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Hall of Fame quarterback showdown: Peyton Manning's Colts are set to take on underrated Drew Brees' Saints
Travis Borchardt
Antelope Staff
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The Super Bowl will be televised on Sunday at 5 p.m. on CBS.

This Super Bowl will feature two possible Hall of Fame quarterbacks looking to lead their teams to the ultimate football goal, a world championship.

The Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback, Peyton Manning, comes into the matchup with one Super Bowl ring already on his finger. His counterpart New Orleans Saints quarterback, Drew Brees, is taking his team to their first Super Bowl in franchise history.  

Manning, ranked sixth in the NFL for quarterbacks, has thrown 16 interceptions, but has also thrown 33 touchdowns with a 68.8 percent completion rate and finished the season with a quarterback rating of 99.9.

Brees is ranked first in the NFL, throwing 11 interceptions with 34 touchdowns and a completion rate of 70.6 percent. Brees finished the season with a quarterback rating of 109.6. These two precision passers will look to carve up the defense and put up some great numbers.

If you are a fan of offensive shows, this could be the Super Bowl for you. The Colts came into the playoffs ranked second in the league in passing, throwing for 282.2 yards per game with a completion percentage of 66.9 percent. They were also an explosive offense. The Colts had eight plays over 40 yards and 62 plays go for over 20 yards through the air. Their opponent in this matchup seems to be firing on all cylinders. The Saints entered the playoffs ranked fourth in passing with a completion rate of 69.5 percent and averaging 272.2 yards passing per game.

The real difference in this game, however, could come down to the running attack of the Saints. They were ranked sixth in the league averaging 131.6 yards per game and 4.5 yards per run. The Colts, on the other hand, should be embarrassed by their rushing numbers. Indianapolis is ranked dead last in the rushing attack with a paltry 80.9 yards per regular season game and 3.5 yards per run.

Coaches and sports fans often say that defense wins championships. That may be more true on Sunday than ever— one stop could determine the outcome of the game. Neither team is ranked in the top 10 in passing defense and are barely in the top 25 in the run defense.

New Orleans is plus 11 in the turnover column for the regular season while the Colts finished the season at plus two. Turnovers are what separate the Saints' defense from the Colts' defense and could prove to be the deciding factor and the difference between lifting the Lombardi Trophy high above the victory stage or walking back to the locker room as your opponents' celebration goes on all around with confetti adding to the sting of defeat.


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