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The commercial — winner of the annual Ad Meter survey — featured veteran actors Betty White and Abe Vigoda playing full-contact backyard football. Other advertisers for included Homeaway Inc. Three advertisers in particular raised eyebrows with their choice to advertise during the Super Bowl.
One new advertiser, Focus on the Family ,  aired a commercial featuring Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and his mother that elicited criticism from some women's groups who demanded CBS cancel the ad because they claimed it would be divisive, under the impression that it would mention Tebow's mother was advised, for health issues, to abort her son Tim, but she chose to give birth to him.
In the first quarter, CBS aired the advertisement, which had not been pre-released to the public. One proposed sponsor, ManCrunch , a gay dating site that bills itself as a place "where many many many men come out to play", had expressed interest in purchasing a second advertisement. The ManCrunch advertisement would have depicted a male Green Bay Packers fan and a male Minnesota Vikings fan reaching into the same bowl of potato chips at the same time and, after a brief pause, begin to passionately kiss.
ManCrunch's ad, which has since been released to the public, was initially put on a waiting list before the network outright rejected it due to it violating CBS's broadcast standards. ManCrunch immediately accused CBS of discrimination. Some observers suspect that their advertisement was an attempt at ambush marketing and free publicity. Another ad for Bud Light which was rejected showed workers stripping down for a charity clothes drive in exchange for free beer.
All of the rejected ads were shown on YouTube. Among other rejected or modified ads were one for Electronic Arts ' Dante's Inferno , which had to be edited for content the closing phrase, originally intended to read "go to Hell", was replaced with "Hell awaits" , and GoDaddy's originally planned advertisement. On radio, Westwood One had the national English-language broadcast rights to the game in the United States and Canada.
Marv Albert play-by-play and Boomer Esiason color commentator called the game for the network; it was the last broadcast Albert would do for Westwood One, due to his desire to focus on his basketball coverage duties.
Retailers had ordered much more New Orleans Saints merchandise prior to the game than they had ordered Colts merchandise. The Saints won the coin toss and chose to receive, but their first possession resulted in a punt after going three-and-out. The Colts offense took the field for the first time, with the ball spotted at their own yard line. The Colts put together a drive that went 53 yards and resulted in a yard field goal by kicker Matt Stover.
Following the game's first score, Courtney Roby returned the ensuing kickoff to the New Orleans yard line. Approaching the yard line, Roby swooped into a dive and appeared to fumble the ball, but he was ruled down by contact.
This time, the Saints managed to get a first down with a yard completion from Drew Brees to Reggie Bush , but they were eventually forced to punt again. Punter Thomas Morstead pinned the Colts back at their own 4-yard line with a yard kick. Indianapolis responded with a yard scoring drive, tying the record for the longest drive in Super Bowl history.
The Saints' next drive carried over from the previous quarter. Brees completed three passes for 36 yards as the Saints advanced to the Colts' yard line.
But on third down, Brees was sacked for a 7-yard loss by Dwight Freeney , forcing New Orleans to settle for a yard field goal from Garrett Hartley. After scoring points on their first 2 drives, the Colts looked to add more, but Garcon dropped a pass on 3rd down. The Colts were forced to punt and the Saints took over driving down into Colt territory. They drove down the field to a 1st-and-goal at the Colts' 3-yard line.
A false start penalty set them back to the 8, and after getting a yard away from the end zone, they attempted 3rd and 4th down runs. They failed to convert both times. The Colts ran three straight running plays in an effort to wind down the clock and go to halftime with a seven-point lead, but the Saints kept the Colts from getting another first down.
Following Bush's 4-yard punt return to the New Orleans 48, with only one timeout left to use in the half, the Saints got back into field goal territory, and Hartley hit a yard field goal as time expired, with the Colts still leading 10—6. This was the first 10—6 halftime score in Super Bowl history. The Colts were set to receive the ball to start the second half, but were caught by surprise when the Saints executed an onside kick. This was the first onside kick attempted before the fourth quarter in Super Bowl history,  a play the Saints referred to as "Ambush.
