Saints March to Victory: Drew Brees Named MVP (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
The New Orleans Saints rallied in the second half against the Indianapolis Colts to capture their first Super Bowl victory 31-17. The boldness of coach Sean Payton, 46, and his aggressive play calling led the team to win Super Bowl XLIV, the first ever in the team's franchise history and the first in Payton's coaching career.
Named Super Bowl MVP was quarterback Drew Brees, who outdueled Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. Brees tied a Super Bowl record with 32 completions, finishing 32 of 39 for 288 yeards and two touchdowns -- both in the second half following a 10-6 deficit at the end of the first half. Check out the amazing performance by The Who during the Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show here.
After 43 years of futility, Brees insured that nobody questions the Saints ability any longer, delivering one of the finest quarterbacking performance ever delivered in a Super Bowl. He said, "I'm just feeling like it was all meant to be. What can I say? The birth of my son, and in the first year of his life we won a Super Bowl Championship."
He went on to say, "Eighty-five percent of the city was under water, all the residents evacuated all over the country, people never knowing if they were coming back or if New Orleans would come back. But not only the city came back, and the team came back ... when the players got there, we all looked at one another and said, "We're going to rebuild together. We leaned on each other. This is the culmination of that."
Brees' wife Brittany Brees gave birth to their son Braylen Robert Brees on January 15, 2009 -- Drew's 30th birthday. The one-year-old is seen in the top photo with his proud father. More family photos here.
View photos and the Lombardi trophy presentation video below: