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Even after Porter's TD, Manning tried to rally the Colts. He moved them near the Saints' goal line, but a final pass to Wayne fell incomplete.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees, the beneficiary of Manning's pep talks while in college at Purdue, ran out the clock to start New Orleans' party.
Manning left the field without seeing Brees.
"I'll certainly talk to Drew," Manning said. "There's not much consolation for the guys that didn't win. There's the stage being set up and the celebration."
Manning wound up 31 for 45 for 333 yards and one touchdown. He finished one short of the Super Bowl record for completions set by Tom Brady and tied by Brees, though the one pass he threw to the Saints will be the one that fans remember.
"It's kind of a play we've run a lot. Porter made a heck of play," Manning said.
Said Porter: "The coaches did a great job of preparing us for that route."
Early in the fourth quarter, with the Colts holding a 17-16 lead, Manning floated a deep ball that fell incomplete near the goal line. He threw down a towel when he got to the bench.
Moments later, the giant video board showed his younger brother, Eli, in the crowd. Eli was the MVP of the Super Bowl two years ago as QB of the New York Giants, but there was no celebrating this time.
Most celebrities such as Jamie Foxx, Gloria Estefan and Scottie Pippen smiled when they showed up on the board. Not Eli. He merely looked straight ahead, a blank stare.
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