Several players dove for the loose ball, creating a pile that took over a minute for the officiating crew to separate. When the dust finally cleared, linebacker Jonathan Casillas of New Orleans was officially credited with the recovery on the yard line, but Casillas and other Saints players insisted that it was actually safety Chris Reis who came up with the football. Brees completed five consecutive passes for 58 yards on the drive and capped it off with a 'check-down' pass on the right side to Pierre Thomas , who took it 16 yards to the end zone behind blocks from Jonathan Goodwin , Jahri Evans , Devery Henderson , Kyle Eckel , Carl Nicks , and Jeremy Shockey , to give the Saints their first lead of the game at 13— Manning and the Colts answered with their own touchdown drive, moving the ball 76 yards in ten plays.
Clark caught 3 passes for 45 yards, while Joseph Addai finished the drive off with a 4-yard touchdown run to put the Colts back on top 17—13 with 6: For just the second time in Super Bowl history both teams scored touchdowns on their initial possessions of the second half; the only other time occurred in Super Bowl XIV. Hartley would bring the Saints to within one point of tying the game at 17—16, with his third field goal, launched from 47 yards away. In doing so he became the first kicker in Super Bowl history to score three field goals of 40 or more yards in one game.
Indianapolis responded with a drive to the New Orleans yard line, only to have Stover miss a yard field goal attempt, giving the ball back to the Saints with good field position on their yard line. After that, Brees led the Saints on another touchdown drive featuring seven different players getting the ball. Bush started off the drive with a yard run, and then Devery Henderson caught a pass on the Colts' yard line.
Following an 8-yard catch and run by Bush, Brees completed passes to Colston, Robert Meachem and tight end David Thomas , moving the ball to the 5-yard line. After a 3-yard run by Pierre Thomas, Brees threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jeremy Shockey.
Rather than settle for a six-point lead, and risk a potential Colts game-winning touchdown, the Saints chanced a two-point conversion. Lance Moore received a pass and attempted to stretch the ball out over the goal line as he fell to the ground and rolled over on his head.
The ball was kicked away from his hands by defender Jacob Lacey , and the play was ruled an incomplete pass, prompting a coach's challenge from Sean Payton. After the review, the ruling on the field was overturned when it was determined that Moore maintained possession of the ball long enough and the ball had crossed the plane of the goal line for a successful conversion, giving the Saints a 24—17 advantage. On the ensuing drive, Manning led the Colts into Saints territory; however, Tracy Porter intercepted a pass by Manning at the Saints 26 for the first takeaway of the game and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown; following the successful extra point, the Saints' lead grew to 31—17 with 3: Now down by two possessions, the Colts needed a touchdown on their next drive to stay alive, though they still had all three of their timeouts to use.
They were able to drive to the New Orleans 3-yard line. When an offensive pass interference penalty on 1st and goal pushed them back 10 yards, the Colts got those 10 yards back on the next play. However, the next three plays saw a tipped pass that went off the goal post and incomplete, a loss of two yards on a rushing play, and a pass that went through the hands of wide receiver Reggie Wayne and incomplete, effectively sealing the win for the Saints.
Brees knelt the ball with 0: After the game, Brees said, "Four years ago, who ever thought this would be happening when 85 percent of the city was under water? Most people left not knowing if New Orleans would ever come back, or if the organization would ever come back.
We just all looked at one another and said, 'We are going to rebuild together. We are going to lean on each other. The Saints finished the next season with an 11—5 record, but failed to defend their league title after they were eliminated by the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card playoff round.
This alleged slush fund paid out bonuses, or "bounties", for in-game performance in violation of NFL rules, including deliberately injuring or knocking opposing players out of games.
The league responded with some of the most severe sanctions in the league's year history, and among the most severe punishments for an on-field incident in North American professional sports history. After that, the Colts plummeted to 2—14 after they lost Peyton Manning for the season to neck surgery. Manning was released following the season and signed with the Denver Broncos , with whom he won Super Bowl In and Indianapolis Colts season , they finished 8—8 and missed the playoffs both years, which was mostly because Andrew Luck missed 10 combined games due to various injuries.
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