The New Orleans Saints steamrolled the Arizona Cardinals today in their divisional round matchup at the Superdome. Drew Brees was 23 for 37 with 247 yards and 3 touchdowns and Reggie Bush was electric, racking in 217 all-purpose yards and scoring 2 touchdowns. Things were looking good for the Cardinals after Tim Hightower scored a 70 yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage but New Orleans' high-powered offense responded right away as Brees led touchdown drives on 5 of their first 6 possessions.
The Saints kept the pressure on quarterback Kurt Warner all game, blitzing him throughout and even knocking him out of the game for a possession after Warner threw an interception right before halftime. After the Saints lost their last 3 games of the regular season there was more than a few questions concerning New Orleans and whether they had lost their edge. They quieted all critics however with a dominating performance this afternoon that now has them 1 game away from the Super Bowl that has alluded the franchise for decades.
"We came off a stretch where we had all the advantages of being rested," New Orleans coach Sean Payton said. "We played with a lot of energy."
"We had a plan the whole time," Brees added, "It was hard for anybody to understand that plan if you're not a member of my team, but we trusted in that plan, that process. We executed throughout the week and it showed in the game."