The New Orleans Saints are one of five
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 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