After a slow start in the Sunday Night Football game this week, the New Orleans Saints found their rhythm and blew out the Carolina Panthers. With the victory, the Saints now have a one-game lead in the division with three to play, and also own the tie-breaker over the Panthers. If the Saints can take care of business the next three weeks, they will secure a first round bye in the playoffs.
The game saw a giant momentum swing in the second quarter when Drew Brees threw three touchdown passes. With the team chasing a six-point deficit, Brees found Marques Colston twice and also Jimmy Graham to put the Saints ahead for good. The defense also showed up by containing Cam Newton‘s attack for most of the night. Newton was unable to find the Auburn Tigers‘ horseshoe inside the Superdome and the Panthers’ eight-game winning streak came to an end.
Once again, Brees threw for over 300 yards and four touchdowns which seems to be a common occurrence at his home dome. New Orleans is currently one of five teams that are unbeaten on their home field. One of them, the New England Patriots, received a huge gift on Sunday to maintain their unblemished record.
With several teams closely bunched, the home-field advantage could prove to be that deciding x-factor this year more then any other in recent memory. Last week, the Saints saw first hand just how the Seattle Seahawks play at home, and tonight the Saints showed that they are just as dangerous inside the dome. In his Saints’ career, Brees wins two out of every three home games and just lights up the scoreboard with ease when doing it.
The Saints will have to go on the road for the rematch with Carolina in two weeks. If they are able to get a win on the road, they will be able to call themselves division champions. On the “road” to the Super Bowl, will any team in contention be able to break serve and steal a win on the road?
Nick Schaeflein is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ptchr2424 or add him to your network on Google.