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The New Orleans Saints exorcised a few demons on Halloween night in the Superdome last night, securing a 20-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers as the offense and defense played a nicely complementary game.

The post-game thread saw much praise being heaped on a variety of players, and especially the defensive unit, which stymied the Pittsburgh offense for much of the game.  The squad also came up with key 4th quarter turnovers to first take momentum away from the Steelers, and then to actually seal the win.

It was great to see the offense step up and drive for a decisive TD after Marvin Mitchell knocked the ball from the grasp of Heath Miller and into the arms of Darren Sharper (following Brees' fumble).

It was far from a perfect game, but it was an excellent win in which different phases of the team made key plays at different times in the game, and prevented the team from self-destructing when mistakes happened.

I could get used to watching this team win like this...let's hope it becomes a trend.  Consistency, here we come?

Make the jump to read and react to the Otherworldly Win that is sure to spook all the pundits...

All Saints' Day Updates (9:55 am)

more from local outlets in the Monday Morning Sunrise edition...

Jeff Duncan's Steelers-Saints 4-Minute Drill: video

Drew Brees talks about the momentum swing against Pittsburgh

Will Smith talks about goalline and sacks

 

Rock Solid | 2theadvocate.com
Sheldon Mickles - N.O. turns in sound effort to top Pittsburgh.

Monday Morning Quarterback: All Saints Night in Halloween win over Steelers | neworleans.com
B A-W's game recap. More importantly, this piece features something with a CSC connection: "Sharper also got a free Halloween costume, as did the rest of his secondary mates, courtesy of Jenkins, the team’s No. 1 draft pick in 2009. Jenkins outfitted the entire secondary in chic black boxing trunks trimmed in gold and personalized black robes with gold lettering. Each player had the look of a champion pugilist when leaving the locker room, perhaps fitting considering what had just transpired." “Feel how nice the material is,’’ Sharper said. “I hope it’s not too cold tonight. All of the defensive backs are wearing them.

Shanle returns to lineup: game notes | 2theadvocate.com
Les East and Sheldon Mickles

New Orleans Saints meet challenge for 20-10 win over Pittsburgh Steelers | NOLA.com
James Varney - Led by inspired defense, Saints get huge prime-time victory.

Recapping the New Orleans Saints' 20-10 win over Pittsburgh Steelers | NOLA.com
Mike Triplett - How the Saints won the game.

Grading the New Orleans Saints performance vs. Pittsburgh Steelers | NOLA.com
Doug Tatum - Team sets tone in victory.

Will Smith-led New Orleans Saints defense lowers boom | NOLA.com
Nakia Hogan - Sean Payton continues to make challenges count.

New Orleans Saints defense makes statement vs. Pittsburgh Steelers | NOLA.com
Jeff Duncan - 2010 defense matching 2009 offense for dominance.

Saints win over Pittsburgh might just be season-changing | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
Bradley Handwerger - Sunday night wasn’t necessarily what you would call a must-win game for the Saints. But under the circumstances of the first half of the 2010 season, New Orleans’ 20-10 win over AFC heavyweight Pittsburgh might just be defined as season-changing.

New Orleans Saints' short passes emulate running game | NOLA.com
John DeShazier - Team gets therapeutic win.

New Orleans Saints flash old form in biggest win of 2010 | NOLA.com
Pete Finney - Victory marks new season for Black and Gold.

 

Just The Facts, Ma'am

NFL Game Center: Pittsburgh Steelers at New Orleans Saints | nfl.com
Pittsburgh Steelers at New Orleans Saints - recap, stats, highlights, drive charts, and more.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New Orleans Saints - Recap - ESPN.com
Final statistics, game report, play-by-play, drive charts, photos, and video highlights from the Pittsburgh vs. New Orleans game played on October 31, 2010.

Slideshow: New Orleans Saints vs. Pittsburgh Steelers | NOLA.com
Photo gallery of Sunday night's game.

