Miami rain not on radar for Colts, Saints

Updated: February 6, 2010, 11:13 AM ET
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An unprecedented rainstorm delivered the setting for the Indianapolis Colts' Super Bowl championship three years ago in Miami at the same stadium where they'll vie for another.

Weather won't be a factor Sunday if forecasts hold true.

Indications are that Super Bowl XLIV will be dry, and played in cool air by South Florida standards, in stark contrast to the atmosphere for the Colts' 29-17 win over the Bears in 2007, the first time rain had fallen throughout a Super Bowl.

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Brian Bahr/Getty ImagesThe Colts overcame a steady rain at Dolphin Stadium three years ago to beat the Bears in Super Bowl XLI.

Forecasters say a cold front is expected to bring a chance of rain Saturday, especially in the morning.

Saturday night should have a low of about 50 degrees, and the projected temperature Sunday for the 6:25 p.m. ET kickoff is 66 degrees, a few degrees below normal for this time of year in the Miami area.

By game's end, the temperature could fall into the upper 50s, which might seem downright balmy by Indianapolis' standards for February.

The Colts' Peyton Manning is attempting to join a short list of quarterbacks, including John Elway, Terry Bradshaw, Tom Brady and Joe Montana, to win more than one Super Bowl.

Manning weathered the storm in his first Super Bowl triumph, overcoming an interception and two near-pickoffs in the Colts' first drive of the game.

"We'll get prepared for it just in case we have to deal with some of the same issues we had to deal with last time," Colts coach Jim Caldwell said Monday.

Information from The Associated Press and STATS LLC was used in this report.