Super Bowl XLIV (44)
New Orleans Saints:
Half Time Show
Headliner: The Who
Sun Life Stadium
Miami Gardens, FL
Date: August 21, 1970
New Orleans Saints
Super Bowl XLIV will be the 44th annual edition of the Super Bowl in American football, and the 40th annual championship game of the modern-era National Football League (NFL). The game will be played at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. This marks the tenth time a Super Bowl will have played in the Miami metro area: five times the game has been held at Dolphin Stadium; the other five were played at the Orange Bowl. The league has not explicitly announced the precise date but has stated that the 2010 Pro Bowl will be played on January 31 of that year, and also that date will be one week before the Super Bowl, which means that Super Bowl will be played on February 7, 2010. The game will be televised in the United States on CBS, which will celebrate coverage of its 50th NFL season (1956-93; 1998-present). It also broadcast the most recent Super Bowl held in Miami, Florida (XLI).
This will be the first Super Bowl telecast solely digitally in the United States after the U.S. digital transition on February 17, 2009 or a later date in 2009.
Host selection process
The league initially voted on March 23, 2005 that New York City host the game, contingent on the completion of the proposed West Side Stadium being built for the New York Jets by 2008. After New York state government officials declined to approve $300 million for the stadium, the NFL decided to reopen the bidding for the game's site. The league then reconsidered the other, unsuccessful candidates for Super Bowl XLIII: Atlanta, Georgia, Houston, Texas, and Miami, Florida. On October 6, 2008, the league selected Miami as the host city.
With Tampa as the host of Super Bowl XLIII, Super Bowl XLIV will mark the third time that consecutive Super Bowls have been played in the same state. Super Bowls II and III were both played at the Orange Bowl. Super Bowls XXI and XXII were both played in California: XXI at Pasadena's Rose Bowl Stadium and XXII at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium.
Miami will become the first city to host two Super Bowls designated as a National Security Special Event (NSSE). In the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, every Super Bowl since Super Bowl XXXVI has been designated as an NSSE. Super Bowl XLI was Miami Gardens' first Super Bowl designated as an NSSE.
Carrie Underwood has been given the honor of belting out the national anthem at Super Bowl XLIV. Which means American Idol's most successful artist is on track to become its most watched.
More than 151 million viewers tuned into the gridiron face-off last year, with similar figures expected on Feb. 7, when the Indianapolis Colts take on the New Orleans Saints.
The NFL today also announced that Queen Latifah will be on hand to croon "America the Beautiful," while the previously announced The Who take on halftime duties.
Super Bowl XLIV Recap
The New Orleans Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts by a score of 31-17, earning their first Super Bowl win. Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who completed 32 of 39 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns, was named the Super Bowl MVP. His 32 completions tied a Super Bowl record set by Tom Brady in Super Bowl XXXVIII.
The game was played at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, and the game's kickoff took place at 6:28 p.m. EST (23:28 UTC) on February 7, 2010, the latest calendar date for a Super Bowl yet. The game was the Saints' first Super Bowl appearance and the fourth for the Colts franchise. Coincidentally, all four of the Colts' Super Bowl games have been played in Miami, with their first two games in the former Miami Orange Bowl and the last two in the current Miami stadium (which has changed names several times since its opening, most recently in January 2010).
The Saints entered the game with a 13-3 record for the 2009 regular season, compared to the Colts' 14-2 record. In the playoff games, both teams had a 1st round bye. The Colts entered the Super Bowl off of 20-3 and 30-17 victories, while the Saints advanced with scores of 45-14 and 31-28 (in overtime), defeating last year's runners up the Arizona Cardinals in their first game. The Pittsburgh Steelers, as defending champions, failed to make the playoffs based on tiebreakers. It was the first time since Super Bowl XXVIII (16 years previously) that both number one seeds have reached the Super Bowl. The Saints' head coach was Sean Payton, having joined from the Dallas Cowboys in 2006, while his opposing head coach Jim Caldwell was appointed the Colts head coach in 2009 having joined them in 2002 as assistant head coach.
It was the tenth time the Super Bowl has been held in Miami at the home stadium of the Miami Dolphins: the now-Sun Life Stadium had hosted four previous Super Bowls (XXIII, XXIX, XXXIII, and XLI) and five were played in the Dolphins' now demolished former home, the Miami Orange Bowl (II, III, V, X, XIII). The game was broadcast live on CBS, and the halftime show featured the English rock band The Who.
Per convention as an even numbered Super Bowl, the Colts as the AFC representatives had the home team designation, wearing blue jerseys with white pants, while the Saints (who wore their white jerseys in several home games this year) wore white jerseys with gold pants. The Saints victory extended the white jersey winning streak to six, dating back to Super Bowl XXXIX, while the Colts dropped to 0-2 all-time wearing their blue jerseys, the other loss being their infamous loss to the New York Jets in Super Bowl III.
The victory made the Saints the first NFC team to win a Super Bowl following a Super Bowl win by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Oakland Raiders (twice, in 1977 and 1981), the Colts in Super Bowl XLI, and the Steelers themselves in 1976 and 1980 were the other such winners.