 

Twitter

jeffduncantp Saints go for the jugular & find it. Brees-to-Moore makes it 20-10.
jeffduncantp Drew Brees is 20 of 22 for 191 yards and 2 TDs in the second half. That's a 133.1 passer efficiency rating.
jeffduncantp Co-sign RT @FO_DougFarrar: Maybe once every 5 years, Dick LeBeau gets outdone by the DC on the other side. Gregg Williams did that tonight.
sharper42 Yall know how it go, let me hear ya. 1..2..3 all we do is win, win, win, win. Told ya. WHO DAT
robyslyfe Great TEAM win 2nite...the WHO DAT Nation was in full effect!!
alexbrown96 Big Ben just gave a huge compliment to the Who Dat nation for being the loudest place he has ever played!!! Great job!!
j_bushrod7475 What a great team win tonite... Thanks to the who dats in the dome tonite and everyone cheering us on...#chillmode now
T_Porter22 Great win today...all phases had a hand in getting the victory...the crowd did their thing too...thx guys!!

 

From the Saints Sideline

Saints Spook Steelers for 20-10 Victory | neworleanssaints.com
Game recap by staff writer(s).

Saints beat Steelers, 20-10 | 2theadvocate.com
Gary Laney's quickie brief on the game.

Saints outlast Steelers, 20-10 | neworleans.com
AP game report.

GAME BLOG: New Orleans Saints vs Pittsburgh Steelers | neworleans.com
Jude Young - in game updates and initial wrap-up.

New Orleans Saints beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-10 at the Superdome | NOLA.com
Jeff Duncan's in-game updates and initial reaction.

Saints outmuscle Steelers 20-10 | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
Staff report - The Saints out-Steelered the Steelers, inflicting punishment on perhaps the league's toughest team in a hard-fought 20-10 win.

Saints' first-half challenge changes momentum in 20-10 win over Steelers | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
Bradley Handwerger - Sean Payton stood on the Saints sideline early in the second quarter and watched as Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger hit receiver Antwaan Randle El for what appeared to be the go-ahead touchdown Sunday night.

Saints offense turns things around in the second half in 20-10 win over Steelers | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
Bradley Handwerger - Drew Brees threw for 191 yards and two touchdowns on 20 of 22 passing in the second half against Pittsburgh on Sunday night and in-so-doing, guided the Saints to a 20-10 win over the Steelers.

Rapid Reaction: Saints 20, Steelers 10 | ESPN.com
Pat Y - NFC South Blog.

Saints still have championship qualities - NFC South Blog - ESPN.com
Pat Y -- Two Dat? Well, it's still possible. If you saw the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night, you saw a very good football team.

 

Steelers' Wheels

No tricks, no treats Miller's fumble turns tide | post-gazette.com
Ed Bouchette (sour grapes?) - Instant replay took another touchdown away from the Steelers for the second straight Sunday, only this time they did not escape with a victory on the road. (HansDat note: took it away? do you think you actually scored a TD, but it was unjustly taken away?  Later in this article, he asserts that the Saints 'caught a break' when they flagged Polamalu for PI on Lance Moore in the end zone - pffffft - this Bouchette guy's a hack.)

Steelers Notebook: OLB Gibson is likely to be lost on waivers | post-gazette.com
Ed Bouchette, et al.

Rapid Reaction: Saints 20, Steelers 10 - ESPN.com
James Walker - AFC North Blog.

 

Post-Game Quotes

SAINTS HEAD COACH SEAN PAYTON

(Opening Statement) "With Patrick Robinson it was his ankle, we will see how he is feeling tomorrow and get a report. The guys played hard with a lot of effort. When you get nicked up like that all of the sudden you are down one corner defensively, but we came up big all night. The turnover was big. I thought we were patient in the second half offensively and got some things going. It was a good team we were playing and our guys hung in there and battled and it was a good win for us. The kicking game was the same way, we came up with a big play there covering that last kickoff. It was good for us to get a win. We recognize it is what it is and we have a lot of things to work on and improve on."

(On the win) "Its one game so we just go back to work this week; you just keep trying to get better."

(On the challenge of the Steelers TD in the second quarter) "It ended up being just short. I was surprised at how obvious it was and fortunately they were able to go under the hood and we were able to catch it. The defense did a great job with the three goal line snaps and forced them to kick a field goal. That was a good turn of events there."

