After having a solid first half, Hau’oli Kikaha went down with an injury. It seemed to be an ankle. He left and never returned to the game. As well Terron Armstead went down in pursuit of Deion “Debo” Jones on his interception of Drew Brees on a pass tipped by Ted Ginn, Jr. He ended up laying on the sidelines and was visibly annoyed by his latest injury turn. He also left, not to return.
The Saints schemed well on defense. Near the end of the game, the Saints ran a defensive line twist that had defensive end George Johnson run a stunt. He came from his end position and swung behind the line to the center, where he ran directly into Matt Ryan in the end zone. Ryan’s athleticism is all that kept him from taking a sack in the end zone for a safety. He still took a sack, but got out of the end zone to allow them to punt.
This win ensured a spot in the playoffs for the Saints. A win next week versus Tampa Bay ensures no worse than the 4th seed in the playoffs. There is still one outside opportunity for the Saints to jump into the 3rd seed, with a win and a Rams loss or tie with the 49’ers (or a Saints tie and then a Carolina loss or tie with Atlanta as well as a Rams loss).
A Saints loss at Tampa, coupled with a Carolina win or tie with Atlanta puts Carolina in the 4th seed.
Either way, the Who Dat Nation can be proud of these Saints for making a return to the post season! Merry Christmas to us!