NEW ORLEANS -- Some might even call it an off night. Really.
That's because the New Orleans Saints didn't have their usual precision ways on offense against the Detroit Lions in an NFC wild-card game Saturday night. Yeah, that mattered. They still rolled up over 600 yards of offense and moved on to the next round of the playoffs with a victory.
On a night when record-setting quarterback Drew Brees got hit more than usual, had several passes that should have been picked, and never really looked all that comfortable, he still threw for 466 yards.
Can anybody stop the Saints offense?
Then again, the way their defense plays at times, including early against the Lions, the Saints better hope not.
In the year of the pass, the Saints showed again why they are the best passing team in the NFL and why the team that puts them out of this postseason tournament is likely going to have to outscore them.
Now they get the San Francisco 49ers on the road, the one team with a stiff defense that is left in the NFC playoffs.
Something has to give. It's hard to imagine it will be Brees and that passing game.