We have grown accustomed to the Patriots making big plays in clutch situations.
On Monday Night Football with the entire country glued to the television, it was the Saints defense that made big plays and came up clutch.
Let me repeat that for those who didn’t pay their cable or Internet bill and missed the game.
It was the Saints defense that made big plays and came up clutch.
The Patriots took their opening possession, methodically went down the field and scored a touchdown. Following a Saints punt and a 41-yard return by Wes Welker, the Pats were looking to go up by double digits and send the Saints defense into a tailspin.
And then it happened.
The Saints defensive line was getting pressure without blitzing. It looked like there were 11 players in Saints secondary.
Ladies and Gentlemen—the New Orleans Saints proved they are for real and they should be feared by everyone in the league. The Saints marched up and down the field against a terrible New England defense, but that did not surprise too many people.
Defensively, the Saints made a statement and they made it loud and clear.
Darren Sharper, Jonathan Vilma and Mike McKenzie let the Patriots get a big play here and there. But ultimately it was the Saints who made big plays and kept the Patriots out of the endzone.
Simply put, it was one of the best defensive performances by any team this season.
And the effort shown by the Saints on the defensive side of the ball cemented their mark as an elite team in the NFL and established themselves as the best team in the NFC. The Minnesota Vikings have looked great this season, but no one is going to enter the Superdome and walk away with a win.
The Saints may come out a little flat next week on the road against the Redskins after such an emotional win. They may even drop a game down the stretch, but nothing will take away from the dominant performance displayed by the Saints.
Back on September 25, 2006, the Saints returned to the Superdome and played their first true home game since Hurricane Katrina. The Saints rolled the Falcons 23-3, and it helped the Saints kick start their season.
That game will always remain special to Saints fans because of the symbolic importance.
The game held on November 30, 2009, will be remembered as the biggest regular season win in New Orleans Saints history. It officially put the Saints on the map.
There are no more critics. There are only believers.
No one will say, “Who did they beat?” Instead, everyone will ask, “Can they be beat?”
Drew Brees picked up one of the biggest wins in his career as well. But the defense needed to prove itself the most. The defense was the team's Achilles heel, and yet they elevated their game and proved to be the team's heart.
The city of Miami had better be ready for the Saints on February 7, because it looks like they will come marching in.