The New Orleans Saints proved dominant over the Philadelphia Eagles in a 26-24 nail-biter during Wild Card Weekend. New Orleans is known for their potent aerial attack, but it was their running backs who pushed them over the top with a fluid and consistent barrage of well-timed runs.
Mark Ingram was the team's leading rusher with 18 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown, and he might've also been bidding for a spot on Dancing With the Stars this offseason. Ingram, along with receiver Lance Moore, busted out their best jig after their respective scores.
Ingram and Moore continued to do the "Nae Nae Dance" in the locker room after the win.
Nawlins danced all over Philadelphia's hopes to the tune of 175 yards rushing after the Eagles had allowed just 117 yards in their previous two games. Philadelphia couldn't muster up any sort of answer for Philly's ground game, and @NFLMemez has a pretty excellent theory as to why they struggled.
The silver lining for the Eagles is that their once-sapling offense has grown into rooted oak; an oak that kept them in the game until their defense collapsed late in the game. The obvious maturation of Nick Foles portends a vibrant future for himself and the Eagles. After all, it wasn't the offense that lost this game, it was the defense.
While clearly this game was important in present time, it also ended up as a historical game for the Saints. Before this game, New Orleans had never won on the road in the playoffs.
An emotional victory could give them the momentum they need to get to the big stage. This is a confident team in New Orleans, and they're as dangerous as ever. They'll be travelling to Seattle next week to take on the Seahawks in the divisional round of the playoffs, a rematch of their regular season game in which the birds stomped out the Saints 34-7 in Week 13.
Now, almost a month and a half later, these two teams are in very different places than they were in back then. Russell Wilson and the rest of his team will be rested off of their bye week while Brees and his squad are riding high off an intense win on the road.
It will be a cold, hard-fought game by two of the best teams the league has to offer. This will be playoff football at it's finest.
*All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference*