MIAMI (AP) - They're celebrating Mardi Gras early in New Orleans. The underdog New Orleans Saints rallied with 15 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to shock the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 to win Super Bowl 44. It also marked the first Super Bowl appearance for Santa Maria native and St. Joseph alum Mark Brunell. The former Knight did not throw a pass but he was the holder for three Saints field goals and one extra point. The Saints, a symbol of hope in the rebuilding city of New Orleans, captured their first NFL title on the first trip to the Super Bowl in their 43-year history. Saints QB Drew Brees controlled the game and was named MVP. Brees completed 32 of 39 passes for 288 yards and two TDs, tying Tom Brady's Super Bowl record for completions. Brees went 7-for-7 on the go-ahead drive that ended with a 2-yard TD pass to tight end Jeremy Shockey with 5:42 left. The Saints gambled for a two-point conversion that worked when Lance Moore made a shoestring catch from Brees that gave the Saints a 24-17 lead. At first the two-point conversion was not ruled a catch, but that was overturned when Saints coach Sean Payton challenged the call. Holding the Super Bowl trophy, Brees said the Saints victory was"destiny" and added: "We knew we had an entire city and maybe an entire country behind us." A 74-yard interception touchdown by Tracy Porter with 3:12 left capped the game. Four-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning completed 31 of 45 passes for 333 yards with one TD and that one <b>...</b>
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