New Orleans Saints defense seeking redemption against Matt Hasselbeck

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It was a little less than a year ago when the then 11-5 Saints traveled to face the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field, who where quite literally the NFL’s worst ever playoff team given their sub .500 record.

New Orleans was supposed to steam roll Seattle and easily continue their bid to repeat as Superbowl champions, but then long-time Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck had other plans for the Saints.

Hasselbeck threw four touchdowns, picking on strong safety Roman Harper throughout the game, shocking the Saints defense in a 41-36 win.

The improbable had happened and the NFL’s worst playoff team ever became the first also to actually win a playoff game.

Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams didn’t make any excuses for the defense after the game,  which was perceived by many as a complete collapse. He also defended Harper after he became the primary scapegoat for the units performance.

Yes, Harper had a bad game, but he still is one of the NFL’s best safeties on top of being the Saints top contributor on defense.

They could have let him walk in free agency this year, but instead they locked him up with a lucrative long term deal, and he’ll likely finish his career as a Saint.

Hasselbeck meanwhile turned down several offers to return as Seattle’s quarterback this season, instead choosing to test the waters of free agency where he eventually would sign with the Tennessee Titans.

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