the New Orleans Saints (13-3) in the NFC Divisional round Sunday at the Superdome. Arizona fans shouldn’t be shocked to witness another offensive heavy battle from both sides of the field, as Drew Brees and the Saints have ranked #1 in total yards gained in three of the past four seasons.
“Everybody thinks this is going to be an offensive shootout,” said Brees. “Obviously, I hope that we score a lot of points, but in the end, you have two defenses that play with a lot of confidence and play with a lot of pride, and I’m sure that they would have something to say about this.”
The contest will mark the first ever post-season meeting between the Cardinals and Saints. Kurt Warner last battled in Drew’s stomping grounds in 2007 when New Orleans continued on to take the 31-24 advantage. In that game the two veteran QB’s threw for a combined total of 548 yards and five touchdowns. Saints vs. Cardinals tickets are now available!
Veteran QB Kurt Warner outdueled Aaron Rodgers yesterday in Glendale as the Arizona Cardinals went on to defeat the Green Bay Packers 51-45, advancing them through to the Divisional Round next weekend against the NFC leading New Orleans Saints. Warner completed 29 of 33 throws for 379 yards and five touchdowns.
“We knew how tough it was going to be on our defense with all the weapons they have offensively and how they’ve been playing,” said Warner after racking up more TD’s than incomplete passes. “It was just one of those games where I felt great. I loved our playing. I felt like I was seeing everything well and it accumulates to 51 points.”
The Packers evened the score at 45 with 1:52 left in regulation. From there Warner rallied the Cardinals back up field for a chance to win, only for Neil Rackers to miss a 34 yard FG attempt wide left. Things were looking up for Green Bay heading into OT after winning the coin toss. Three plays later the Arizona defense forced a fumble and coasted into the end zone to live another day.
When asked about future retirement decisions, Warner stayed focused on the task at hand, saying “right now it’s about another playoff game. It’s about New Orleans and then we’ll go from there.” Saints vs. Cardinals tickets are now available!
The New Orleans Saints controlled the second quarter with 21 points, eventually defeating the AFC East leading New England Patriots 38-27 Monday night at the Superdome. Drew Brees took advantage of the Pats young secondary, throwing for five TD’s and 371 yards from 18 total completions. New Orleans franchise QB was certainly excited to win over Bill Belichick and the historically dominant New England organization, saying “It only counts for one win on the stat sheet, but emotionally, those types of wins can mean a little more. Anytime you can win, and win that way, it builds confidence for you.”
The Patriots in their last three contests have suffered two losses to the two remaining undefeated teams this season. Many believed the Patriots outplayed the Colts at Indy two weeks ago despite walking away without a victory. It was clear who the better team was yesterday by the start of the fourth quarter when fans were yelling “Who dat say they gonna beat them Saints?”
“There’s obviously a big gap between us. It wasn’t nearly as competitive as we all were expecting,” said QB Tom Brady. “There’s a reason why they are 11-0. They played really well and we didn’t play up to their level.” New England will now move on to prepare for their next game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, December 6th at Land Shark Stadium. The Pats are currently in good shape to claim a playoff spot, but it looks as though they’ll have to take their campaign on the road come January.
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The New England Patriots find themselves atop the AFC East Division by two games heading into their toughest matchup of the year against the 10-0 New Orleans Saints. While New England stays undefeated at home following a big win against the New York Jets Sunday night, they hold a 1-4 record on the road. The only W they’ve claimed away dates back to October 25th in London, with the proclaimed home advantage going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Quarterback Tom Brady believes a victory on Monday would be the perfect start to the last few weeks of their 2009 regular season campaign. “We need a big win on the road,” he said. “We’ve had three opportunities and we’ve lost all three. This would be a great one to get.”
The Saints are coasting through the NFC South by five games and coming off a strong 38-7 dominating performence over the Bucs. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said in a press conference this week that this year’s New Orleans Saints team reminds him of Kurt Warner and the 2001 St Louis Rams.
“I can’t think of too many teams, I can’t think of any really, that are any more explosive than this team is,” said Belichick. “I’ve talked about the Rams, I’ve talked about the Chargers in the early ’80s, but these guys can run with anybody.” He then added that the Saints are “as good a team as there is in the National Football League this year, so it will be a great test for us to kind of see where we’re at.” Monday night’s showdown is set for 8:30 PM.
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