On the road...outside...sub-freezing temperatures...playoff football. The Saints have had problems overcoming all of those factors individually. To overcome all of them collectively as winter storm Hercules bears down on the Northeast would appear to present the Saints with a fittingly Herculean task.
Saints 0-5 on the road in the playoffs, 0-3 in the Payton era, Drew Brees 0-3 in his Saints' career with the temperature below 30 degrees at kickoff.
The Saints have been reminded of those failures ad nauseum this week. Their collective response at their coach's direction has been to deflect such negativity with frivolity, pledges to change the team's food, drink, and fashion on the road in order to change its fortunes, lightening the psychological burden of these circumstances instead of dwelling on them.
Saints' winless drought in the playoffs on the road? Hey, the eagles hadn't won a road playoff game in 44 years before they beat the Saints in the dome in 1993.
Sub-freezing temperatures? it's mind over matter. If you don't mind, it don't matter.
It comes down to doing what we do best and the Eagles do poorly...to doing better what we don't do best and the Eagles do. The Saints second ranked passing attack against the Eagle defense...dead last against the pass. The Eagles' top-ranked rushing offense against the Saint defense that is second against the pass but 19th against the run.
The road to the Super Bowl is a steep one for a sixth-seeded wild card and it begins under treacherous conditions Saturday night in Philadelphia. Only two of those number six seeds have reached their destination but both won it all upon getting there.