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McAllister heart and soul of Saints

With Deuce McAllister leading the way, the Saints' improbable march continues on to the NFC championship game, writes Len Pasquarelli.

Updated: January 14, 2007, 11:03 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

NEW ORLEANS -- For all his brilliance as an offensive plotter, the fearlessness with which Sean Payton directs the New Orleans attack, the Saints' first-year head coach all but ceded the play-calling chores to the raucous fans threatening to blow the roof off the Superdome for the final few series of Saturday night's divisional-round victory.

And why not permit the fans to usurp his authority?

After all, everyone knew who was getting the football, right, as the Saints clung to a 27-24 ...

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