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The New Orleans Saints won their first Super Bowl in franchise history on Sunday night when they defeated the Indianapolis Colts by a score of 31-17 in Super Bowl XLIV. Saints head coach Sean Payton, who made several high-risk, high-reward decisions throughout the game that helped his team to win its first ever Super Bowl, told reporters on Monday that he slept with the Vince Lombardi Trophy on Sunday night.
While speaking at the podium of the NFL media center on Monday, Payton spoke to the media and addressed his satisfying night of sleep on Sunday night by saying, “[The Vince Lombardi Trophy] laid in my bed next to me last night, I probably drooled on it."
Payton misfired on a controversial decision to go for it on a fourth and goal from the Colts one-yard line towards the end of the first half when Saints running back Pierre Thomas was stopped by linebacker Gary Brackett shy of the end zone. However, he did not alter his incredibly aggressive game plan as a result of the failed fourth down conversion as evidenced by his decision to go for an onside kick at the start of the second half.
The Saints recovered the onside kick and opened the second half with a touchdown drive that swung the momentum of the game in their favor. Payton became the first head coach in Super Bowl history to call for an onside kick prior to the fourth quarter.