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Keys to the Game: Saints vs. Rams

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Closing Thoughts

Dec 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) celebrates with teammate strong safety Roman Harper (41) after sacking Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (not pictured) during the first half of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Did You Know?

  • This is the 72nd meeting between these two teams, as the Rams lead the all-time series 39-32
  • The past ten matchups are split between the two teams (5-5 since 2000), and Sean Payton is 2-2 against the Rams (1-1 Road, 1-1 Home)
  • The last meeting between these two (10/30/11) ended as a huge bunch of frustration, as the Rams knocked off the Saints 31-21. To put it plainly, the Saints looked horrid, and Drew Brees was fortunate to keep his touchdown pass streak alive at the time. He connected with Lance Moore from 8 yards out with 6 seconds left in the game. Brees was sacked six times in the game (Chris Long had three), and was intercepted twice. Steven Jackson had a field day, running for 159 yards and scoring twice.
  • These teams have met just once in the playoffs, but it was arguably the most memorable for the long-time Saints fans. On 12/30/2000, all I have to say is, ‘Hakim Drops The Ball! Hakim Drops The Ball!‘ The Saints would explode to a 31-7 lead in the opening minutes of the 4th quarter, but the Rams would bounce back scoring 21 unanswered points. The Saints would hold on and win their first ever playoff game, just a week after losing to them at home 26-21. Brian Milne became forever linked with Saints history.
  • Jimmy Graham is still chasing that record on Sunday, as he needs a 100-yard receiving game to break Tony Gonzalez’s previous record for receiving games by a tight end.

Saints Injury Report

  • QUESTIONABLE: DE Glenn Foster (Knee), DT Brodrick Bunkley (Back), TE Josh Hill (Hamstring), S Rafael Bush (Ankle), LB Keyunta Dawson (Calf), T Terron Armstead (Nose)

While the Rams are eliminated from the playoffs, nothing would give them greater satisfaction than to beat the Saints, again. It’s a real shame that the Rams, who were once 3-4, have fallen so far. Had Sam Bradford stayed in the picture, who knows where they would have ended up.

Given the track history, and all of the pressure of the Saints playing on the road, there’s reason to believe that this game won’t go so smoothly as many would hope. However, we all know what’s at stake, and even if the Saints win this game, there’s nothing that will suggest that the team does well on the road. However, they’re 8-0 inside domes this season (other win was Atlanta).

Final Prediction: Saints 27, Rams 21

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