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How our reporters, columnists and editors saw the Saints' 31-17 win over the Colts:

Mike Preston: The Saints are a super resilient team with a gutsy, aggressive head coach.

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Jamison Hensley: Payton came to win. That is, New Orleans coach Sean Payton. His aggressive mindset -- that brilliant onside kick -- set the tone in the second half. And Peyton Manning will be questioned again for flinching under pressure in a big game.

Peter Schmuck: Sean Payton gambled and won one the hard way for the Big Easy.

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Ken Murray: The best quarterback won the Super Bowl tonight, and it wasn't Peyton Manning. Drew Brees' passing game was dominating, and defensive coordinator Greg Williams threw a masterful game plan at Manning to lift the Saints to their stunning 31-17 upset in the Super Bowl. Manning handled the Saints' pressure, but when they dropped more players into coverage, he made his biggest mistakes. The absence of Dwight Freeney as a pass-rush threat allowed Brees to control the game and keep Manning off the field for huge chunks of the evening.

Kevin Van Valkenburg: I've always been suspicious that Peyton Manning's reputation as a clutch performer was a house built on sand. You aren't in the discussion of "Greatest Quarterbacks Ever" if you throw a fourth-quarter interception in the Super Bowl with your team down seven points. But this game will be remembered for Sean Payton's stones and for Drew Brees' poise. A well-deserved upset.

Kevin Cowherd: Saints coach Sean Payton proves to be a riverboat gambler, Peyton Manning proves he's human by throwing a disastrous fourth-quarter pick and they're dancing on Bourbon Street.

Ron Fritz: It's gonna be one helluva party in New Orleans, and deservedly so. The Saints took the Colts' best shots and punched right back, making the biggest plays when it counted.

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