NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -
Obviously given the high stakes, Sunday's two-touchdown deficit in the first quarter felt, as tight end Ben Watson put it, scary. But at the same time, they've had to play from behind before, especially down the final stretch of the season in December. They overcame deficits of seven points or more against the Bucs and Panthers in weeks 14 and 15 and erased a four-point fourth quarter Steelers lead at home in week 16. It's a good trait to have, even if you'd rather start games a little bit faster.
"Just because we're down 14-0 doesn't mean that we can't come back," says tight end Ben Watson. "We're built for this. We have our foundation set in our preparation. The message yesterday (Sunday) was everything's not going to be right, but we can't be shaken by what happens. We have to have some resiliency, and we did."
But turning the page to the match-up with the Rams, part of the challenge is being prepared mentally for the moment. Even some of the Saints veteran players like a Cam Jordan, Mark Ingram or Terron Armstead have never played in an NFC championship game. Still, having experienced the ups and downs of the NFL postseason before, they do know the opportunity that lies ahead.
"We know what's at stake," says Armstead. "We know the opportunity, how limited the opportunity is for anybody in the NFL. We approach this game as such, and we're just looking to come out with a win."
"It's not like we have a team that's a 'Cinderella' team that hasn't had any type of experience," says Watson. "That's a good thing. It's good to have that type of game experience. Also, it's good to have that feeling of it's like to be out there and to win and to lose."
That’s what speaks volumes for the Saints mentality right now. Despite what you see on social media in the moments immediately following the game, the celebration for a divisonal round playoff win is limited. There are much bigger goals ahead.