It's been said that "fortune befriends the bold." It was the Saints who were the bold yesterday.
It wouldn't all be positive. Two failed first-quarter challenges and a time out left the Saints time out-less for the first half with 50 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
But from the fake field goal on their third possession to a third-and-four 20-yard connection to Marques Colston with 2:09 left on their last possession to clinch the win, the Saints played with a passion fueled by aggression.
The result was a second straight victory and the first of the season on the road. A season that has - for the moment - been rescued from imminent collapse. A season that can be at .500 with a victory on Sunday. A season that at its mid-point can have newly-found relevance over the final eight games.
To be at four and four next week at this time will require beating a New York Giants team that won over the Cowboys yesterday as the Saints won over the Colts - with contributions from all three units.
The Giants returned a kickoff and an interception for touchdowns, which they hadn't done in the same game in the last 64 years. They got a rushing touchdown from former Tulane stand-out Orleans Darkwa, who was permitted to carry the ball for the first time this season. He'll be one of a handful of Louisiana products returning home next Sunday. But the Saints don't figure to be a welcoming homecoming opponent.
The Giants haven't won here since 1993 - have lost their last three here by an average score of 47 to 20.
There's no reason to throttle-down now, not when the Saints have been the bold and the beautiful as a result.
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