NEW ORLEANS, LA (WLOX) - Drew Brees has a strong indication of how Sunday’s contest against the Los Angeles Rams will play out.
"When you play a team like this, you know it’s gonna be a hard-fought, you know it’s gonna come down to the last possession more than likely,” Brees said.
An NFC Championship Game coming down to the last possession? The Saints have seen this before, and we all remember what happened next. Garrett Hartley kicked a game-winning, 40-yard field goal in overtime to give New Orleans a 31-28 victory over the Vikings, sending them to their first Super Bowl in franchise history.
Just before the kick, NFL Films captured head coach Sean Payton telling Hartley to “hit the fleur-de (expletive) lis," a moment that still resonates in the Saints locker room.
“Actually, I made a joke today, there’s a Fleur-De-Lis right behind our upright in practice, so I told him I was gonna hit it," Saints kicker Wil Lutz joked. "That video has been on blast all over Twitter, so we’ll run with it.”
Another legendary moment from that pre-kick conversation was when Payton told Hartley “you deserve to be here.” Now, should Sunday’s game come down to a similar, last-second situation? Payton says he has that same level of confidence in Lutz.
“Wil’s been outstanding," Payton said. "We feel like that’s one of the strengths of our team right now is in the kicking game both with Thomas, with Wil, our coverage units.”
Breaking NFL Hall of Famer Morten Andersen’s franchise record of consecutive field goals with 26 earlier this season, Lutz says he’s ready should his number be called.
“Growing up, you always play those situations in your head, right? But you try not to make it anything more than it is," Lutz said. "It can work both ways. You’ve got two high-scoring offenses. It could come down to the last possession, but even if it’s not high-scoring, it can still come down to the last possession. My mindset is always ready, I treat every kick the same.”
Lutz is coming off of that missed 52-yard attempt against the Eagles in the fourth quarter that could have sealed the game, but expects to get other opportunities this Sunday.
“You gotta wash it, clear the mechanism and get back to work.”