METAIRIE, La. (AP) - The New Orleans Saints are still undefeated at home and have lost just three times all season, so it might be a bit of nitpicking to say their performances on the road could be a potential downfall.
At least, coach Sean Payton feels that way, saying that's just people trying to find something wrong with his team. After beating Detroit 45-28 in the Superdome in the NFC wild-card round, the Saints will travel to No. 2 seed San Francisco for their game next Saturday.
And of New Orleans' three road losses this season, two were on natural grass, the surface they'll play on at Candlestick Park, where the 49ers went 7-1. However, receiver Robert Meachem says earlier road losses helped prepare them for this moment.