The New Orleans Saints definitely had a home welcoming at the dome Sunday night. This was the first game since the Louisiana Superdome was renamed the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints showed that they were ready to defeat the Indianapolis Colts in the start of the first quarter.
For the first time as head coach Sean Payton spent the whole game in the coaches’ booth. He called every play from the booth, and he had an amazing game. Even though they did not have Payton on the sideline they showed that they could work as a team with or without him there.
In the first quarter the Colts fumbled the ball, and Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma recovered it. Then Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw a 14-yard touchdown, and that was the first of many touchdowns. The Saints scored 21 points in the first quarter, and neither did the Colts force them into third down plays.
The Saints scored the most of any team this season overcoming the Green Bay’s 49-23 win over Denver on October 2. By the time the third quarter came many people had left because the score was 34-7. Chase Daniel replaced Brees in the end of the third quarter. Mark Ingram rushed 91 yards on 18 carries, but he limped to the locker room early in the fourth quarter. Darren Sproles 12 times for 88 yards, which included a 16-yard touchdown.
New Orleans had 557 yards and a team-record of 36 first downs. Colts quarterback Curtis Painter was only 9 of 17 for 67 yards, and an interception that allowed the Saints cornerback Leigh Torrence to score a touchdown. For the seventh game this season, Colts main quarterback Peyton Manning had to watch on the sideline due to a neck injury.
It is definitely had for Manning to have to watch his team’s poor performance, but it was even harder to have to watch in his hometown. The Colts looked like the old Saints, which was the team that his father, Archie Manning, played for three decades ago.
The Saints definitely looked like the team that played the Colts in the Superbowl in 2010. They set the franchise record for points, and they are back on top for the NFC division. After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost 24-18 against the Chicago Bears they are placed back at second. The Saints will travel to St. Louis to take on the St. Louis Rams. They will be taking on yet another team that is 0-6 let us see if the Saints can score just as many points as they did against the Colts.
About the Author
Written by Brooke Adams
I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. I am currently a senior at Xavier University of Louisiana. I am majoring in communications (broadcasting). I write for the school newspaper as well as write for the newscast. I am a reporter for XTV news. I hope to one day be a sports reporter for a professional sports team or work as a sports reporter for a news station.