New Orleans Saints: Top news and video clips (Wild Card win edition)

Recapping the New Orleans Saints’ 45-28 victory over the Detroit Lions in the wild-card round of the NFL playoffs Saturday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints advance to play the host San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round next weekend at Candlestick Park.

The New Orleans Saints and the Detroit Lions, it should be noted, did play defense against each other. It just never seemed that way during the Saints’ 45-28 victory. Instead, watching this game was like watching tennis, head moving right, then left, back and forth, but slower, as both offenses took turns marching down the field. Despite a pair of fumbles, the Saints moved the ball at will, with the kind of panache and precision that reverberates across the league. Afterward, some Saints even suggested what once seemed improbable: that this offense is better than the one that carried New Orleans to a Super Bowl championship two years ago.

The Saints’ offense lit up the Superdome on Saturday night against the Lions, but to get to the Super Bowl the Saints will have to win outdoors at San Francisco next week, and probably at Green Bay the week after that. So will the Saints struggle in the elements Drew Brees says no way: New Orleans isn’t just a dome team.

Saints Tame Lions, Head to San Francisco

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints are pouring on the points, racking up the wins and rewriting the record books nearly every time they play. Things sure are rollin’ on the river. Brees led an unstoppable offense by throwing for 466 yards and three touchdowns, and New Orleans dominated the second half for a 45-28 NFC wild-card victory over the Detroit Lions on Saturday night.

And among the many reasons why the Saints dissected and destroyed Detroit 45-28 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in this year’s wild-card game, place that one high on the list. Purely in terms of numbers, Thomas (eight carries for 66 yards and a touchdown), Sproles (10 carries for 51 yards and two touchdowns) and Ivory (13 carries for 47 yards) combined for 164 of New Orleans’ 167 rushing yards. But when it comes to measuring their presence and impact, the result of their work nearly was incalculable

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