On a day that was much to do about the return of Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara, the New Orleans Saints made it even more about their defense in a slime-filled 21-9 win over the Chicago Bears.
Both Thomas and Kamara scored touchdowns in their respective returns of a game that never really felt like the Saints were in danger of losing.
Had it not been for a one-handed touchdown catch from former Saints Tight End Jimmy Graham on the final play of the game, the Saints would have held the Bears out of the end zone entirely.
The Saints held the opposition to just one third down conversion and only eight first down totals, the fewest for a single game in Bears franchise history.
What would a Saints playoff win be without Head Coach Sean Payton getting slimed and not Cam Jordan, courtesy of Nickelodeon, airing their first ever NFL game. Defensive End Cameron Jordan said, “When you talk about me versus Sean getting slimed, I thought that was a no-brainer. I would serve him up every time most likely. He was coming in and I was coming through here, and yeah, like you said, I’m glad him. I’m glad it was him. I’m glad it was him. In fact, I’m more mad that I couldn’t set him up for me to dump the bucket on him. But if somebody had to get slimed, I’m glad it was him.”
Next up for the Saints, a third and final meeting with the Tom Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Brees’ first as a 42-year-old at 5:40 p.m. Sunday from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.