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Tony Dungy: Pierre Garcon’s drop was game’s turning point

Former Colts coach Tony Dungy said last week that he’d be “absolutely shocked” if the Colts lost, and that he didn’t think the game would be close.

Discussing the Saints’ win today on The Dan Patrick Show, Dungy said it turned out differently than he expected because the Colts made more mistakes than he expected. And Dungy said the biggest mistake was a dropped pass by Colts wide receiver Pierre Garcon.

“The biggest play of the game for me was in the second quarter when the Colts had the lead, they were up 10-3, and Pierre Garcon dropped a third down pass,” Dungy said. “I think if Pierre had caught that ball they would probably go ahead, move on, and maybe be up 13-3 or possibly 17-3. That’s the one, I think, that really allowed New Orleans back in it.”

Dungy said he sympathizes with the Colts’ players and coaches, knowing that coming up short in the Super Bowl is what will be remembered.

“You feel sad for them,” Dungy said. “They had a great year but it’ll be remembered as a disappointing year.”