Biggs: Who dat! Saints are world champions

The New Orleans Saints became the first team in 22 Super Bowls to rally from a 10-point deficit and capture a Lombardi Trophy tonight.

With guile, heart and the accuracy of Drew Brees, the Saints are Super Bowl champions for the first time after stunning the favorite Indianapolis Colts 31-17 in Super Bowl XLIV at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. Brees was named MVP as he tied a Super Bowl record with 32 completions, including a two-yard touchdown toss to Jeremy Shockey to put New Orleans ahead with 5:42 to play.

Cornerback Tracy Porter intercepted Peyton Manning on the next series and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown to ice the game and send Bourbon Street and the city ravaged by Hurricane Katrina five years ago into hysterics.

It was another huge play for Porter, who picked off Minnesota’s Brett Favre late in the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship Game to force overtime.

Indianapolis controlled the game from the start, running the ball with Joseph Addai. The Colts stuffed New Orleans at the goalline on fourth down at the end of the first half and Indianapolis took a 10-6 lead into intermission. The Colts were poised to get the ball to start the second half but Saints coach Sean Payton called a gutsy onside kick and New Orleans recovered, setting the table for the comeback.

The party in New Orleans will rage on. The parade starts at the Superdome Tuesday night.

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