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Saints rout Cardinals 45-14, continue march to Miami

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Orleans Saints are one of five NFL teams that have never gone to a Super Bowl. This year's Saints are one victory away from changing that.

With Drew Brees tossing three TD passes and Reggie Bush electrifying the Superdome with two touchdowns and 217 total yards, the Saints demolished Arizona 45-14. That ends the Cardinals' dream of returning to the Super Bowl for a second straight year.

After Arizona's Tim Hightower stunned the New Orleans crowd with a 70-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage, New Orleans responded with 21 unanswered points. The Saints took a 35-14 halftime lead in what was the highest-scoring first half of any NFL playoff game in history.

Brees finished 23-of-32 for 247 yards and three scores.

Bush, the former Heisman Trophy winner, had a huge night. He ripped off a 46-yard TD run to make it 21-7. He then salted the game away with an 83-yard punt return in the second half.

Brees threw touchdowns of 17 yards to Jeremy Shockey, 44 yards to Devery Henderson and 2 yards to Marques Colston.

New Orleans' defense forced two turnovers. The Saints briefly knocked Kurt Warner from the game with a crushing block during Will Smith's interception return. The 90 points Arizona yielded in the first two rounds of the playoffs set a record for consecutive games in one postseason.

Next Sunday the Saints will host an NFC title game for the first time in franchise history. They will meet the winner of Sunday's Dallas-Minnesota game

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