HATTIESBURG, MS - Three weeks ago, the Saints were sitting at 0-3 and you start to hear about all the statistics on 0-3 teams and their chances of making the playoffs (Since 1980, only five teams that started off 0-3 made the playoffs).
But after Sunday, New Orleans has suddenly won two games in a row and its season is still very much alive. While there isn't much room for error, Saints quarterback Drew Brees says in the NFL, that's the case regardless.
"These are defining wins," Brees said. "These are ones that you can draw from as the season goes along and really get a lot of strength from. Also, it gives you great confidence and poise when those situations arise in the future. Honestly, we've played five games and we've had five games just like that."
Four of the Saints five games this season have been decided by a field goal or less. New Orleans was on the right end of that stat this Sunday as 22-year-old rookie Wil Lutz out of Georgia State booted the game-winning 51-yarder to help New Orleans improve to 2-3.
"You get a little battle tested," said Saints head coach Sean Payton. "You find out about guys. There's a kick that Wil [Lutz] makes today that when we talk about developing young players, they're growing up in front of us. There's a rep right there that is obviously a significant play in the game."