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WhoDat!656 01-12-2012 10:30 AM

Saints ground game looms large
NEW ORLEANS -- Of all the impressive feats the New Orleans Saints produced in Saturday's 45-28 wild-card win over the Detroit Lions, the ones that will help them most going forward likely went unnoticed.

We all knew the Saints could throw the football better than any other team in the league, which they proved against the Lions. Now what they'll need against the San Francisco 49ers are the kinds of consistent runs they received from their ground game. With that, they stand a good chance of reaching the NFC title game. Without it, they'll be watching that contest back home.

It really will be that simple for the Saints. They set an NFL playoff record with 626 total yards in their win over Detroit, with 466 of those coming from the arm of quarterback Drew Brees. Those who caught the game should've realized that the efforts of the Saints' runners -- specifically Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles and Chris Ivory -- also helped set the table for that barrage of points. It was their pounding and slashing that reminded a formidable Lions front four that it couldn't just focus on harassing the quarterback.

That trio helped the Saints gain 166 yards, average 4.6 yards a carry and set a tone that will have to be present in the Bay Area on Saturday. The 49ers earned the second seed in the NFC by being the antithesis of New Orleans. They were methodical on offense and brutally physical on defense. Their game plan this weekend won't be any different from the one that led to their 13-3 record. While the Saints will be looking to pass their way to victory, the 49ers will be looking to pummel their way to a win.

New Orleans Saints need to run against San Francisco 49ers - ESPN

AlaskaSaints 01-12-2012 10:32 AM

Where's that shat-talking 49er fan who won't put his money where his mouth is?


for $100


dam1953 01-12-2012 12:25 PM

Bayless needs to get his head out of his nether regions. To say that the Saints won't be able to score on the 9ers is nuts. Yes, their defense is great but the Saints rushed for 600 yards on four of the top NFL defenses. 600 yards….and we are a passing team???? Oh, one last thing, we ran for 177 yards against Jacksonville (not a great team but a good defense) on grass!!!

Euphoria 01-12-2012 12:50 PM

Who needs a punter?

We cut our Punter and we'd have another roster spot for someone else in case on injury to another position.

I know some of you may not take it serious but going into any other game outside of this one... I think we should go for it here on out 4th and 8... we go for it... no matter where.

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