The tension is rising in the Big Easy as the weekend approaches. The Saints are in the playoffs, set to take the field in the Superdome this Sunday afternoon. But while the fan-base may be getting lathered up, quarterback Drew Brees says it’s just more of the same for the Black and Gold.
“If you approach every game during the season like it’s the most important game of the season, then there’s no difference when all of a sudden, it’s the divisional round, or it’s the NFC Championship, or even the Super Bowl,” Brees said. “It’s not like ‘Oh hey, we’re gonna turn it on this week because it’s a really good opponent, or it’s the playoffs.’ No man, we crank it up every week.”
After a week spent looking inward as they enjoyed a pass to the second round of the NFL playoffs, the Saints are back to prepping for an opponent this week. But Brees said the work they did on themselves could pay dividends going forward.
“It was a good bye week as far as being able to work on ourselves a little bit,” Brees said. “Gave some other guys an opportunity to get healthy… Then obviously you see how the games play out and see who you play. Big win by Philadelphia over the weekend up in Chicago, which puts them down here playing us. So just excited that we have an opponent, we have a mission, and we can start working again.”
Now Brees and the Saints are preparing to take on a Philadelphia Eagles team they blew out 48-7 back in Week 11 of the season. But Brees cautions that, in NFL time, that game might as well have been a lifetime ago, and that Philadelphia are still the reigning NFL champions.
“That was two and a half months ago. Now it’s playoff time,” Brees said. “These guys had to win their last three games in a row in order to get into the playoffs. So they’re battle-tested. And obviously coming off of the success they had last year, there’s a lot of the same faces. So they know how to get it done in the postseason.”
Brees made the comments during his weekly “QB To QB” segment with Bobby Hebert on WWL Radio Wednesday night, and he said, to a certain extent, the identity of any opponent in the playoffs is irrelevant.
“It doesn’t matter who we’re playing,” Brees said. “If we just focus on ourselves, focuson executing to the best of our ability, I know that that helps us be successful.”
Brees and the Saints host the Philadelphia Eagles in divisional round playoff action Sunday at 3:40pm on WWL. Our pregame coverage starts at 11am. You can hear the full audio of “QB To QB” by clicking the podcast link.