As the run-up to the 2013 NFL season hits its stretch run – 23 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. 7: Saints earn big playoff win (Jan. 13, 2007)
Saints 27, Eagles 24
The 2006 season certainly had gone swimmingly through the regular season. But the first home playoff game since 2000 was against a franchise that in four of the previous five years had made at least the conference championship game.
And add to that the continued emotion of the city a little more than a year after Katrina and coach Sean Payton had some high expectations on his hands.
But like he showed much of his first season, he was adept at answering the call to get his team ready. His team, once more, answered the call.
Against Philadelphia in this NFC divisional round playoff game, the air commander turned to the ground attack as Payton relied on bruising running back Deuce McAllister to win the day.
McAllister finished with a club post-season record with rushing yards (143) and run attempts (21). And he finished off the Eagles with three straight carries, gaining 14 yards and a first down to run out the clock.
This game also marked New Orleans’ second-ever postseason win and gave the Saints real hope that, for the first time in franchise history, a Super Bowl was more than just a dream.
It was an important win, as well. In a Jan. 15, 2007 Associated Press story, writer Nancy Armour summed up what the win meant to the city, let alone the team: “To say the Saints are the answer to what ails New Orleans trivializes the city’s vast problems. But people here are looking for something – anything- good to cling to and the Saints are the best thing going.”