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Halo 10-26-2009 12:46 PM

Saints comeback against Dolphins has Super implications
 
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The Saints made history again on Sunday, and donít look for them to stop any time soon.

After becoming the first team since 1961 to trail for zero seconds through five games, they tied a franchise record by rallying from a 21-point deficit to beat the Miami Dolphins 46-34. Next on the agenda: equaling the 1991 franchise record of a 7-0 start. The ultimate goal: earning a No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs for the first time.

The top spot is theirs for the taking, and if they maintain their current form, they will stay home in the dome for every postseason game before the Super Bowl.

Thatís a huge deal. Since the playoffs were expanded to six teams per conference in 1990, 11 of the 19 No. 1 seeds (58 percent) in the NFC have reached the Super Bowl.

Being No. 2 wonít do. Only five second seeds have gone past the conference final, and none since the Tampa Bay Bucs in 2002.

New Orleans learned why in 2006, earning its only bye in the opening round of the playoffs, advancing to the championship game for the only time and getting waxed by the Bears in frigid Chicago.

Even though it is early, the home-field hopes for every other NFC team waned by the end of Sunday. The Minnesota Vikings lost for the first time. The Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants dropped their second games.

New Orleans (6-0) has a better record, an easier schedule and more momentum than any of the other contenders. If the Saints get by the Atlanta Falcons (4-2) at home next Monday night, it is hard to imagine anyone catching them by the end of the regular season.


Sir Psycho Sexy 10-26-2009 01:01 PM

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*Tear*

exile 10-26-2009 01:08 PM

Re: Saints comeback against Dolphins has Super implications
 
Add PFT to the bandwagon.

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Next Monday, the Saints finally get a chance to show off their new ride in the NFC South, against the Falcons. With five more divisional games coming up -- including a total of four against the hapless Panthers and Bucs -- the Saints are on track to nail down home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

And if the road to the Super Bowl goes through the Superdome, it'll be virtually impossible to keep the Saints from making a return trip to Miami in February.
Week Seven Morning Aftermath: Saints 46, Dolphins 34 | ProFootballTalk.com

Rugby Saint II 10-26-2009 01:13 PM

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This may sound rediculously simple, but winners advance and the better teams get homefield advantage because they are better than anyone else in their division.

DeadmaN 10-26-2009 02:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Rugby Saint II (Post 172877)
This may sound rediculously simple, but winners advance and the better teams get homefield advantage because they are better than anyone else in their division.


yep that's the truth
I can't remember a team that ever had HFA handed to them
they earned it


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