After Further Review: Saints catching the type of breaks that come with a special season

Sean Payton coaches the Saints to a victory in Baltimore.
Sean Payton coaches the Saints to a victory in Baltimore.(Photo by Michael DeMocker, | The Times-Picayune)
Updated: Oct. 21, 2018 at 10:55 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -I hate going here, especially in October. But it’s just how my mind works sometimes.

I know, I know it’s only week seven and there’s still a long way to go. I know the Saints only have a one game lead in their own division.

Still, when I see how the Saints won Sunday in Baltimore, I can’t help but think that these are the same kind of breaks they got back in 2009.

Justin Tucker is universally regarded as the best kicker in football. During warmups he was booming the ball from 68 yards with ease. So when he came on to attempt the 223rd career extra point, after he made all of his previous 222, anyone would think automatic. We’re going to overtime.

Except it didn’t go through the uprights.

What? Did that just happen? Tucker actually missed the extra point. We were all ready to criticize the coverage bust. Now the Saints are going to win this game.

“It’s funny sometimes how this game is,” Sean Payton after the win.

Very true and this franchise has been on the wrong side many times. Anyone remember the River City Relay in Jacksonville?

But it’s equally important to put Sunday’s win into context. Let’s not get it twisted: The team that played the best on Sunday won the game. The Saints had a better plan, better execution and perhaps better talent all around. They scored 17 second half points against a defense that hadn’t allowed a second half touchdown all year. The Saints may have caught the final break, but they, without question, deserved to win. This wasn’t Cleveland in week two.

But the overall point is this: special seasons generally have moments of good fortune.

On Sunday, they received a nice of dose of it.

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