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After Further Review: Saints needed Sunday's effort


New Orleans -- Forget the obvious playoff implications, the Saints needed a win Sunday for themselves.  Above all else, they needed  to get that winning feeling back that they had for most of the season.

"If you lose one or two or three or four or five in a row, I mean it's a brutal feeling," said tight end Jimmy Graham after the game.

For the Saints it was a feeling that came after two losses in a row and three losses in their last four games. Even worse, it came at the worst possible time. After beginning December in a battle for the one seed in the NFC with Seattle, the Saints finished it by taking the sixth and final spot in the playoffs.

But at least they got that six seed on their own terms, not with the help of any other team. It's not the ideal situation but given their predicament, it was the best possible scenario for them. Limping into the playoffs, with a home loss or lackluster effort, would not have instilled the same confidence.

That didn't happen on Sunday. Instead, they made their last game of the season inside the Mercedes Benz Superdome count and held true their home turf reputation in the victory. The Saints dominated yet another team before the third quarter was even complete.

Now, its on the postseason where the journey to the promised land will begin and end on the road. The media was locked and loaded with road questions in the post game locker room. The players were ready with candid responses. But rather than give us the generic ‘we'll-look-at-the-film-and-have-a-good-week-of-practice' answer, they took a different approach and offered suggestions on how they will overcome their road deficiencies.

Cam Jordan said the team will bring in a new Gatorade flavor. Robert Meachem said the team will eat Popeye's. Lance Moore wants a different set of sweats for pre-game warmups.

We all got the point.

While, yes, their road woes are real, they're not going to make it any bigger than it is. They got themselves into the tournament and now it's a new season.

"It's the playoffs everybody is 0-0, it's time to get ready for the party," cornerback Keenan Lewis said afterwards.

Indeed it is, and it's a party the Saints know they'll overcome something they've never been able to do as a franchise before to be the last team standing.

But as they say, there's a first time for everything.

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