January 21, 2007

Notes: Saints Franchise In The Playoffs

Brees, McAllister, Bush are already among top performers in team postseason history.

Brees In The Playoffs: Drew Brees recorded a 88.3 quarterback rating in the two playoff games, with 597 yards, completing 47 of 81 passes for three touchdowns and one interception. He was, however, sacked six times in two playoff games, after being sacked only 18 times during 16 regular season games.

Those stats give Brees some pretty high rankings in the - ahem - illustrious history of Saints playoff quarterbacks. Brees has 597 postseason yards, second only in team history to Bobby Hebert who has 648 in three career playoff games. Brees has three touchdowns, tied with Hebert and second to Aaron Brooks who has six.

Brees has taken six postseason sacks, top in team history. His postseason completion percentage, 58.0%, is second to Brooks' career postseason completion percentage, 59.7%. Brees' QB rating over the two postseason games is 88.3, which is second to Brooks' 92.0 QB rating. Hebert's career postseason QB rating is 57.1.

The only other quarterback to appear in a postseason game for the Saints were Dave Wilson (1987), John Fourcade (1990) and Steve Walsh (1990). None of them threw a touchdown pass and all threw at least one interception.

McAllister and Bush In The Playoffs: McAllister after one playoff game was the team's career leader in playoff carries and yards. In two games, he has 27 carries for 161 yards, tops in team history. Second is Bush, who now has 71 career postseason rushing yards. Dalton Hilliard is third with 64 career postseason rushing yards in four games (39, 13, 5, 7).

McAllister and Bush are 1-2 in team postseason history for yards/carry, with 6.0 and 4.4 respectively. Chad Morton is third with a 4.3 yard/carry average over seven carries.

Bush is also tops in team postseason history for receiving yards by a runningback with 154, surpassing Chad Morton who had 140 receiving yards on 15 catches in two games in 2000.

Bush and McAllister are the only runningbacks in team postseason history to score receiving touchdowns, and Hilliard and Craig Heyward are the only other runningbacks in team playoff history to score.

Tough Division: In ten of the past eleven years, a team in the Saints' division (NFC West or NFC South) has been in the NFC Championship game. Those teams are 5-5. Only the Giants-Vikings NFC Championship game in January 2001 didn't feature a divisional rival of the Saints since the 1998 season.

Uncanny Resemblance: The 2000 Saints finished 11-7, winning one playoff game at home and losing by a large margin on the road the next week. They had a highly-regarded young head coach, a new soft-spoken quarterback, an injured Joe Horn on the sideline in the playoffs, a fast rookie runningback from USC who catches a lot of passes (Chad Morton), and Fred Thomas at cornerback.

Inactives: S Omar Stoutmire, RB Jammal Branch, CB Curtis Deloatch, LB Alfred Fincher, G Montrae Holland, DT Rodney Leisle, T Rob Petitti, and WR Joe Horn were inactive against the Steelers. The exact same list was inactive against the Eagles.

Bush apologized: Reggie Bush said he got caught up in the emotion of the game and apologized to coach Sean Payton for his finger-pointing, front-flipping, showboat-dancing touchdown celebration before and after he crossed the goal line. He said he didn't say anything, and didn't point directly at Brian Urlacher.

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