The Divisional playoff round kicked off this past weekend and proved who deserved to be there vying for the Superbowl.
Action began on Saturday, when the Saints took on the Arizona Cardinals in the Superdome. New Orleans were coming off their Bye week and they came out fired up and definitely well rested. They began the game in normal New Orleans fashion by going down by a touchdown in the early going. Cardinals runningback Tim Hightower took a handoff and ran it 70 yards into the Saints endzone to score the first points of the game. But that was pretty much all the Cardinals could cheer for the entire game, since the Saints offence was potent as three separate players scored touchdowns in the first quarter alone.
Reggie Bush had a game to remember as he had 217 all-purpose yards along with two touchdowns. In the third quarter, he returned a punt for 83 yards alone to put the Saints up by 31 points. Drew Brees had a relatively quiet game by his standards as he threw for 247 yards and three touchdowns.
The Saints easily rolled over
the Cardinals, whose defence was almost unnoticeable compared to the offence against them. They had no answer for Bush or any offensive player on the Saints. Kurt Warner was able to spread out 205 passing yards, but was intercepted once as well. The win for the Saints means they will play Dallas or Minnesota depending on the outcome in Sundays game. Either way, it will set up a great match-up between the Cowboys (who ended the Saints winning streak) or Minnesota (who Brett Favre is the QB).
In AFC action, the Indianapolis Colts took on the Baltimore Ravens, and the Colts were able to defeat the tough defence Baltimore is known for. In the first quarter, the teams exchanged field goals and were tied at three. The tide changed for Baltimore in the second quarter as Manning picked their defence apart with a mixture of run and pass. The defence looked off-balance and took several penalties, which led to scoring drives for the Colts. The teams went into half-time with Indianapolis leading by 14. This proved to be all the Colts needed as Flacco could not find a receiver for most of the night, and when he did, the receiver managed to drop the pass. The penalties and lack of offence led to the Ravens disappointing loss and sets up a Colts vs. Chargers or Jets next week.
Next week will be exciting as it has the makings of two classic games. The Saints have homefield advantage with whomever they play and so do the Colts. Currently, the Colts are favoured to win the Superbowl, but in sports, anything can happen.