By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, February 7th, 2010 at 7:55 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Would love to eat my words, except I’m too full of jambalaya, shrimp, spicy chicken wings, etc.
A well-deserved win for the Saints, who got their first defensive touchdown in more than a month _ off Peyton Manning, no less _ and showed many of the same qualities which made them one of the NFL’s most impressive teams through the first 12 games.
Have to love a team which recovers an onsides kick to open the second half, converts it into a touchdown, then is unruffled when Indianapolis immediately answers with its final score.
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees played the Colts’ Cover 2 defense beautifully, content to take all the short throws it allows without forcing anything downfield and avoiding the kind of mistake Manning made at the end.
Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving player or a more deserving team.
The Saints played similar to the way the Raiders played the last time they were any good, only to unravel in the final game against Tampa Bay.
Fell behind 10-0, outscored Indianapolis 31-7 the rest of the way, and immediately put on hold any thought of Manning joining the likes of Montana, Bradshaw and Brady and bottom-line, championship quarterbacks.
Hell, he’s still a game behind Jim Plunkett.