The notion of a first round playoff victory being a breakthrough for a regime that's reached two NFC Championships and won a Super Bowl may sound stupid to some, but not to me. The New Orleans Saints 26-24More >>
The notion of a first round playoff victory being a breakthrough for a regime that's reached two NFC Championships and won a Super Bowl may sound stupid to some, but not to me.More >>
SEATTLE, WA (WAFB) -
If the New Orleans Saints can put together a third win in a row, they'll be in their third NFC Championship.
The last time the Saints played at CenturyLink Field, they were shellacked 34-7 by the Seattle Seahawks and gained less than 200 yards of total offense. That was the franchise's lowest total in a decade, going back to 2003 when Jim Haslett was the head coach and Aaron Brooks was his quarterback.
"You know, at the end of the day you're just like, 'Man, we didn't have any rhythm, didn't feel like we had many opportunities,'" said quarterback Drew Brees.
"That wasn't us that played out there the first time," said wide receiver Lance Moore. "We totally got embarrassed. We got our butts kicked. They beat us from the opening snap."
The Saints finally found some of their Mercedes-Benz Superdome offensive swag away from New Orleans last week, scoring 20 points in the second half versus the Eagles.
"I think so, I think it got the monkey off our back of our road woes," said fullback Jed Collins. "It took a step in the right direction of where we want to go."
"I think last week was a great example of a team believing that they were going to win," said offensive lineman Zach Strief. "There's been years here where you're in the huddle and there's no doubt in your mind you're going to go down and score. And, I think that was very much the mentality this week on the sideline."
Saints running back Mark Ingram, who in the eyes of many was shaping up to be one of the worst first round draft picks in team history, rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries against Philly. He averaged of 5.4 yards per carry against the Eagles. The Saints could certainly use 97 more yards in what's expected to be nasty conditions Saturday.
"I've always been confident in myself; I know what I can do," said Ingram. "I am confident in my abilities. I have an opportunity to get those touches and show what I can do."
"He's been running real well," said head coach Sean Payton. "I liked his ball security the other night and those weren't always easy yards. But, I'm pleased with how he's playing."
You can take an even deeper look at the showdown in Seattle with the Saints Game Plan special, which will air Friday at 6:30 p.m. on WAFB.
Kickoff for the game is scheduled for Saturday at 3:35 p.m. The game will be broadcast on FOX.
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