1. It boiled down to quarterback play just like it always does
Brees was named the game's MVP, and with the Saints hoisting the Vince Lombardi trophy for the first time since coming into existence in 1967, signing Brees as a free agent four years ago single-handedly changed the fate of an entire organization.
2. Rotating your running backs is the way to go these days
Although Matt Forte appears to be a good fit for Mike Martz's offense because he's a quality receiver out of the backfield, he's not Marshall Faulk and never will be.
3. Maybe you can design your D on getting takeaways after all
Even though quite a few Bears fans have grown to loathe Lovie Smith's version of the Cover 2, the fact remains it worked just fine in the division-title years of 2005 and 2006 when it was forcing a plethora of turnovers.
4. The need for a primary receiver in the passing game is overstated
Lance Moore made one of the biggest and certainly one of the most impressive plays of the game with his acrobatic grab of a two-point conversion pass, yet seven Saints had more catches in the regular season than he did.
5. Nothing wrong with being a little reckless as a head coach
Chicago's Smith, always one of the most conservative coaches on game day, would be wise to roll the dice a little more often and inspire the kind of confidence Payton has instilled in his own roster.
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