NEW ORLEANS, LA (WLOX) - The New Orleans Saints didn't claim the NFC South Division title, but you can't complain about an 11-win season.
The Saints secured an NFC Wildcard Playoff spot and will travel to 10 and 6 Philadelphia Saturday night at 7:10. The Eagles captured the NFC East Division championship.
Green Bay captured the NFC North Division title with only 8 wins,7 losses and a tie.
On this New Year's Eve, you can bet Eagle defenders are having nightmares thinking about the Saints explosive offensive attack and how to take the sizzle out of the New Orleans air game.
Whenever Drew Brees is running the Saints offense you can expect an all-out aerial assault. In Sunday's 42-17 win over Tampa Bay,
Brees passed for 300 yards for the 78th time in his career. That ranks second in NFL history behind Peyton Manning's 84.
The 350-yard passing game was the 40th time Brees has accomplished that feat, that's the most in NFL history.
Tight end Jimmy Graham ended the 2013 regular season with a franchise record 16 touchdown receptions for the second-most by a tight end in NFL history, one shy of the record.
Graham says if you give Brees time to throw the football, he'll carve up a defensive secondary.
"We just have to protect him. He's... in my opinion the best quarterback in the game." Graham added,"If he has time and if we're running the ball well to where guys are not going to pass rush all the time, he's dangerous. He's a surgeon and we have to keep it up this week."
The Saints defense will be a big factor in Saturday's playoff game with Philadelphia.
Outside linebacker Junior Galette and defensive lineman Cameron Jordan are two Saints the Eagles offense must try to contain.
The duo combined for 24 and a-half sacks. New Orleans piled up 49 sacks on the season, the most for a Saints defense since the 2001 Saints piled-up 53.