New Orleans Saints wrap up the regular season as the NFC South Champions, a
13-3 record, and the 3rd seed in the NFC Playoffs. In the regular
season finale against the Carolina Panthers the Saints won 45-17. Saints head
coach Sean Payton decided not to rest his starters and kept the momentum going
as the Saints ended the regular season with an 8 game winning streak. Drew
Brees picked up right where he left off as he threw for 389 yards with 5
touchdowns. Two of those touchdowns went to wide receiver Marques Colston who
finished with 145 yards, enough for Colston to finish the season with over
1,000 receiving yards (1,143 yards on the season).
Few would argue that offensively the
Saints are the most dominant team in the NFL, but their defense is respectable
and they showed in this last game as they held the Panthers to only 17 points.
Furthermore, the Saints’ defense forced 2 turnovers and held them to 301 total
net yards. Also, Cam Newton was only able to pass for 158 yards with a
touchdown and an interception.
Heading into the playoffs the Saints
are looking like an unstoppable juggernaut and if they can pair solid defense
with their dynamic offense they will make a deep run into the playoffs. The
Saints are the hottest team in the NFL right now and should give all the
Detroit Lions they can handle as the two teams play in the NFC Wildcard game