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Playoff Flashback: Jan. 16, 2010, NFC Divisional Playoff, Saints 45, Cardinals 28

Posted Jan 7, 2014

The Saints punched a ticket to their second NFC championship game appearance

The Saints punched a ticket to their second NFC championship game appearance in four years by throttling the Cardinals. New Orleans survived a 70-yard rushing score by Arizona on the first play of the game to score three straight first quarter touchdowns, including runs by RBs Lynell Hamilton and Reggie Bush and a 17-yard TD pass from QB Drew Brees to TE Jeremy Shockey. After Arizona RB Beanie Wells closed the  score to 21-14 with a second quarter four-yard TD run, the Saints ran up 24 unanswered points, punctuated by an 83-yard punt return for a score by Bush. After giving up the initial touchdown run, the Saints' defense would only allow 31 more yards on the ground and forced two turnovers. The Saints controlled the ball for more than 36 minutes and rolled up 27 first downs and 418 yards in the win.

 

Arizona Cardinals                   7          7          0          0          14

New Orleans Saints                 21        14        10        0          45

 

                                                          ARZ                  NO

Total First Downs                    15                    27

Total Net yards                       359                  418

Rushes-yards                         15-101             34-171

Net yards Passing                    258                  247

Passing (A-C-I)                       36-24-1            32-23-0

Sacked-yards                          1-8                   0-0

Punts-Average                        6-43.5              4-42.8

Fumbles-Lost                          3-1                   0-0

Penalties-yards Lost                 3-22                 6-44

Time of Possession                  23:33               36:27

 

RUSHING

ARZ: Hightower 6-87, 1 TD; Wells 5-7, 1 TD; Stephens-Howling 2-4; Wright 1-3; Warner 1-0

NO: Bush 5-84, 1 TD; P.Thomas 13-52; Hamilton 5-23, 1 TD; Bell 6-11; Meachem 1-4; D.Thomas 1-0; Brees 3-(-3)

PASSING

ARZ: Warner 26-17-1, 205 yards; Leinart 10-7-0, 61 yards

NO: Brees 32-23-0, 247 yards, 3 TDs

RECEIVING

ARZ: Doucet 8-68; Fitzgerald 6-77; Breaston 4-52; Hightower 3-27; Urban 2-34; Becht 1-8

NO: Colston 6-83, 1 TD; Henderson 4-80, 1 TD; Bush 4-24; P.Thomas 4-18; Shockey 3-36, 1 TD; Moore 2-6

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