NFL Wildcard: Saints Too Good

New Orleans defeat Detroit in a shoot-out.

Nash Herringtonby Nash Herrington

The Saints are looking like they are hungry for another Super Bowl ring as they teach Detroit what the post season is all about. New Orleans breaks the post-season record for total yards with 626, as they put up 45 points against Detroit’s 28. Bees led the way as usual going 33 for 43 for 466 yards, 3 TDs, and 0 INTs.

This isn’t to say Detroit didn’t come to play, because they did. Stafford went 28 for 43 for 380 yards, 3 TDs, and 2 INTs. The real number here is the two INTs. Playing a team as offensively-powerful as the Saints, turning the ball over twice is especially painful.

Even with these turnovers, the Saints were really in this most of the game. Nick Farley dropped an easy INT. Two plays later Sproles bolted for a TD. This was a critical 4rth quarter play that could have stopped an 80-yard New Orleans drive, but instead resulted in a Saints’ score.

The second key play that went against Detroit was when Brees was stripped by Willie Young. Detroit’s Durant scooped up the ball to return it, but the play was unexplainably whistled dead. What certainly would have been a touchdown for Detroit, was instead a stalled Detroit drive. This was a huge turning point. No real explanation was ever given and Detroit was still pissed about this blown call during the press-conference.

Statistically, the Saints were the stronger and more balanced team. They had 12 rushing first downs for a total of 167 yards compared to Detroit only having 2 rushing first downs and 32 total yards on the ground. This speaks volumes as to some of the problems Detroit faces in the off-season. Their offense is one-dimensional.

Detroit QB Stafford is clearly a bright spot for Detroit and will be their franchise player for years to come. He is the future, but unfortunately for Detroit Brees is the present.  The Saints have been a dominant team all year and now they are in a great position to make a real run at another New Orleans Super Bowl celebration.