For the first time, the two NFL teams seeded No.1 at the beginning of the season – the NFC’s New Orleans Saints and AFC’s Indianapolis Colts – will compete in the Super Bowl.
A 40-yard field goal in overtime by a little-known kicker could become as famous as jambalaya in these parts. The New Orleans Saints, a team with no home and an uncertain future five years ago, are heading for their first Super Bowl. By battering Brett Favre and beating the Minnesota Vikings 31-28 Sunday, they set off celebrations on Bourbon Street that locals never could have imagined in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
In Indianapolis, the jubilation was just a great as four-time MVP Peyton Manning led his team back to the big game for a fourth time. He threw three touchdown passes and the Colts rallied from an 11-point, first-half deficit to beat the New York Jets 30-17 Sunday in the AFC championship game.