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Saints will now have to win on road in playoffs for only their 2nd win in the history of Payton and Brees. I do not see it happening. Teams just have a stigma attached that cannot be absolved.
I think we can beat SF on the road. I feel a lot better about this team's ability to play away this year than I did last.
 

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All I know is this Packers team is the 5th best team in the NFC and could end up the 1 seed. We get a lucky weather break in Lambeau and we can beat them by 2 TDs. They have nothing that scares anyone except potential single digit temps to neutralize the other team somewhat.
 

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There is ZERO chance we beat the Packers in the playoffs. The refs will never allow it. Also, I wouldn't be surprised to see SEA take their foot off the gas since they're locked out from the bye now and their two scenarios are:

1. Win to end up 12-4, get the 3 seed, and host MIN.

2. Lose to end up 11-5, get the 5 seed, and play PHI/DAL on the road.

I don't think there's nearly enough upside to risking injuries to starters just to gain homefield advantage in a game where neither opponent is noticeably better than the other and your team is already reeling from injuries.
 

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It is one of those years when you have had a successful season, but everything else went against you. The niners lucky plays, the injury to Brees in Rams game with the fumble return for a TD not called, the Packers lucky two wins against the Lions, the lucky win by Niners against the Rams last week...etc. Saints just did not have enough else go their way. They have an uphill battle folks. Plain and simple.
 

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There is ZERO chance we beat the Packers in the playoffs. The refs will never allow it. Also, I wouldn't be surprised to see SEA take their foot off the gas since they're locked out from the bye now and their two scenarios are:

1. Win to end up 12-4, get the 3 seed, and host MIN.

2. Lose to end up 11-5, get the 5 seed, and play PHI/DAL on the road.

I don't think there's nearly enough upside to risking injuries to starters just to gain homefield advantage in a game where neither opponent is noticeably better and your team is already reeling from injuries.
No way! They want that 1st playoff game at home. Are you crazy? Plus they want to be division champs!
To think any team would prefer to tank and play their 1st playoff game on the road, is ridiculous.
 

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It is one of those years when you have had a successful season, but everything else went against you. The niners lucky plays, the injury to Brees in Rams game with the fumble return for a TD not called, the Packers lucky two wins against the Lions, the lucky win by Niners against the Rams last week...etc. Saints just did not have enough else go their way. They have an uphill battle folks. Plain and simple.
We went 5-0 with Teddy being a game manager. If that ain't luck, what is?
 

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Some people will deny this and say the l to the 49ers is what hurt. I don't agree. The 49ers are a good team. We knew that game would be hard. I just hate that they got a first round bye and lost to 2 trash teams.
Good grief. Let it go. The Saints will be fine on the road or at home. They're peaking at the right time. fork the losses. 13-3 is an awesome season, especially considering Brees was out 5 games. The pessimism is ridiculous.
 
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There is ZERO chance we beat the Packers in the playoffs. The refs will never allow it. Also, I wouldn't be surprised to see SEA take their foot off the gas since they're locked out from the bye now and their two scenarios are:

1. Win to end up 12-4, get the 3 seed, and host MIN.

2. Lose to end up 11-5, get the 5 seed, and play PHI/DAL on the road.

I don't think there's nearly enough upside to risking injuries to starters just to gain homefield advantage in a game where neither opponent is noticeably better than the other and your team is already reeling from injuries.

Ummmm.... I think if today's games taught us anything, it's that NFL games simply don't follow that script. They don't... This isn't the NBA, teams don't strategically angle for what "might" be a better playoff matchup. As gross as this league is, the players do tend to play the games like it's the last game they'll ever play.

Seattle is not rolling over against their biggest rival. At all.
 

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