Saints RB Pierre Thomas earns his praises

Saints RB Pierre Thomas earns his praises

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New Orleans Saints' Pierre Thomas (23) is tackled by Detroit Lions' Stephen Tulloch (55) during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

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Posted on January 8, 2012 at 2:00 AM

Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
Email: bhandwerger@wwltv.com | Twitter: @wwltvsports


NEW ORLEANS ― The difference between the Saints postseason of 2010 and this year’s playoff push is fairly easy to see.

Saturday night, all you had to do was watch running back Pierre Thomas spin, bull or sidestep his way through the Detroit defense.

“I’ve seen him play some great games, but tonight might been one of the best I’ve seen him play,” quarterback Drew Brees said. “Rarely do I get a chance to sit back and watch because I’m always thinking about the next play, the next series, the next situation whatever it may be.

“You can’t help but notice the way he ran tonight, shedding tacklers. It was phenomenal.”

His stats jump off the page at you – eight carries for 66 yards for a robust 8.3 yard-per-carry average and six catches for 55 yards.

But what was more eye-popping was the way he got those yards, how he continually carried would-be tackles or spun past them.

“I don’t really think about it too much,” said Thomas, who signed a four-year contract prior to the season. “I always tell myself to not let the first guy take me down. I try to break as many tackles as I can and get in that end zone.

“Every tells me I have freaky balance, but it’s the gift that God gave me.”
 

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