The catch was called a touchdown as he tippy-toed the corner of end zone and maintained possession of the ball as he went out of bounds.
Roman Harper had another career year for the Saints making his second consecutive Pro Bowl after notching 98 tackles, three sacks, eight pass deflections, and one interception.
He is among the leagues best strong safeties without a doubt, but probably was left off the list because of his perceived bad performance against the Seattle Seahawks in the play-offs. Harper gave up a few touchdown passes while in pass coverage that “cost” the Saints the game.
Malcolm Jenkins stepped into the free safety role from corner ti fill-in for Darren Sharper. He played very well and turned in the leagues second longest interception for a touchdown (96 yards) and ranked seventh in the NFL in total interception return yards with 105.
Sedrick Ellis lead the Saints in sacks with six, excellent number for a defensive tackle. In fact only Ndamukong Suh, Tommy Kelley, and B.J. Raji had more sacks then Ellis did last year. Tracy Porter saw his interception number decline in 2010 (From four to one) but is still one of the leagues better corners.
For that mater you cold make a case for defensive end Will Smith. Last season he totaled only 5.5 sacks after getting 13 during the Saints Super Bowl winning season.
He is still one of the best ends in the league – repertoire of moves, strength, speed – but most times was fighting double and sometimes triple coverage on the right side of the defensive line.
Also you could say that rookie running back Chris Ivory could have made the list. After all the kid made the roster as undrafted free agent out of Tiffin University to lead the Saints in rushing yards (716 yards, five touchdowns).
What was impressive about Ivory is his 5.2 YPC average was fourth in the NFL and he led the league in yards after contact and broken tackles. He did all this while being used sparingly and missing some time with injury.