NEW ORLEANS, Lou. (WLOX) - When the Saints and Bears meet on Sunday, it will be just the third-ever postseason meeting between the two. The last time they met - back in 2007 - a Super Bowl trip was on the line.
Of course, a decade and a half has passed between then and now, and virtually every name on either sideline is different. The question this week, in the midst of an unprecedented season, is, who will suit up for the black and gold? Alvin Kamara is eligible to return from the COVID reserve list if he remains asymptomatic, but would have to play without practicing with the team. Michael Thomas is reportedly on track to play - according to the NFL Network - after being reinstated from the I-R.
But even with all the change between now and the last postseason meeting with Chicago 14 years ago, Sean Payton was there then, and he’s still there now - and he’s leaning on experience to get his team ready for playoff football.
“I don’t think as a coach you have to remind them that this is the playoffs,” Payton said. “I think as a coach you remind them of what wins in the playoffs and that’s the fundamentals, the attention to detail, you win the game during the week in your preparation, your rest, hydration, understanding the game plan, pad level, that ultimately - the fundamentals of what we’ve taught all year, you go back to and you emphasize and you stress.”