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The New Orleans Saints were back to their Superdome dominance last night, winning a thrilling 44-23 Sunday Night Football contest against the Green Bay Packers. How was the game lived on Twitter? Here's a fun recap.

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Despite saying all the right and bland things before the game, the New Orleans Saints knew they were in a "must-win" situation coming into their Sunday night contest against the Green Bay Packers in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  At 2-4, the Saints had the chance, with a win, to get into a virtual tie for the NFC South lead with the Carolina Panthers (3-4-1). More importantly, with a game at Carolina looming on Thursday night, the Saints were well aware of the fact that any dreams of a postseason could have quickly vanished had they lost at home to the Packers.

The Who Dat Nation was ready for the game and here's how they lived it on Twitter, through the agonizingly bad defensive start, to the elation of victory.

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Minutes Before the Game.

Prior to kickoff, some random thoughts from Who Dats, including Dave who seemed worried about Steve Gleason's looking a bit lonely on the sideliines. Dave is such a sensitive soul despite his Don Corleone looks.

As always, our own Ralph "Western" Malbrough was predicting doom and gloom and had twelve bottles of Crown Royal stashed away in the case of an apolcalyptic Saints meltdown in the Dome.

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Packers Quickly Score. Oh No, We Suck Again!

Aaron Rodgers (who is just one freaking darn good quarterback) finds wide receiver Randall Cobb behind Keenan Lewis for a 70-yard touchdown pass. Packers take a quick 7-0 lead and the Who Dat Nation goes into hyperventilating panic mode.

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Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better.

The Saints said: okay you want to do this? They quickly answered with a Brandin Cooks rushing touchdown. We got a pulse y'all!

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Failed Ambush.

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, after a failed red zone pass to defensive end Julius Peppers that eventually resulted in a field goal, tried a completely premature onside kick. The Who Dats let him know he could take that [bleep] out of the Dome.

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Back and Forth Affair.

The team would exchange field goals the rest of the half and be tied 16-16 after 30 minutes. Neither Thomas Morstead of the Saints or Tim Masthay of the Packers punted in the first half. Ralph was starting to feel a bit better about the game and we all held our breath whenever Shayne "Red" Graham lined up for those field goals.

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Third Quarter Explosion.

On their way to taking a lead with a little over nine minutes in the third quarter, quarterback Aaron Rodgers tweaked his hamstring while running for a first down. Making some happy, and some sad (like my friend Jeanna Thomas of the Falcoholic).

A couple of plays later, embattled Saints cornerback Corey White tips a pass intended for Packers tight end Andrew Quarless right into the waiting arms of David Hawthorne. A frenzied Who Dat Nation mostly tweeted one word!!!

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Brees Looking Like...Brees.

On the very next possession, the Saints went into one of those vintage Sean Payton-Drew Brees drives, punctuated by a 50-yard touchdown pass from Brees to wide receiver Brandin Cooks.

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Turkey!

Thanksgiving came early in the Superdome on Sunday, as the Saints stuffed the Packers on 4th down near midfield, on their very next possession.

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Going for the Jugular.

After taking over, Brees would quickly find tight end Jimmy Graham for another long touchdown. Graham who was held without a catch in the first half, came to life in the third quarter, making it even harder on the Packers' defense.

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Finish Strong.

The fourth quarter had been the Saints' Boogeyman all of 2014. They had leads at Atlanta, Cleveland and Detroit and lost those games. Needless to say that the Who Dats were a bit nervous, even with a two-touchdowns lead on the Packers going into the last quarter of the game.

Another interception, this time by Corey White, would quickly soothe the worried minds of Saints fans.

Running back Mark Ingram had a monster night, rushing for over 170 yards and he was a big factor in the Saints driving for another touchdown, this time  a pass from Brees to backup tight end Josh Hill for a 37-16 lead after Shayne Graham's extra point.

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Sealing the Deal.

The Saints finally finished a game in 2014 the way they're capable of. Ingram was a beast and Brees, was ridiculous!

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That was fun, wasn't it? Let's hope for another joyous "Live from Twitter" Recap after the Thursday night game in Carolina.

- My thanks to the gracious Jeanna Thomas and to David "Satch" Kelly for letting me borrow this concept.