The Green Bay Packers may be the team to beat in the NFC but on Monday night, the New Orleans Saints gave a little reminder that they have their own SuperBowl winning QB and that you better not take a game off against him.
In a Monday night matchup that featured two teams almost desperately needing a win, it the Saints who played like a team wanting to make the postseason in a 49-24 rout of the New York Giants. New Orleans QB Drew Brees shredded the once sturdy New York defense for 363 yards and four touchdowns. For good measure, he added one more on the ground in a night that was just about perfect for the NFC's other QB with a SuperBowl ring.
"Can't say enough about our team. Our coaches, offense, defense — it was a great team win tonight in every aspect," Brees said.
In every blowout win, and don't let the final score fool you as the Giants scored 14 garbage time point in the fourth quarter, there is an ecstatic winner and a stunned loser. Playing the loser part is the hapless New York Giants, who have lost 3 straight now and with the Packers next week, are in danger of falling out of the playoff hunt. This collapse is eerily reminiscent of a year ago and is starting to make certain Giants personnel a little chippy.
"We didn't stop them. How much further explanation do you want?" said Giants coach Tom Coughlin. "We prepared well, but when we got in the game we didn't cover well. When we don't get to the passer, we have trouble."
Coughlin, who should be feeling the fire under his coaching seat right about now, wasn't the only one set out of sorts by this lopsided primetime loss but where he showed signs of cracking, his players took it more in stride.
"It's hard not to know when you're getting your butt whipped, but I didn't see any moping I was concerned about," Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck said. "We played hard, (but) it's hard to smile when you're losing like that."
The road to the SuperBowl in the NFC inevitably going to go through Green Bay and beating them in any situation is no small task this season but if any team has a shot at it, its the Saints who can run up the score with any team as evidenced by this game and even their week 1 game against the Packers where they fought tooth and nail but fell 42-34.
The Saints have improved greatly since that week 1 loss but still need to shore up some trouble areas before they can be considered a contender, a fact that is not lost on Brees.
"We can always get better. There's always something to prove. The challenges only get greater as you move through the season," Brees said before looking ahead to his team's next game. "Sunday night football next week, we got Detroit coming to town, on a short week, so we're going to have to get ourselves back on track out here pretty quick and ready for that game."
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