Payton’s onside game pays off for Saints
The kick changed momentum, kept Manning sidelined.

MIAMI – New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said he planned all along to call an onside kick in the Super Bowl.

He just wanted to find the perfect moment.

Mission accomplished.

Everyone in Sun Life Stadium – and certainly everyone on the Indianapolis Colts’ sideline – expected the Colts to stage a scoring drive when they got the ball on the kickoff to open the second half of the Saints’ 31-17 win over the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV on Sunday night.

At the time, the Colts led 10-6. A touchdown drive would push the lead back to 11 points and put the burden and pressure squarely on the Saints.