Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  By By Adam Meyer  |  Last updated 10/9/13
These two teams are a combined 9-1 this season with six Super Bowl appearances in the last 12 years. It's actually surprising and depressing that we haven't had the privilege to watch these two powerhouses perform on the biggest stage in the final game. Last year, the Saints started the season 0-4 and had a defense that allowed 28.4 points per game in 2012 (31st in the league). The addition of Rob Ryan as the new defensive coordinator has propelled New Orleans to the fourth-best squad who allow 14.6 ppg. The Patriots lost their first game after a 4-0 start in 2013. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady used to be known as the combo that doesn't lose back-to-back regular season games. That is, until they fell to the Saints and Dolphins in 2009...and to the Steelers and Giants in 2011...and to the Cardinals and Ravens in 2012. Still, only losing consecutive games three times in the past six years is impressive. Players to start: Quarterback - Drew Brees and Tom Brady Last week, Brady cou...
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