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After Further Review: Saints finally breakthrough

I don't know how the Saints' 2014 season is going play out. There's still too much football to be played.

What I do know is if the Saints are able to turn an ugly start into a respectable finish, we will look back at Sunday night's 21-point beat down over the Packers as the game that got it all started.

For at least this night, the Saints were the Saints again. If Sunday was the first time you'd seen either of these two teams play, it would have been difficult to decipher which team had lost four of their first six games and which team was one of the hottest in football.

In front a home crowd and a prime-time audience, the Saints did what we've become accustomed to them doing.

Drew Brees executed at his highest level all season. He only threw five incompletions, none in second half, and was not picked off. And hopefully finally put the ridiculous 'arm strength' theory to rest in the process with several downfield, accurate throws.

Mark Ingram toted the rock a career high 24 times and made the most of them by playing perhaps the best game of his career.

The defense sacked Aaron Rodgers and took the ball away three times. And even when Rodgers was dealing, like he was the entire first half, they stepped up at the right time to force three field goals when touchdowns seemed inevitable. Those missed opportunities added up when the final score was tallied.

It was easily their best and most complete performance to date. It was the kind of performance this team desperately needed. It was the type of performance everyone inside the locker room knew they had in them. It just hadn't come out yet.

On Sunday night it did. In a big way.

Officially, their 44-23 win over Green Bay only counts as their third win of the 2014 season. But if the season eventually goes where everyone wants it go, it'll turn out to be so much more.

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