Porter’s Homework Pays Off with Games Biggest Play

It was the signature play of Super Bowl XLIV, as Louisiana native clinched the New Orleans Saints first ever Super Bowl title with a 74-yard pick pocket of Peyton Manning that went the distance to give New Orleans a 31-17 lead in the fourth quarter. It was a lead that would stand out, and one that Porter says came with plenty of study.

“It was great film study. We knew that on third-and-short they stack, and they like the outside release for the slant,” Porter said. “It was great film study by me, a great jump and a great play.”

Porter jumped in front of Reggie Wayne, and there was little question that the moment he had the ball in his hands that he was going to go the distance for the two touchdown lead. “When I saw my blockers in front of me and only Peyton (Manning) and the offensive linemen left,” Porter said. “I cut back and ran it in.”

While Drew Brees was the MVP, and rightfully so, it was Porter’s play that will get replayed time after time as the play that brought the city of New Orleans their first title. “It means so much,” Porter said. “Words can’t describe how much this means for New Orleans. I am a Louisiana native, and this is real big.”

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