Behind the numbers
Every day this week, NFL.com will break down a different statistical trend to monitor in
Super Bowl XLIV.
Monday:Brees vs. Manning
» Tuesday: Pressuring the QB
» Wednesday: Rushing breakdown
» Thursday: Positive turnover differential
» Friday: Average starting field position
» Saturday:Super Bowl experience
» Sunday: Breaking down the kickers
The Saints tied for the 13th best in the league with 35 sacks, a number that won't strike much fear in Manning or his teammates.
With the Colts preparing to play without Freeney, they have reason to be concerned themselves. Indianapolis' 34 sacks in the regular season ranked 16th in the league, and its pass rush will surely take a blow if Freeney is unable to play.
The Colts' all-time sack leader, who is listed as questionable, recorded 13.5 sacks in 14 regular-season games this season. Freeney has eight sacks in 14 playoff games, but is still looking for his first sack of the 2009 postseason. Whether or not he will have his chance isn't likely to be determined until Sunday.