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Saints pay homage to the Patriots

Posted by Albert Breer  February 1, 2010 07:36 PM

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"Anytime you go up an organization like that, a team like that, you understand your mistakes get magnified and you need to be that much more disciplined with what you’re doing, and execution becomes critical."

Not everyone took the bait on the idea the way that Brees and Payton did, though.

Jonathan Vilma, coincidentally an ex-Jet, actually took a Patriot-type of approach to answering the question. Yes, it was a big win. But, he said, they all are.

"The only significance would be that we won the game and that helped us to get the 1 seed," Vilma said. "That 1 seed went down to the wire with Minnesota. We could’ve easily been kicking that field goal to win the game in Minnesota, instead of in New Orleans. Looking back at the season, it was a big win for us, we were excited about the win, but all it really did was position us to get to this point."

The 1 seed didn't actually go to the wire ... The Saints sat a lot of guys after locking up the 1 seed in Week 16. But you get the point.
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