In my previous post I outlined how the Indianapolis Colts had received so much from their rookies. I made the comparison to the 2007 Giants team that won the Super Bowl at least partially due to the play of their stellar rookie class.
Ironically enough, it was the Saints' rookies that played the larger role in determining the Super Bowl, however.
First round pick Malcolm Jenkins had a strong game after missing most of the past two playoff games with a hamstring injury. His secure open field tackling helped limit the Colts' receivers to quick catches and little yards after the grab.
The most important rookie, of course, was punter Thomas Morstead, the team's 5th round (and final) pick. Not only was it his leg that squibbed the onside kick felt around the world, he also performed well in his normal duty, averaging 44 yards a punt, pinning the Colts inside their 20 and kicking high enough to allow zero punt return yardage from Indianapolis.