Saints Win Playoff Game On The Road, In The Cold, And Now Look To Seattle
The New Orleans Saints won their first road playoff game this past Saturday, beating the Philadelphia Eagles 26-24, thanks to a field goal by kicker Shayne Graham with just three seconds to play.
The conventional wisdom — espoused by the NFL’s rotating cast of professional prognosticators — said that the New Orleans Saints couldn’t win a game in the cold, and couldn’t win a playoff game on the road.
After all, all five of the Saints’ losses this season were on the road, and the the team has struggled in the postseason cold — from the snowy Chicago game in 2007, to Marshawn Lynch’s Seattle “Beast Quake” run in 2011.
In fact, the Saints had never won a playoff game on the road. Ever. That is, if you don’t count Super Bowl XLIV.
Saturday’s game was a tough one, in frigid, hostile territory. But New Orleans is no conventional team.
Nor are their fans. In an only-in-NOLA ritual, hundreds of people lined the roads outside the airport at 4 a.m. Sunday to welcome the team home.
Now it’s back to Seattle, to face a dominating Seahawks squad that beat the Saints handily just a few weeks ago. Seattle is well-rested, having ended the season with a 13-3 record and a first-round bye, and is favored by many to win it all this year.
That game is this Saturday, at 3:30 p.m.