Wow! The New Orleans Saints weren't given much hope when it came to winning this game against the two-loss Philadelphia Eagles but they took down the birds 20-10 and forced the Eagles to wait yet another week to clinch the top spot in the NFC.
This was a good performance from the Saints and they were leading 13-0 at half time due to a dominant defensive effort and running the ball well on offense. The second half didn't go as well for them but they still got it done and moved to seven wins on the year.
Here's what we learned from the Saints' shocking win in Week 17.
Cam Jordan makes history
The pass rush was all over Gardner Minshew on Sunday, sacking the backup quarterback six times with Cam Jordan getting three of those sacks. His third sack of the day gave him the most sacks in Saints history, meaning that Jordan is officially in the history books once again for NOLA.
No NFC South title for NOLA (and probably no playoffs either)
While this win was a big one for New Orleans, unfortunately, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers played one of their best games of the season. They knocked off the Panthers and in doing so, effectively ended the Saints' hopes of making the playoffs. Tampa will win the NFC South and it'd take a miracle for the Saints to make the postseason.
Welcome back, Lattimore
For the first time since Week 5, Marshon Lattimore was active for the Saints. He played a HUGE factor in this one too, picking off Minshew in the fourth quarter and returning it the other way to give the Saints six points and help shut the door on Philadelphia.
Some wondered why have Lattimore return and not just shut him down but we saw how much better this team is with him on the field. I'm excited to see him and the rest of the team at full strength in 2023.
Next week is more than likely the Saints' final game of the 2022 regular season and it'll pit NOLA against the Panthers... the same team that let them down this week.