The Saints proved once again how good they are in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, but with a 49ers win, Brees and company's path to the Super Bowl requires three road wins. And with their 3-5 record away from New Orleans, the Saints players had a few interesting off-the-field changes to give them a playoff boost.
"One of the things we did going into this game was change the recipe for our cheesy mac before the game and we're expecting to do the same thing on the road and hopefully that helps us out," said safety Malcolm Jenkins.
"Sweat suits. We need different sweat suits on the road," said wide receiver Lance Moore. "The ones that we have haven't been working out well for us. We went 3-5 on the road."
"Coach Payton said something about we're adding in a new Gatorade flavor for the week, so that'll help out with a whole bunch of different hydration problems we've been having," said defensive lineman Cameron Jordan.
"We're going to have the hotel change up the beefy mac recipe the night before, just give a little extra kick," said quarterback Drew Brees.
"I'm serious. We need to add more sauce," added Jenkins.
All jokes aside, the Saints said their dominating 42-17 win over the Bucs is just what they needed heading into the playoffs.
"We played well today. Offense was playing well, defense was playing well, special teams played well. We played a complete game. Going into the playoffs, you want to be clicking on all cylinders," said Moore.
"I think today was a great step in the right direction in regards to confidence and getting ready for this playoff run," Brees added.
"I just finished telling them it's hard to win 11 games in this league," said head coach Sean Payton. "It's hard to do."
With the playoff format, the saints will be back on the field Saturday, meaning a short week to prepare for life on the road.
"It's a quick turnaround. It's as if we just played a Monday night game. And so, I think you immediately are on to the next opponent," said Brees.
"We have to go on the road, we have to play a good team," said running back Mark Ingram. "We have to beat a good team, regardless. So, it doesn't matter."
While the Saints celebrate a playoff berth, it's New Orleans native Peyton Manning celebrating his new single-season passing yards record, taking it from Drew Brees. No. 9 said records are just meant to be broken and one record the Saints want to break is getting their first playoff win on the road.
New Orleans opens the playoffs Saturday night at NFC East champion Philadelphia.
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