Let the NFL Playoffs begin! After a long season that began tarnished by all the negotiation of the current collective bargaining agreement, we have finally made it to the win or go home stage. And there’s one crew who’s running strong towards the end of the stretch and that could very well put on one heck of a fight for the Super Bowl. But before we get too carried on with the phenomenal Drew Brees and the sharpened New Orleans Saints, these guys still have to beat the Detroit Lions.
For the first time in almost 60 years, the Detroit Lions kicked off the season with a 5-0 start. It’s quite a start for any team but for the Detroit Lions, this was as good as it gets. Let’s not forget that in one way or another, this is the team that first and only team to go 0-16 for the season, and after failing to make it to the Playoffs since the turn of the century. So, to put it into the right perspective, at 5-0, the Lions were starting to believe. Then, of course, things got a little rough for these guys. Right after that brilliant start, they fell into a 2-5 stretch that had them fighting till the end to save a spot in the wild card round. Last season, the Lions finished 6-10, winning 4 straight games. But just before that good run, the Lions had dropped 47 of it’s last 52 games, including an NFL-record 26 straight on the road.
So no matter where or how you look at this matchup, it’s getting pretty uphill for the Detroit Lions. As a matter of fact, and again, just to put this things into the right perspective, you might want to consider that the Lions walk into this matchup with one single playoff victory since blowing out Cleveland for the 1957 NFL title. And to make it worse, they’ll have to face the Saints in the Superdome, a field where the Saints have proven to be very difficult to beat.
Now, the Saints, on the other hand, have also been collecting NFL records, but the sort of records you’d be proud to hold. This season alone, the Saints have had their best season yet under the direction of head coach Sean Peyton and franchise quarterback, Drew Brees. And why not, they are on their way of making their 2009 Super Bowl winning season look like it was nothing, if they can only manage to keep up their momentum. At 13-3 for the season and 8-0 at home, the Saints are looking well.
On the one hand, Drew Brees alone has braked plentyof NFL offensive records. Just check out this numbers here: New Orleans gained 7,474 yards, 399 more than the 2002 St. Louis Rams for the new NFL season. As if that was not enough, Brees blew away Dan Marino’s 27-year-old single-season record with 5,476 passing yards, closing up the final stretch over the Patriots’ Tom Brady, who also broke Marino’s record this season. Brees also completed a record breaking 468 passes including 46 for touchdowns, and finished with more than 300 yards in each of his last seven games, breaking a record that he already held.
Now, on their previous matchup, the Saints fully dominated the Lions from the start to sign a 31-17 win over Detroit at home on Dec. 4. Brees finished the night with 342 yards and three TDs. If you ask me, it’s the Saints all the way.