With arguably the two best quarterbacks in the league going head-to-head and two teams that lean heavily on the pass, all signs point to Super Bowl XLIV turning into a shootout.
But for all the attention being paid to the prolific passing attacks of Indianapolis and New Orleans, it may be the team that can produce more on the ground that comes out victorious in Super Bowl XLIV.
Behind the numbers
Every day this week, NFL.com will break down a different statistical trend to monitor in [Super Bowl](http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/47) XLIV.
» Thursday: Positive turnover differential
» Friday: Average starting field position
» Saturday:Super Bowl experience
» Sunday: Breaking down the kickers
After all, the team with more rushing yards is 36-7 in the Super Bowl. The offensive coordinator that has dialed up more running plays than the opponent is 37-4 in the big game.
While the Saints have demonstrated the capacity for offensive balance, it has yet to be determined if the Colts have any desire to do anything but pass. Indianapolis finished the regular season with the 32nd-ranked rushing attack, and is only the second team in NFL history to make the Super Bowl with the league's worst ground game. Arizona was the first last season. The Cardinals made it all the way to Super Bowl XLIII, but rushed just 12 times for 33 yards in a 27-23 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.