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Saints see ground game thriving at right time

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METAIRIE, La. (AP) - When Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman started studying video for this Saturday's rematch with the Saints in the NFC playoffs, he noticed something different about New Orleans' offense.

Sherman says the Saints are "running the ball extremely well, and that is different" from the teams' previous meeting on Dec. 2, which the Seahawks won 34-7.

The Saints, whose offense has been defined by Drew Brees' prolific passing for the past eight years, piled up 185 yards rushing in an opening-round playoff victory at Philadelphia last weekend.

Mark Ingram carried 18 times for 97 yards and a touchdown. Rookie Khiry Robinson added 45 yards on eight carries.

Fullback Jed Collins says the Saints knew that needed to run better in the playoffs and are confident in the ground game going forward.

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