After a one-year hiatus, the New Orleans Saints return to the playoffs Saturday in Philadelphia against the Eagles, and the Saints players have their eyes set on the chief prize—a trip to the Super Bowl.
With a convincing 42-17 home victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday, New Orleans punched its ticket to the postseason. The Saints struggled on the road for much of the season, however, and coach Sean Payton's club will be gunning for the first ever road playoff win in franchise history.
In order to reach the big game, the Saints can't simply break the bonds of their road playoff futility; they'll have to shatter them.
As the sixth seed in the NFC, New Orleans will be the visitor for every playoff game, and advancing to the next round will require solid performances from a number of key contributors.
If the Saints are to orchestrate a march to the Super Bowl, the following five players must step up in a big way and carry them.