(On the goal line stand after the challenge) "It was worth four points. Certainly, when you can come up with a stop like that its pretty significant."

(On Chris Ivory) "He got nicked up and we couldn't put him back in so we played both the other guys."

(On the passing game) "At the half it was a tight 3-3 game. We knew we were going to be playing a real good defense and we just hung in there and some guys came up with some plays early on, but we had a couple drops in the first half. He (Drew Brees) found his rhythm and I think it was important to still have the ability to rush the ball and we were able to do that in the second half. Although it's a challenge and you look down at the numbers, I still think its important that you make those attempts and be patient against a very good defense."

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS PLAYER QUOTES 

#16 WR Lance Moore

(On staying consistent) "You always have to take a look at the things that you are successful with and the things that

you aren't. We have to make sure that we keep going in the right direction. We knew what we did poorly against

Cleveland and we will know what we did poorly tonight against Pittsburgh." 

#51 LB Jonathan Vilma

(ON if it was the defense's best performance of the year) "I don't like to break it down by offense, defense and special

teams. I go by team victories. I thought today we did a good job as a unit in offense, defense and special teams

against a very good opponent and we came out with a victory."

(On if they were hungry tonight) "We always play with a lot of effort and play hard. I thought that we had a really good

week of preparation. We were really locked in and focused on our opponent. We really made sure that we

understood our man-to-man match-ups." 

(On the significance of the goal line stand) "It thought it was huge. We have been doing that all season. We really

focused on that in OTA's and mini camp. It's really showing up right now. The effort and attitude is really prevalent."

#42 S Darren Sharper

(On the goal line stand) "It was huge. That was one of the turning points of the game. It was huge for them getting so

close and us not allowing them to get a touchdown. We have done that extremely well this year. We have had a lot of

goal line stands. Our defensive line has been getting a great push of not letting teams in the end zone."

(On the fumble recovery) "It was just me being around the football and getting close to the ball. It was a great play by 

Marvin Mitchell to get the ball out. That's something that we practice each and every day at practice. I was just at the

right place at the right time and it happened at a big part in the game. We have had forced a lot of fumbles this year

that we haven't recovered, so it was nice to get one."

#9 QB Drew Brees

(On if it was the toughest defense he has faced this season) "Yes, thus far. They are stout and physical. There is a

reason why they are the number one rush defense in the league. They are very talented. They have the ability to

bring pressure and give you all kinds of different looks. They make plays on defense and they have a great defensive

coordinator. We knew that we had our work cut out for us. I felt like we had four great drives in the second half. We

talked about winning the fourth quarter and we did that."

(On tonight's win after last week's defeat) "We have built a reputation around here. We have high expectations.

Obviously, we are disappointed with the 4-3 start especially since a couple of the losses were uncharacteristic of

our brand of football. We were turning the ball over, having a lot of penalties and making stupid mistakes. It was

really just about sticking together. Everyone outside of the building has wanted to question us and ask what's wrong

with the Saints. We knew in our locker room it was all about staying together and continuing to fight. We were going

scratch and claw and take one game at a time. We knew what a big game this was. We were playing the Pittsburgh

Steelers who are arguably one of the best teams in the NFL coming in here Halloween night on Sunday Night

football. It couldn't get any bigger. It was a way to get back on track by beating these guys. We played as complete

of a football game as we have played all year."

 

STEELERS COACH MIKE TOMLIN

Opening comments: "Let's start with a tip of the hat to Coach Payton and company. They made sufficient plays. (They

made) enough to win and we didn't. We accept responsibility for our performance, both players and coaches. It was

a tough environment for us tonight. We better get used to these kinds of environments. It comes with the territory

when you're trying to be world champs. We've got to play good people in their place and play better than that moving

forward. We'll get more opportunities at it. We've got to learn from this. I'm sure that we will. We'll take that approach

to it and hope to get better."

