Until he has a say in the official standings, I'll stick by what's on record
The Saints are out because we forced them to play on the road.
I'm smiling too, first road playoff victory and a few missed FGs away from back to back road wins. Like I said before, I think the 6th seed was the best thing for Saints, it let them build some confidence on the road before facing Seattle and were a few mistakes early on from getting the win. You do realize even the second seed would be going to Seattle next week, so we had the same game a week earlier. I mean seriously would have another home blowout win helped them at all going into Seattle or and easier road game to Philly to build up some confidence!?
Actually the past few games reminded Payton we have a run game and Armstead was highest graded player in Seattle game so looks like we have a solid LT, even though the first half of Panthers game where he personally killed 5 drives with sacks and false start penalties to prevent the points we scored first time to blowout panthers again! Also, don't forget half of our def starters went on IR and we were in playoffs minus Vacarro and PT, two of the most important guys to offense and defense. Also Graham has been 50% since Patriots game too.
So basically Saint underachieved with key injuries and Oline issues, yet still finished with a top def and Offense and winning first road playoff game, Panthers overachieved and went one and done with a top defense and below average offense. I love our future!
Hey, it's not like we didn't see this one and done coming, I called it after our second game where they got dominated the whole game and then were a botched snap from losing to the Falcons team with one of the worst Olines and a defense of almost all backups and new players that couldn't stop anyone else.