NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Philadelphia was the wakeup call - the warning that things won’t necessarily go the way they did in the regular season.
Now the Saints play the Los Angeles Rams, yet another playoff opponent returning to the Superdome after being beaten there by New Orleans in the regular season.
Given the nature of that game, the matchup was a terrific playoff preview.
Saints running back Mark Ingram said that coming off the field he had a feeling the teams might meet again down the road.
It should come as no surprise that either team is in the NFC Championship Game given what the Saints built on from a year ago, and what the Rams built on with trades and free agency.
“We saw the moves they were making all off season so clearly they were trying to assemble the ‘Dream Team,’” Ingram said.
He pointed to defensive players like Ndamukong Suh and former LSU standout Michael Brockers.
“We have a lot of respect for them. (Aqib) Talib, (Marcus) Peters, the backers, the safeties, they’re a well-coached unit. They play hard, they play fast. It’s the NFC Championship, you’re going to play against another great team with great players,” Ingrams said.
The game on Sunday should be like a heavyweight fight on Sunday.
History does side with the Saints, given their undefeated playoff record at home. This team can leave its mark as well. Sunday’s win was the first time New Orleans won a playoff game while scoring less than 25 points, a sign that they’re capable of winning in several ways.