On the environment related issues tonight: "It was a hostile environment for us. The fans were into it. We struggled a

little bit on possession downs because of it, but that's no excuse. They (the Saints) did a nice job. We knew that this

was going to be a tough place to play coming into it. I was hopeful that we would perform better than we did."

On the Saints pass rush making a difference: "I thought it was. They did a nice job. They provided us with a myriad of

looks, but it wasn't outside of their personality. Coach Williams does a nice job. They do a nice job of pre-snap looks

and so forth. We talked in the top part of the week about how it would be significant to deal with those circumstances

and the way that they use disguises with your silent counts and so forth. They did it extremely effectively tonight."

On applying pressure and preventing the deep passes downfield: "They did a nice job. Along with applying pressure,

they kept (the ball) in front of them."

On the defensive effort from the Saints: "They made some nice plays. They won the line of scrimmage, but again, we

knew that it was going to be tough to play down there (at the goal line). When you talk about silent counts and short

yardage, they took advantage of the home field advantage and were able to get penetration and hold us off." 

On going for it on fourth down in the third quarter: "I thought our team needed that at that point. I wanted those guys

to know that we came down here to compete and to win. I thought it would be a shot in the arm for our group." 

On if he thought about going for it on fourth down early in the game: "No, I didn't. I just wanted to put the points on the

board at that point. I don't know what the score was, but I wanted the offense to experience some success there and

get some points on the board and kind of move on. It was still an early juncture of the game." 

 

STEELER PLAYER QUOTES 

#86 Hines Ward (Wide Receiver): "There's no need to panic. We have a terrific football team. This is just one lost

nd now we have to prepare for Cincinnati. I thought we moved the football well against their defense."

#51 James Farrior (Linebacker): "We came down here to win a football game and it didn't happen. This was a real

loud place to play and their offense is tough to read. But we have the majority of the season in front of us. And at 5

and 2, we will be okay as we start to play more and more teams in our division."

#25 Ryan Clark (Safety): "You have to give credit to the New Orleans offense. Drew Brees put the ball where you

had to put it and they made the plays when they needed it. They are a very good football team." 

"When you play a team like ours, you can't always go for the deep ball and they were patient and took what they

could get. I thought Brees and the Saints showed a lot of resolve. Maybe coming off a week like Cleveland when he

(Brees) tried to force some things, I think he showed a lot of patience against us tonight."

"It was real loud out there tonight but these fans have always been like that. Their crowd is a tenacious crowd. I know

that because I used to cheer for the Saints when I was growing up here. It was an awesome atmosphere and I was

glad to be a part of it. It was a tough visit but a good visit. I just wish we would have won."

#7 Ben Roethlisberger (Quarterback): "You have to give them a lot of credit. This was a tough place to play; one of

the loudest places that I have ever played a game in. They are the champs for a reason. But you can't make excuses.

We just have to play better."

(On the Heath Miller fumble): "I don't have to say anything to him. He's the best tight end in the game. Him fumbling

there is about as freaky as Jerome Bettis fumbling at Indianapolis at the goal line. There's nothing to say. He was

hurdling the defender and trying to make a play and you can't criticize a guy for that."

"We just never got into any rhythm tonight. This is definitely a gut check for us. We got knocked down a little bit

tonight and now it will be interesting to see how we will bounce back. We'll just have to evaluate things, but I don't

think there's any reason to panic."

 

Lagniappe

Crowd At Saints-Steelers Game Sets World Record For Halloween Gathering | neworleanssaints.com
Staff report

 

V-Roll Roll Call

NFL Network Gameday Highlights

from NFL Game Center Page - also includes individual play highlight videos, too.

Postgame Vlog: Saints play like Men of 'Steel' | neworleans.com
Brian Allee-Walsh and Les East recap the Saints' win over Pittsburgh on Sunday night at the Dome.

 

Jim Henderson talks about Gregg Williams' defensive plan and how it played out against the Steelers.

wwltv.com video

 

Jim Henderson & Juan Kincaid, after the game, about the defensive and offensive keys to the win.

 

Leigh Torrence has a big game for the New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Saints fans costume, rock the Dome

New Orleans Saints 'Who Dat' chant vs. Steelers