Saints relying on running game for success

Drew Brees and the Saints receiving core showed once again why they're one of the top groups in the NFL in Atlanta. But not to be outdone, the running backs racked up 139 yards against the dirty bird defense.

"Probably a little bit of all of it. I thought up front we were able to get hats on the right spots.  I thought our runners ran hard.  Someone asked a question yesterday about the significance of the perimeter blocking and I think that is important especially when you see big runs, generally someone is on the perimeter handling the force.  This is a tough group we are playing this week.  They defend the run real well. They are big.  Their safeties support extremely well.  That will be a challenge, said Head Coach Sean Payton."

Both playoff games last season the Saints running backs went over a 100 yards rushing combined, they repeated that feat in Atlanta, and the streak has a chance to continue thanks to a new mindset.

I think it's a little bit more patience. We want to stay focused on the run game. This year we've emphasized running the ball a lot more so we can be a balanced team like we used to be in the past. You see a lot of guys taking focus on how important the run game is, what they can do to establish it. For us our running back core, we want to establish what we can do to get ourselves better to get the run game going. That's meeting with the O-line without the coaches.

"We've improved as the season went on and those last handful of games and into the postseason against Philadelphia we felt like we were running the ball pretty effectively even in Seattle with the loss.  It is something that we feel like is important especially for our offense, said Payton."