Sunday Morning Saints Wrap

The view from my seat.

Tim Hightower broke free for 70 yards on the game’s first play. He ran five times for 17 yards the rest of the way.

Almost immediately after the lightning-fast 7-0 deficit made the 70,149 in the Dome groan in disbelief  and the press box media shift a bit in their seats, the Saints dismantled the Cardinals in every way possible.

The New Orleans offense owned a 36:27-23:33 time of possession advantage and converted 7 of 13 third downs. Reggie Bush played the best all-around game of his professional career.

Inside the press box.

The Saints offense scored five touchdowns with relative ease and the special teams, namely Bush, added another. The defense didn’t score, but it rattled Arizona’s 38-year-old quarterback Kurt Warner who, incidentally, is now 0-3 in the post-season at the Superdome. Warner was sacked once, threw an interception and was briefly knocked out of the game. When he returned, it didn’t matter. The game was out of reach.

It was loud in there.  Really loud. Especially when Deuce McAllister led the team onto the field. The players acknowledged the role played by the boisterous fans inside the sold-out Superdome, as they usually do. What an advantage. The decibel level had to rival any other game played in that building. And next week will be louder.

Fans outside the Dome after the game.

Should the Saints win and advance to the Super Bowl, there will be a party here like the city has never seen. Hard to believe. If the Saints actually win the Super Bowl…

People have waited their whole lives to see the Saints with an opportunity like this one. Many have died waiting. Now, twice in four years the Saints are in the NFC title game.

I feel fortunate to have a front row seat for this exciting run — and to have moved back home this year.

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