It really will be that simple for the Saints. They set an NFL playoff record with 626 total yards in their win over Detroit, with 466 of those coming from the arm of quarterback Drew Brees. Those who caught the game should’ve realized that the efforts of the Saints’ runners — specifically Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles and Chris Ivory — also helped set the table for that barrage of points. It was their pounding and slashing that reminded a formidable Lions front four that it couldn’t just focus on harassing the quarterback.
This will clearly be the toughest test to date for the Saints’ record-making offense. … Though, it will also clearly be the toughest test for the 49ers’ defense as well. It will be important for the Saints to be able to run the ball, at least a little, to stay balanced Saturday. And it’s possible, even though the 49ers have allowed just 77.3 rushing yards per game.
Jim Harbaugh didn’t call Sean Payton in August before the San Francisco 49ers played the New Orleans Saints, unaware of the “gentleman’s agreement” between NFL coaches to talk before preseason games to agree on strategy. Of course, now that he is aware of it, he still wouldn’t make the call. Much was made after the game about a report by a Saints radio broadcaster that Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams went against convention with a heavy blitz package in the first preseason game because he was upset Harbaugh did not call Payton before the game so there could be a “gentlemen’s agreement” to how the teams would approach the exhibition game.
The Saints destroyed Detroit with a virtuoso offensive performance. Can any team stop Drew Brees and this New Orleans machine?
How good was Drew Brees against the Detroit Lions in the wild-card round last Saturday night? Even better than you may think. 33-of-43 for 466 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions, and two sacks — well, that looks still more impressive when you factor in that he threw just one pass that was a negative play. In the end, according to advanced opponent-adjusted metrics, it was the second-best quarterback performance of the last 20 years.