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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Saints Coach Sean Payton's opening remarks: “Obviously a big win for us. I thought our guys played hard tonight. Couple of those turnovers kind of kept them in the game. You look at some of these numbers; total yardage 256 ...

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Saints Coach Sean Payton's opening remarks:
“Obviously a big win for us. I thought our guys played hard tonight. Couple of those turnovers kind of kept them in the game. You look at some of these numbers; total yardage 256 to 430, rushing yards 80 to 180. I thought we controlled the line of scrimmage and really controlled, for the most part, third downs, 6 of 12 versus 3 of 12. And that is a good football team. We thought going in we were going to have to play really well. I thought we eliminated on defense, for the most part, the big plays. They hit a few, they are very talented but I thought our guys responded really well. It went back and forth. At half time it was 7 to 6 and we just felt like we offensively really bit our own foot, short yardage situations ended up being significant. Obviously [K] Shayne [Graham] played well. Special teams, I thought, played very well in the end. We needed to cover a kick we did and we needed a return at the end. [PR] Darren [Sproles] brought us out to mid field with the penalty, which was significant. So it was a good win and we get ready now for next week, any questions.”

On their experience as a team and how that factored into the game and the back and forth:
“I don’t know. I would be willing to say we are probably a younger team based on the roster. I think we had some key guys step up in leadership positions but we had 6 undrafted free agents on this roster from this year’s class so I think though there was a little bit of resolve. I think our players felt coming in here tonight that there was no way we were going to leave without winning this game. That’s easy to say but I think the work week preparation, the way these guys handled traveling. It was kind of a short week because we played on a Saturday after a Sunday game so you are skipping a day. But to their credit they did a great job of fighting, like you said when all of a sudden the momentum kind of swung as it does often. So obviously we think a lot of the team we played. We studied a lot of film and they’ve had a fantastic season so we have a lot of respect for them and we just ended up being the better team tonight.”

On how gratifying tonight’s win is after not being allowed to coach last year:
“It was fine. Next question.”

On the fact that this may be the most rushing yards the Saints have had in a playoff game and where did that come from tonight:
“Just paying attention to the line of scrimmage. I thought our guys up front got off the ball. I thought the backs did well. We had 32 rushes for 5.5 so obviously we blocked them and the backs ran with good pad level.”

On how much was that game plan going in or did he see it was working well throughout the game:
“Well we wanted to have balance. I thought the weather ended up being pretty good, considering. There was really no wind at all hardly and so with no precipitation and no wind. I know some guys were taking some layers off pregame. I thought the footing was good, we wore the right shoes. Once we felt like we were pushing them we just wanted to be consistent with that. We set up some big plays and big play action to [WR] Robert [Meachem]. We had one to [WR] Ben [Watson], a number of big plays that were important.”

On how satisfying it is to win especially after all the narrative this week about the weather and dome teams and prove it wrong:
“I said at the beginning of the week we made light of a few things, what really is going to matter is the result. And that is really the truth. As far as the history of the organization, like I told those players you carry your history. So I get it, we understand that and that’s that stereotype, sometimes it comes with a team that plays inside and we can’t change that. We kind of like the environment we play in and we traveled pretty well tonight.”

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Old 01-05-2014, 09:24 AM   #2
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Re: Sean Payton, Saints players talk about wild-card victory

On how gratifying tonight’s win is after not being allowed to coach last year:
“It was fine. Next question.”
I saw that, looks like he's still pissed off about that.
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I saw that, looks like he's still pissed off about that.
I think hes just tired of talking about it.
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