The Saints are off to their best start since 2007 and they have already won a Super Bowl in six seasons.
They are coming off of a victory that helped clinch their first-ever NFC South crown, but their most impressive win of the season came against the Denver Broncos.
The Saints defeated the defending champion Miami Dolphins 27-24 on Sunday night to clinch a wild-card berth.
Here are five takeaways from Sunday’s game: 1.
The Saints had a lot to celebrate.
The team’s first victory in a wild card game was a big one.
It marked the fifth time the Saints have captured the Super Bowl.
A week ago, they won the NFC South title.
The victory came on the heels of a thrilling 24-14 win over the Denver Broncos in Week 4.
It also marked the first time the team won two consecutive games.
New Orleans also had three straight wins to open the season.
The win is a testament to the players, coaches and staff, who have built an extremely successful foundation for success.
They have earned the right to represent their franchise in this year’s Super Bowl, and they deserve the chance to do it again next year.
It was a special day for Brees.
The former MVP had a game-high 28 receptions for 302 yards and two touchdowns.
He also caught seven passes for 107 yards and one touchdown.
It’s the second time he’s eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving this season.
He also had a career-high six touchdowns.
Brees had a strong game against a good Denver defense that was missing key starters in nose tackle Jared Crick and defensive end DeMarcus Ware.
New England’s defense allowed just 2.9 yards per carry, which ranked second in the NFL.
It’s been a very successful season for Brees, who has led the Saints to the playoffs in five of his six seasons as the team’s quarterback.
He is the franchise’s all-time leader in career passing yards (2,979), completion percentage (63.9), touchdown passes (25) and interceptions (17).
The return of DeMarcus Lawrence is a major boost for the defense.
Lawrence was a key contributor to the defense, catching a career high eight passes for 90 yards.
He was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week after being the team leader with eight passes defensed.
His impact has been significant because he is one of only two players to lead the league in total tackles, sacks and forced fumbles.
He has also forced a fumble twice.
Lawrence has helped the Saints stay healthy and ready for the playoffs, which should help their defense as they look to make it four straight appearances in the postseason.
New York has one of the best offensive lines in the league.
The unit has been one of New Orleans’ best in the last three years.
The defense has helped New Orleans make the playoffs five straight years.
This year’s defense has played well in the trenches, which was highlighted by a victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
Newel Jones, a second-year player who was a starter in 2013, is expected to start for the first and only time this season after missing the first three games of the regular season with a neck injury.
The first-round draft pick from Texas A&M also has had his share of injuries.
It could be a big year for Jones.
The offensive line had a big night.
The line had seven players record at least two tackles for loss, and it ranked first in the NFC.
New Orleans was the only team to rank in the top 10 in both tackles for a loss (15) and sacks (12) during the regular-season.
It ranked third in total sacks (32), fourth in quarterback hurries (12), third in quarterback hits (11) and fourth in forced fumbled fumbles (two).
The line also forced two fumbles, which ranks second in NFL.
It is the first team in the history of the NFL to force two fumigations in the same game.
The offense struggled on special teams.
The Patriots finished with just seven field goals and missed on three of their four attempts.
The final missed field goal was a 27-yarder by Tom Brady in overtime that was ruled an illegal kick.
The only field goal missed on the night was by the Saints’ Justin Tucker, who missed an 18-yard attempt.
That is one missed field-goal.
That’s the worst in NFL history.
The Broncos did a great job against the Saints.
Denver scored all three points in the second half of Sunday’s blowout victory.
The Panthers went up 30-24 in the fourth quarter, and the Saints took advantage of a 3rd-and-3 situation.
The Dolphins responded by punting to the Saints, who punted back to the Panthers, who drove the ball down the field.
Denver then kicked a 39-yard field goal to tie the game. Denver