JOEinPHX Posted September 21, 2010 Share Posted September 21, 2010 Just read the Yasinskas review of last night's game. You can see the entire piece herehttp://espn.go.com/blog/nfcsouthbut I'll excerpt a little of it for you.If you want to know what champions are made of, look no further than the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. They took everything the San Francisco 49ers could throw at them Monday night and the 49ers played just about as good a game as they could have. It didn’t matter because the Saints are the better team and they were going to do whatever it took to win, 25-22, on a last-second field goal by Garrett Hartley.That’s exactly what happened after the 49ers tied the game at 22 with one minute, 19 seconds left. Then, with the wind literally at his back, Drew Brees did exactly what he did last year -- when the wind was symbolically at his back -- all the way to the Super Bowl.Although he hadn’t been his usual precise self much of the night, Brees was a machine on the final drive. His back-shoulder pass to Marques Colston to set up the field goal was a thing of beauty. Hartley’s field goal wasn’t a work of art, but the kick made it through the uprights and the Saints are 2-0.I underlined the bit about taking what the Niners threw at them because it only tells half the story. Yes, the San Francisco offense was effective and efficient for the most part. But the Niners also handed the Saints a fumble, two picks, a muffed punt in the red zone, and a bad-snap safety.The Saints played like champions for exactly one possession, and even then had their game winning field goal partially blocked. If the Falcons play their game and avoid the mistakes the Niners made (and there's no reason to think they won't), next Sunday's outcome should be a pleasant one. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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