The New Orleans Saints routed the Carolina Panthers 45-17 in the regular-season finale Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Here’s a look back at how the game unfolded.
Saints running back Mark Ingram last played on December 4, when the Saints defeated the Lions by 14 points in prime time. A case of turf toe has kept him out of action since then, and he won’t be playing again this season.
But the St. Louis Rams have beaten all these above mentioned teams as the news broke only minutes ago that they have released their head coach Steve Spagnuolo after a disastrous 2-14 campaign in 2011.
Following the conclusion of the regular season slate – including Detroit’s 45-41 loss to Green Bay – the NFL announced the schedule for the Wild Card round of the playoffs, and the Lions will play the Saints at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 6 in New Orleans.
That’s where the Green Bay Packers came from behind in the final minutes to knock off Detroit 45-41. That result means the Falcons will face the Giants in the opening round of the playoffs this weekend instead of returning to New Orleans for the second time in less than two weeks to meet the Saints.
You might not agree with me but: The Green Bay Packers were the NFL’s best team over the course of this season, but the New Orleans Saints are the NFL’s best team now and I believe they’ll win Super Bowl XLVI. The hottest quarterback in the NFL the second half of the season has been Drew Brees – not Aaron Rodgers. And Brees has a better supporting cast, particularly on defense. The Saints have the passing game to beat San Francisco and the running game to beat the Packers at Lambeau Field.
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