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Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Saints did everything it took

By Pat Yasinskas

If you want to know what champions are made of, look no further than the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.

Marques Colston
It was an off night for the New Orleans offense, but Marques Colston came up big when the Saints needed him most.
They took everything the San Francisco 49ers could throw out them Monday night and the 49ers played just about as good a game as they could have. It didn’t matter because the Saints are the better team and they were going to do whatever it took to win, 25-22, on a last-second field goal by Garrett Hartley.

That’s exactly what happened after the 49ers tied the game at 22 with one minute, 19 seconds left. Then, with the wind literally at his back, Drew Brees did exactly what he did last year -- when the wind was symbolically at his back -- all the way to the Super Bowl.

Although he hadn’t been his usual precise self much of the night, Brees was a machine on the final drive. His back-shoulder pass to Marques Colston to set up the field goal was a thing of beauty. Hartley’s field goal wasn’t a work of art, but the kick made it through the uprights and the Saints are 2-0.

On to some more observations on the Saints.