Saints crush Panthers and take aim on Detroit in Saturday's NFC Wildcard Playoff Game

By A.J. Giardina – bio | email

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WLOX) -  It's a rare site when the New Orleans Saints punt the football. With quarterback Drew Brees pulling the trigger, opponents are having a tough time in keeping the Saints out of the end zone.

Couple that with an array of running back, including Chris Ivory..New Orleans is almost unstoppable. Ivory rushed for 127 yards and scored the games first touchdown.

Offensive lineman Zach Strief said, "For us to have a running back over a 100 yards, that running back has got to have a good day because we spread the carries a little bit. We've thrown for 5 touchdowns before so I guess I'll take the 100 yard rusher."

Drew Brees completed 28 of 35 attempts for 389 yards and five touchdowns.  Marques Colston made a spectacular catch in the back of the end zone that gave the Saints an early 7-0 lead.

Colston said, "When Drew audibled at the line of scrimmage I had a feeling he was going to come to me one on one with a linebacker and that's just the connection we have. He put in a place only where I could go get it and able to do it."

Brees set yet another NFL record with 468 completions this season, breaking Peyton Manning's 2010 mark of 450.  He ended the season by completing 71.6 percent of his passes, breaking his 2009 NFL record of 70.6.

The Panthers tied the game 17-all on a 29 yard touchdown gallop by Jonathan Stewart.... but with time left on the clock right before halftime.  Brees would toss a perfect 42-yard touchdown strike to Colston giving New Orleans a 24-17 halftime advantage.

Tight end Jimmy Graham broke kellen Winslow's record for passing yards by a tight end and held it for a few minutes before Rob Gronkowski of New England would surpass Graham.

Graham said, "I guess records are meant to be broken but mine got broke pretty quickly. It doesn't much matter to me. I've just focused on this ring which is what I care about. You know just keep grinding, keep learning, keep getting better."

No doubt this Saints team is better than the 2009 Saints that captured the Super Bowl in Miami.  The NFC title will run through Green Bay and New Orleans has been running over the opposition with 8 straight victories taking aim on Lambeau Field.

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