NFL Playoffs: New Orleans Saints Should Thank Defense and Running Game for Win

By David Miller
Drew Brees
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The New Orleans Saints came into the Wildcard NFL Playoff round with something to prove and possibly a large chip on their shoulder. It was all well earned though with a monumental struggle on the road down the stretch in the regular season. As a matter of fact, it wouldn’t even have been a problem, playing on the road in the playoffs, if they had won on the road during the season. They lost the chance at home field and a bye week because they couldn’t get it done.

Now they have gotten a win on the road now and it was not easy. Some will say Drew Brees erased the questions about his performance on the road but that isn’t actually true. The coaching staff, defense and running game are to thank for this win, not the all world quarterback. Sean Peyton and the offensive coaches came into Philadelphia and beat the Philadelphia Eagles with a run-heavy attack.

Brees threw two interceptions actually and though he was more than solid in the second half, would probably be the first to point the finger at the running game and defense for the win as well. They ran for 185 yards on the ground and held the Eagles to under 300 total yards. If the Saints wanted to prove a point in Philadelphia, they absolutely did it. While questions about Brees and the road passing might remain, questions about the Saints ability to win a tough road game have to be erased.

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