Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
This is what the New Orleans Saints were supposed to be all along: A team with a high-powered offense and a defense capable of coming up with some big plays.
It just took 11 games for it all to come together. Too little, too late?
Maybe not. The Saints thumped the Packers, 51-29, to win back-to-back games for the first time all season and moved to 6-5. They're still last in the NFC South, but they're not out of it. Really.
It's going to take something special -- like playing this way for the rest of the season -- but it's not impossible. The Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 8-3 and the Atlanta Falcons are 7-4.
Guess what? The Saints have games with each of their three division rivals along with contests with Detroit and Chicago sprinkled in. The Saints may not even have to run the table to get in the playoffs.
Winning four out of five might be enough to do the trick. With Marques Colston and Jeremy Shockey suddenly starting to make plays and cornerback Jason David, long the least popular player on the roster, coming up with two interceptions, it's a start.
And maybe that late start is coming at just the right time.