Go Back   New Orleans Saints - blackandgold.com > Main > Saints

The Myth of “Ambush”

this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; I see his point. According to America, the most memorable play in Saints history is “Ambush,” the onsides kick Sean Payton called to open the second half of Super Bowl XLIV. A February 8, 2010 headline from NJ.com, the New ...

Like Tree21Likes

Closed Thread
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-11-2014, 09:38 PM   #1
SaintsWillWin
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Shreveport,Louisiana
Posts: 10,439
The Myth of “Ambush”

I see his point.

According to America, the most memorable play in Saints history is “Ambush,” the onsides kick Sean Payton called to open the second half of Super Bowl XLIV. A February 8, 2010 headline from NJ.com, the New Jersey Star-Ledger website, sums up how “Ambush” is popularly viewed: “Saints’ successful onsides kick shocks Colts, changes momentum of Super Bowl.” This popular view explains why America voted the way it did.

It’s also wrong.

It’s wrong because the Saints had taken over whatever we mean when we talk about momentum well before the onsides kick ever happened. In fact, from the start of the Saints’ first scoring drive, which began with 36 seconds left in the first quarter, through the end of the first half, the Saints outgained the Colts 157 yards to 15. They scored a field goal, had a long drive end on downs at the Colts’ one yard line, and then scored another field goal. Meanwhile, the Colts punted.

The Myth of "Ambush" | B&G

"A Veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America" for an amount of "up to and including my life."
WhoDat!656 is offline  
Latest Blogs
REFUND Last Blog: 12-07-2014 By: xan




Saints: A glimpse of the future Last Blog: 11-19-2014 By: lee909


Old 07-11-2014, 09:48 PM   #2
500th Post
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 604
Re: The Myth of “Ambush”

I gotta be honest, I feel like the onside kick got WAYYYY too much credit for the Saints's victory as well. To me it was more of just a "big moment" (not too different from Lance Moore's great catch for the 2 point conversion).
ScottF and ChrisXVI like this.
TheGambler is offline  
Old 07-11-2014, 09:53 PM   #3
1000 Posts +
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 2,088
Re: The Myth of “Ambush”

Yes, the momentum swing started with the drive that ended up short of the end zone. Mike Bell slipped, then we went on 4th down and PT got stuffed (IIRC). Had the Colts pinned back deep in their territory, held them inside there and because of that wound up with good field position when they punted deep in their own territory. Drew and the offense did their typical 2-minute thing and got 3 points before the half.
Jack Vegas is offline  
Old 07-12-2014, 12:18 AM   #4
100th Post
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Southern California
Posts: 260
Re: The Myth of “Ambush”

Got to say though I just re watched that game last night on dvr, but that AMBUSH just seemed to demoralize that colts team completely plus it kept manning warming the bench for much longer than he anticipated.
spkb25, 44Champs and aintasinner like this.
AliJee is offline  
Old 07-12-2014, 12:30 AM   #5
SaintsWillWin
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Shreveport,Louisiana
Posts: 10,439
Re: The Myth of “Ambush”

I have always wondered how much differently that game would have played out if Bell had scored.
WhoDat!656 is offline  
Old 07-12-2014, 01:00 AM   #6
1000 Posts +
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Pensacola, FL
Posts: 1,513
Re: The Myth of “Ambush”

Totally wrong call for best play ever. Not even second best. Typical of the general public who know nothing.
ChrisXVI is online now  
Old 07-12-2014, 01:06 AM   #7
WDN Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Travis AFB, CA
Posts: 106
Re: The Myth of “Ambush”

I think if Bell scored we still would have kicked the "Ambush".
WhoDat2301 is offline  
Old 07-12-2014, 04:02 AM   #8
100th Post
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: London, England
Posts: 325
Re: The Myth of “Ambush”

Isn't it about the most memorable play? If it is, then it is for me and I will tell you why; For me, it was the culmination of an amazing year full of great things (I got married on All Saints Day and we jokingly said 'wouldn't it be funny if the Saints got us the Lombardi as a wedding present')and as it was The Superbowl, which we watched in Broussard's on Conti so was the most memorable time, and as it was so unexpected it really sticks out so that's why I view it as such. So, was it the BEST play? Probably not but the most memorable? Hmm...still contentious as all these kinds of polls are but a contender nonetheless. And ChrisXVI, to say the general public know nothing is a little unfair.
aintasinner likes this.
SaintGup is offline  
Old 07-12-2014, 04:23 AM   #9
1000 Posts +
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 1,123
Blog Entries: 2
Re: The Myth of “Ambush”

I agree with those saying that the onside kick play has been a tad bit overrated. In fact, I wasn't even aware that anyone voted it the most memorable play in team history, until just now.

How can Tracy Porter's interception return against Manning not be the most memorable play? It was far more dramatic and exciting, and, oh yeah, it clinched the freaking Superbowl for us!

Garret Hartley's kick that put us in the Superbowl in the first place was more memorable than the onside kick. Don't get me wrong, it was a good play and I was pumped just like anyone would be. But after all is said and done, that play doesn't stand out a whole lot for me.
Danno likes this.

If I had a nickel for every time I heard that, the NFL would fine and suspend me.
burningmetal is offline  
Old 07-12-2014, 07:06 AM   #10
1000 Posts +
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Nottinghamshire, UK
Posts: 4,691
Re: The Myth of “Ambush”

I don't agree that ambush was overrated at all

The colts offense was moving the ball easily against us in the first half, fair enough they were settling for field goals but we didn't score one TD in the first half

Our offense got in sync late in the first half but settled for two field goals, ambush not only demoralised the colts but kept our offense in sync by putting them straight back out on the field

If the colts recover that they are at our 30 yard line, ballsiest call by a coach and in no way overrated in my opinion

"Ryan......INTERCEPTED....going back the other way with Jabari Greer......TOUCHDOWN....KILLER TOUCHDOWN for the saints!!!"
dizzle88 is online now  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules

LinkBacks (?)
LinkBack to this Thread: http://blackandgold.com/saints/66779-myth-ambush.html
Posted By For Type Date Hits
The Latest New Orleans Saints News | SportSpyder This thread Refback 07-11-2014 10:05 PM 3
The Myth of “Ambush” This thread Refback 07-11-2014 09:40 PM 30


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:27 AM.


Copyright 1997 - 2014 - BlackandGold.com
no new posts