Indianapolis - The Colts return to Indy from their Super Bowl loss in Miami at around 3:15 pm today. The team will not arrive in the main airport terminal, however. Colts management says they do not have any events planned for the team's return and says media is not welcome at their building.
There was an eerie silence in Indianapolis Sunday night as Super Bowl XLIV drew to a close. Colts fans who had gathered at local bars and restaurants watched in disbelief as their beloved team fell to the Saints, 31-17.
In Miami, Saints fans seemed to outnumber Colts supporters. But many Colts fans leaving Sun Life Stadium told Eyewitness News they were still proud of their team for making it all the way to the Super Bowl.
At the Blue Crew Bar on 96th Street, disappointed fans headed home early.
One fan, Chet, told us many fans turned up at 9:00 am to celebrate.
"They've been looking forward to this game for a long, long time, so it's really disappointing to see that. I'm as big a fan as anybody else and I'm as disappointed as anybody else. But on the other hand, I've gotta give New Orleans a lot of credit. They really played better than we did tonight."
Chet said the turning point was the fourth quarter interception.
"The momentum was already building up in the second quarter but I think that was a killer for us," he added. Still, "even though we feel down about it right now, we've still got one of the greatest teams in the world."
Melissa was one of those fans at the Blue Crew Bar all day cheering on the Colts.
"I just think [the Saints] played a better game, unfortunately. Even so, you can't criticize the Colts. They've done wonderfully all year long," she said.
"I held out for as long as I could being the optimist that I am, but in the end we just tried as hard as we could. It just wasn't our game."