Most Saints fans have a bad taste in their mouths from the 2010 season, largely because of the embarrassment in Seattle. We like to look back on the great pitfalls to characterize our season, but there was a whole lot to be proud of going into 2011. I've found the highlight packages of I think our three most exciting games. I think all Saints fans know that for a very long time, we have been a team that played up to the level of competition, and this past season was no exception. The following 3 videos are from the Cowboys, Steelers, and Falcons games, respectively.
We all know the storyline to this one: The Sains give up a large lead and almost lose the game, but I think the thing to take away from this game is the emergence of Malcolm Jenkins as an elite Safety. Looking at that play again, I am incredibly impressed with the Sklil Jenkins displayed stripping that ball. It wasn't a gaffe on the part of Roy Williams, it was skill and execution showed by Jenkins to run the play down and take the ball away.
I watched every minute of this game on my computer from my dorm room. I remember how nervous I was for this game since it directly followed the loss against Cleveland. But I was completely surprised almost as soon as the game start. That huge goal line stand was my talking point for the rest of the season until the Ravens game. I still think this was our most impressive win. While this was a great game, and there were ups and downs, I love it, because it wasn't a heart attack inducer. And we found a way to get the offense clicking despite playing against a stout defense.
And finally, we come to our last non preseason win, and our last big game: The Falcons game from week 16. This was probably the biggest game of the whole NFC, and the pressure was on both teams to succeed. There were mistakes all over the place on both sides of the ball, but the fact is we won. What I like to take away from this video is the effectiveness of Pierre Thomas. He was really the hero of the game. I guarantee you, with all the Ingram talk, this game is in the back of Thomas' mind. Without him, we wouldn't have stood a chance. This game is a testament to how effective the Saints can be when Pierre Thomas is 100% and when he's used effectively.