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That's no longer a concern, of course, with the 9-3 Saints making like a contender with grand designs. Payton called Sunday "a significant win" because Carolina walked into the Superdome with an 8-3 record, too. The New Orleans defense contained Newton and the Panthers' running game when it mattered, Brees did his thing, and the Saints' special teams wrecked Carolina's punt and punt return units.
Payton set a convincing tone on the game's first possession when he decided to go for six on fourth-and-goal at the 2-yard line. Kamara honored the coach's faith by taking Brees' pitch to the right and plowing his way home. "We're being aggressive," Brees said of the message sent by Payton's gamble. "We came here to win."
Ingram ripped off a 72-yard run, and Kamara, a rookie third-round pick, ran for two touchdowns and caught five passes for 66 yards, outplaying Christian McCaffrey, a first-round pick. But if you were looking for signs that the 2017 Saints might be touched by stardust, a lightning-fast, third-string quarterback out of BYU was the better place to start. Taysom Hill made his
NFL debut doing something he never did in high school or in college -- assuming the undignified role of kicking-game madman. He nearly blocked a punt, made two tackles and earned a high-five and a Cheshire Cat-like grin from Payton, who told Fox's broadcast team of Troy Aikman and Joe Buck that he believes Brees' replacement was in the building. Meaning Hill, who is having the time of his life learning from an all-time great.
"I get to see the way Drew practices, his habits, and it's easy to see why he's so good," Hill said. "The most valuable thing for me is his schedule, and he includes all the quarterbacks in that. So, the way he prepares for a game, we all prepare the same way. We spend a ton of time in the meeting room with him and see the way he looks at defenses and looks at matchups, and the experience has been invaluable.
"He works as hard as anyone I've ever been around. Coming to Michael Hoomanawanui Youth jersey New Orleans, I had this expectation that Drew's been in the league  years, so here's a guy who's seen it all. There's not a defense or a coverage he hasn't seen. So my expectation was that he probably doesn't need to spend additional time. And yet he still has a first-one-in, last-one-out mentality. I think that mentality trickles through our entire team."
Funny how it has all worked out -- this long, blissful marriage between an undersized, under-recruited winner from Austin, Texas, and a city that had enjoyed just one playoff victory in the 39 seasons predating his arrival in the spring of 2006. Brees was going to sign with Nick Saban's Miami Dolphins until a doctor predicted the right shoulder he tore up in his final game as a San Diego Charger wouldn't recover to the team's satisfaction, sending Brees to New Orleans and ultimately sending Saban to Tuscaloosa.
Brees became a symbol of post-Hurricane Katrina hope and, soon enough, a champion at the expense of Peyton Manning, whose father was the starting Saints quarterback -- and a good one -- in the bad old days. Archie Manning first met Brees at an awards function after the kid had put up dazzling high school numbers in his senior year.
"It seemed funny to me that here was a guy from Austin with this big high school career and he was going to Purdue," Archie Manning said. "He didn't get the big Texas offers, and I don't think that's ever left him.
I always thought Drew Jack Conklin Youth jersey played with a chip on his shoulder, and it was a stroke of luck that we got him in New Orleans. The Saints organization should go back to Miami every year and kiss that doctor's feet. Drew has no flaws as a quarterback, and he's a great athlete http://www.authenticcolumbusbluejackets.com/authentic-jack-johnson-jersey and leader. I would adopt him as a Manning."
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