That's The Trick
Trailing 10--6 in Super Bowl XLIV in Miami on Sunday, the Saints shocked the Colts by starting the third quarter with an onside kick by Thomas Morstead (6, standing at top center). The ball ricocheted off Indianapolis receiver Hank Baskett (81, on knees at top right) and was recovered by New Orleans safety Chris Reis (39, on 40-yard line) at the Saints' 42-yard line. The surprising call led to a touchdown six plays later and helped propel New Orleans to a 31--17 victory (page 30).
Shock And Ow
Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey got bent out of shape by Colts safeties Melvin Bullitt (33) and Aaron Francisco (43) but held on to the ball for a four-yard reception in the third quarter. Shockey, who played for the Giants but was on injured reserve when New York won Super Bowl XLII, caught three passes for 13 yards and one touchdown to win his second ring.
As soon as the Super Bowl ended, Saints fans poured onto Bourbon Street in New Orleans to begin Mardi Gras nine days early. Tens of thousands of people flooded the French Quarter and caroused until the wee hours of the morning as the city celebrated the first title in the NFL franchise's 43-year history.