Feb. 7, 2010
MIAMI, Fla. -- Four former members of the University of Michigan football program helped the New Orleans Saints claim their first Vince Lombardi Trophy as Super Bowl XLIV champions with 31-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday evening (Feb. 7) at Sun Life Stadium. The Saints erased a 10-0 first-quarter deficit and scored on a 74-yard interception return with 2:28 remaining and held on another late possession to claim their first world championship.
The Wolverine program was represented by six players in the NFL championship game. The Saints roster includes center Jonathan Goodwin (1999-2002) and wide receiver Adrian Arrington (2004-07) on the field and assistant coaches Mike Mallory (1982-85) and Terry Malone (1997-2005). The Colts roster boasts running back Mike Hart (2004-07) and cornerback Marlin Jackson (2001-04).
Goodwin started at center and played all 58 offensive snaps in the contest, helping the offense score on five drives (three field goals and two touchdowns). Arrington warmed up but was inactive for the game.
On the sidelines coaching for the Saints was a pair of former Wolverines -- linebacker Mallory and former offensive line coach and offensive coordinator Malone. Mallory is in the second season as the assistant special teams coach and Malone is in his fourth season as the Saints' tight end coach.
Hart played tailback and fullback during the contest. He was on the field during the Colts 96-yard touchdown drive during the first stanza and saw action on two others series. Hart carried the ball for four yards from the Colts' one-yard line after the defense held on a fourth-down play with under two minutes left in the first half. He added a third-down run on the same series that was stopped for no gain. Jackson is on the Colts' injured reserve after hurting his knee four games into the season.
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