The Saints have won plenty of big games under Sean Payton, but there wasn’t a road win any bigger than their Monday night thriller in the Georgia Dome to clinch a playoff spot. They didn’t want to wait to come home to New Orleans to celebrate.
Defensive players re-emerged from the locker room after the game to gather and take group photos at midfield.
“We didn’t want to wait until next week to clinch the playoffs,” Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma told Mike Triplette of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “We wanted a remembrance of this. That’s why we went out and had our picture taken on the Falcon.”
These two division rivals have played five straight games decided by one score. Their two matchups this season were among the best the NFL has to offer. Hopefully we get a rubber match in three weeks.
If that happens, something tells me we’ll hear more from the Falcons about where the Saints decided to celebrate.