As the run-up to the 2013 NFL season hits its stretch run – 24 days and counting before training camp begins – we thought at WWLTV.com it’d be a good time to get the blood flowing for Saints fans.
And what better way to do so than by looking back at some of the biggest or most impressive wins in the Sean Payton Era.
Certainly our order can be dissected and changed and a game we left off could be put on the list. Feel free to leave your thoughts or memories on the particular game chosen today below in the comments section.
No. 8: New Orleans shows resolve (Oct. 25, 2009)
Saints 46, Dolphins 34
Heading into this Week 7 game, there was little belief that the Saints were going to have problems with a Miami team that was 2-3. New Orleans, after all, was coming off a 21-point thrashing of the previously undefeated New York Giants.
But this game against Miami may be coach Sean Payton’s most underrated achievement – down 21 points, on the road, as the better team against an opponent with nothing to lose.
New Orleans’ 12-point win in Miami, in a stadium it would return to 15 weeks later, was bigger mentally than even the win over the Giants was seven days earlier. It proved to the team it could accomplish anything, including manufacturing an enormous comeback.
The Dolphins led 24-3 before the Saints began rolling off points and yards. It started with Payton giving quarterback Drew Brees the go-ahead to run a play with precious little time left on the clock in the first half. Brees sneaked in from the 1-yard line, changing the game with 30 minutes to play.
The Saints tied the franchise’s biggest comeback ever by putting up 302 second-half yards and 36 points while the defense returned two interceptions for touchdowns.
This is the game when you knew Payton had the pulse of the team and would be able to take advantage of that fact whenever he needed.