Things were looking good for the Colts yesterday at the end of the first quarter with them up 10-0. Even at the half with the Colts up 10-6 the coaches had to be happy. But then the roof caved in as the Saints recovered a onside kick to start the second half and they never looked back outscoring the Colts 25-7 the rest of the game. Peyton Manning’s overall numbers looked pretty good yesterday but the fact his that the Colts only scored 17 points. Manning completed 31 of 45 passes for 333 yards with 1 TD pass and 1 interception. The pickoff was returned 74 yards for a TD by Saints’ QB Tracy Porter which was a huge blow in the 4th quarter as it put the Saints up 14 points with not much time left in the game. Manning is now a very pedestrian 9-9 in his career in the post season. Joseph Addai had a solid game for the Colts as he carried the ball 13 times for 77 yards (5.9 ypc) with a TD run and he also caught 7 passes for 58 yards (8.3 avg). Donald Brown pitched in with 18 yards on 4 carries (4.5 ypc) and he also caught 1 pass for 11 yards. Dallas Clark led the way in the passing game for the Colts yesterday with 7 grabs for 86 yards (12.3 avg). Austin Collie (6 rec, 66 yards) and Pierre Garcon (5 rec, 66 yards, TD) pitched in with solid games for the Colts yesterday. Reggie Wayne had a tough game as he caught 5 passes for 46 yards (9.2 avg). He dropped a ball that hit both of his hands that would have been a TD late in the 4th quarter that would have cut the lead to 31-24. The Colts finished up with 432 total yards on offense (99 rushing, 333 passing) but it wasn’t enough to win the Super Bowl.
The Colts defense played great in the first half yesterday but they were awful in the second half. Linebacker Gary Brackett led the way for the Colts on D yesterday with 13 tackles and 1 pass defensed. DE Dwight Freeney made little impact in the game as he played finishing with 1 tackle and 1 sack. The Saints finished up with 332 total yards on offense (51 rushing, 281 passing) in this game.
The Colts had a great season but it’s back to the drawing board as they didn’t reach their goal for 2009 which was to win the Super Bowl.