Although the Chicago Bears gave it their all and fought till the very end, the New Orleans Saints came away with a victory and remain unbeaten after their Week 5 tilt. This was a great win for the Saints as they have not fared very well playing at Soldier Field against the Bears in recent years. New Orleans lost the NFC Championship game during the 2006 season and also lost regular season games in 2007 and 2008. Prior to today, dating back to his days with the San Diego Chargers, quarterback Drew Brees was 0-4 playing there as well.
Not only was this victory against Chicago in their home stadium a great hump to get over, but it also preserved the Saints’ perfect season as other perfect teams fell. The New England Patriots fell to 4-1 after a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, and Tom Brady‘s consecutive games with a touchdown streak was halted at 52 as well, preserving the record of 54, currently held by Brees.
The previously unbeaten Seattle Seahawks lost to the Indianapolis Colts in Indy, leaving only New Orleans and the Kansas City Chiefs with perfect records intact after the early games were over. The Denver Broncos, the only other undefeated team in the AFC, engaged in a battle with the Dallas Cowboys in Jerry World, pulling out a win in the fourth quarter.
This is again eerily similar to the lead up to Super Bowl of the 2009 season, when Peyton Manning‘s Colts started the season 14-0 before losing their final two games, and the Saints started 13-0 before going on to lose their last three games.
Far be it for me to predict a Manning/Brees rematch in Super Bowl XLVIII this season, but it would make for quite an entertaining one. Besides the potential Manning/Brees rematch, this particular Super Bowl will be played in New York City, in the cold and in the middle of whatever elements there may be.
Keep your eyes open, folks. This season could turn out to be another great one.
It’s great to to have Sean Payton and football back again.