Brees passed for 288 yards and two touchdowns and was named the game's MVP. Tim Berry, a Purdue graduate who watched the game at Jillian's in downtown Indianapolis, is a Colts fan who said he could live with Brees winning a ring.
The atmosphere throughout Indianapolis was festive well before the game. Blue jerseys and shirts were the Sunday best for members of Circle City Church in northeast Indianapolis. Bars, especially those downtown, had large crowds.
"Going into the season, no one thought the Colts could get this far with all the changes they made," said Arlindo Chimbanda, who lives in Indianapolis.
The mood at Jillian's varied. When the Saints recovered an onside kick to start the second half, it was nearly silent.
The crowd got excited again when Joseph Addai scored on a 4-yard run in the third quarter to put the Colts up 17-13.
The crowd buzzed as the Colts entered the fourth quarter up 17-16. So many times this season, Manning came through in the final 15 minutes.
"I would like to see Peyton Manning go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time," Cord Hale said before the game. "Rings do matter when you look back in history."
Some fans believe Manning will have another shot.
"I do hate that they lost, I really do," Joyner said. "But we will be back. Saints, I don't know about that, but we will be back."
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