Back on Thanksgiving, the New Orleans Saints became just the 15th team to clinch a division title before week 14 since the NFL went to eight divisions in 2002.
Only one of the previous 14 teams would go on to win a Super Bowl and that team was the 2009 Saints. But the Black and Gold still have a long way to go before doing something that ’09 squad did which is clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Presenting Sunday’s Superdome Showdown against the San Francisco 49ers featuring a battle of 10-2 powerhouses.
A Saints win would give them the all-important head-to-head tie-breaker as well as a clear path to the NFC one seed, that’s why they say, the South is not enough. Saints Tight End Jared Cook said, “The stage is set. I mean it is what it is. We know that we have challenges ahead of us this week. We know how important this game is. And we’re taking the steps starting today to kind of match that intensity throughout the week.”
Saints Quarterback Drew Brees said, “Listen, we understand the playoff implications as a result of this game. But if you go in with that mindset every week, if you play with that same mindset, it’s like you’re getting ready for the Super Bowl every week. It’s like you’re getting ready for that big game, that meaningful game each week. So if you prepare that way, if you believe that in your heart, then when you step out there on Sunday you know that you’ve done everything you can to put yourself in the best position to win. That’s all you can do.”
The Saints and 49ers will kick things off from the Mercedes Benz Superdome at noon Sunday.