Found January 08, 2012 on Football Nation:
Game day is here.  With their Super Bowl title, string of postseason appearances and record-setting offense, the fact that the New Orleans Saints were once one of the NFL's lowliest franchises has been forgotten.  This season, New Orleans matched their 2009 Super Bowl-winning franchise record of 13 wins.  As they begin their quest for another championship tonight, they face a Detroit Lions team that’s seeking to take another step in it turnaround.  For the second time in over a month, the Saints welcome the Lions to the Mercedes Superdome.  The wild-card Lions (10-6) are making their first trip to the playoffs this millennium, proving their franchise is on the rise, and defeating the mighty Saints will definitely place them on the football map.  Earning another playoff win, however, won't prove easy for Detroit considering New Orleans has gone 8-0 at home for the first time, ending their season with an eight-game winning streak.  Additionally, the Lions carry a 3-8 record in...

Road Map To Super Bowl XLVI: San Francisco 49ers

What a regular season it was for the San Francisco 49ers. A 13-3 finish earned them the #2 seed in the NFC, and a slightly shorter road to Indianapolis next month. The first-round bye gives the team a chance to not only rest up and prepare, but a chance to study their possible future opponents during wild-card weekend. The 49ers actually learned their divisional-round opponent...

Lions: By the numbers

466 Passing yards by Drew Brees, the most by a QB in a non-OT NFL playoff game. 2 Teams -- the Lions on Saturday and the Texans on Sept. 25 -- this season that have led at halftime at the Superdome. 0

NFC wild card: Saints top Lions 45-28

NEW ORLEANS -- Drew Brees and the Saints keep pouring on the points, rolling up the wins and rewriting the record books, too.

Saints lead Lions 24-21 after 3rd of NFC playoff

NEW ORLEANS—Record-shattering Drew Brees threw for 466 yards and three touchdowns, and the New Orleans Saints poured it on in the second half for a 45-28 NFC wild-card victory over the Detroit Lions on Saturday night.

Surging Saints a tough playoff draw for Detroit

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Having shed their long-held reputation for losing with flair of bumbling ineptitude, the New Orleans Saints open the playoffs Saturday as the Super Bowl contenders they expected to be.Drew Brees broke some of the most prestigious passing records there are, while the Saints (13-3) matched their ...


Drew Brees’s eyes will be as big as saucers when he looks down the field Saturday vs. the Detroit Lions. The road towards Super Bowl XLVI will be one paved with booby traps and pitfalls as the AGS effect (Any Given Sunday—or Saturday in this case) goes up a few notches in probability. The NFL playoffs begin today with a quadruple set of weekend games that features favorites but...

PFT: Rodgers tops Brees in All-Pro voting

PFT: Aaron Rodgers is the overwhelming choice for All-Pro QB, outdistancing Drew Brees.

Detroit Lions shredded by Saints

For the very first time in my brief sports writing career, I don’t know where to begin.  First, I should start by saying that the 45-28 drubbing the Saints put on the Lions seemed a lot closer than the score for much of the game. The result just doesn’t seem right.  Yes, the Saints were the better team on Saturday night, converting five of six second half drives into touchdowns...

NFC Playoffs X-Factors

It's much, much more than just Drew Brees and Eli Manning standing between the Packers and a return trip to the Super Bowl. We give you one player on each team who could tip the scales in a matchup with the Packers, and tell you the one Packers defender who needs to rise to the occasion.

Here Comes the Run

The difference between Saturday night in New Orleans and Sunday afternoon at the Meadowlands was like the difference between HDTV and a black-and-white Philco. Drew Brees and the rest of the Saints' offense play football with an ease that would make the uninitiated wonder just how the sport got a reputation for brutality. When you throw the ball with such precision and run...

Saints vs. Lions Recap: Puttin’ a Lil Stank On ‘Em

In their playoff win against the Lions, the Saints Put Up 45 Points and never punted. Yeah, what else is new. Sean Payton went for it on 4th down on the Saints’ own 38 yard line. Oh okay. (Yawn!) Drew Brees pulled off his 7th straight 300+ yard passing game? Um…so your quarterback doesn’t do that? Nola Chick isn’t being smug. (Well, except for referring to herself in third...

Press Release - NFL Announces Candidates For FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players Of The Year Honors

Quarterbacks DREW BREES of the New Orleans Saints, TOM BRADY of the New England Patriots and AARON RODGERS of the Green Bay Packers are the finalists for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Year honors, while running backs MAURICE JONES-DREW of the Jacksonville Jaguars, LeSEAN McCOY of the Philadelphia Eagles and RAY RICE of the Baltimore Ravens are the finalists for the FedEx Ground...

Brady Wins AFC Offensive Player of the Month

Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees may be front runners for NFL MVP honors but Tom Brady's been no slouch this season. Rodgers led his team to a 15-1 record and Brees broke Dan Marino's 27-year-old single-season passing record, but Brady was the only AFC quarterback to throw for more than 5,000 yards. He also led the Pats to a 13-3 record, including eight in a row to end the regular...
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