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I thought Peyton Manning was just too good, but then Drew Brees did what he has done his entire career, overcoming the odds to lead his New Orleans Saints to a 31 – 17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV.

Drew Brees was the Super Bowl MVP with a 114.5 passer rating. (Ben Liebenberg /NFL.com)

Brees earned MVP honors while tying a Super Bowl record for most completions (32) and head coach Sean Payton called the gutsiest Super Bowl game ever. Brees’ final numbers were 32/39 for 288 YDS and 2 TD passes. He is the Ray Lewis of quarterbacks, being a vocal leader and energy guy who isn’t afraid to front the charge.

The Saints deserved this game because they went after a perfect-season. The Dallas Cowboys woke them up with a powerful punch to the jaw and ended that dream, but also alerted the Saints to the chinks in the armor. It was there that Sean Payton did his thing and righted the ship, even if that Saints didn’t go full-tilt for the end of the regular season.

I truly believe his team trusted him and the organization that much more because the Saints, as a team, attempted to go after a perfect season.

And I hope Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams received a game ball . Holding Manning and the Colts to 17-points and driving the dagger into the midwest’s heart when Tracy Porter jumped a Reggie Wayne route, intercepted the pass and returned it 74-yards for the clinching score, was incredible.

Congratulations to Tom Benson and his family, the entire Saints organization, the city of New Orleans and state of Louisiana.

And thank you to CBS for great coverage of the game. Jim Nantz and Phil Simms made it about the game and the teams involved, and they did it well.

And at this point, the Ravens are once again tied for the best record in the NFL. Let the 2010 season begin.