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By Kevin Noonan / CBS Sports

This game was hyped as a possible preview of the NFC Championship Game, since it pitted the NFL's top-ranked offense against its top-ranked defense.

If that's the case, give the edge to the offense and punch the New Orleans Saints' ticket to Miami for Super Bowl XLIV. The Saints dominated the Philadelphia Eagles 48-22 on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field in an early-season showdown between two of the best teams in the conference.

Beating the Detroit Lions -- who didn't win a game last season -- by 18 points is one thing. To beat the Eagles -- who played in the NFC Championship Game last season -- by 26 points is something else. And that's why this convincing victory stamps the Saints as the top contender in the NFC.

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