Given the offenses' penchant for dropping 40 points on hapless defenses, many are speculating that a track meet will break out at Sun Life Stadium.
Whether it is a backup receiver making a critical play on a third-down situation or a lightly regarded offensive lineman shutting out a Pro Bowl rusher, the magnificent play of an obscure player will ultimately determine the winner in this game.
Saints: Jermon Bushrod, left tackle
The third-year pro stepped in for an injured Pro Bowl player (Jammal Brown) at left tackle and capably manned Brees' blind side. However, Bushrod suffered through some tough times when matched up against elite rushers on the edge. DeMarcus Ware ran past the overmatched Bushrod on the way to tallying two sacks and two forced fumbles in the Cowboys' Week 15 victory in New Orleans.
Colts: Joseph Addai, running back
The Colts' 32nd-ranked run offense doesn't strike fear in most of their opponents, but the unexpected production of Addai could give the team an added dimension. The fourth-year pro rushed for 80 yards (on 16 carries) in the AFC Championship Game, and his ability to grind out positive yardage on the ground alleviated the pressure on Manning in the pocket.