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.
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.
I haven't seen Steve Gleason's wife with him the last two games. Are they still together?— Canal St. Chronicles (@SaintsCSC) October 27, 2014
Gleason statue... pic.twitter.com/3xUspYJLKH— John McAlpin (@johnmc318) October 26, 2014
Back home just in time. Don't let me down boys #whodat— Andrew Juge (@AndrewJuge) October 27, 2014
Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) October 27, 2014
Home, away, home, home, home. We start the 5 game winning streak tonight.— Saints Fan (@BourbonAndBeer) October 27, 2014
Corey White was just introduced with the starters. There was no cheering for him.— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) October 27, 2014
Lets get this W !!!! #WhoDatNation— WhoDat23 (@Nikasword) October 27, 2014
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.
Not feeling good at all. Thank God NFC South is nuclear waste dump— Ralph Malbrough (@SaintsForecast) October 27, 2014
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.
Unreal. A 70-yard TD pass to Randall Cobb.— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) October 27, 2014
Whee— Matthew (@GeauxDucks) October 27, 2014
Keenan Lewis. #Saints— Les East (@EastAdvocate) October 27, 2014
Was that Bush of Lewis? Couldn't see while he was twirling around like a ballerina b— Canal St. Chronicles (@SaintsCSC) October 27, 2014
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!
BAM!— Saints Fan (@BourbonAndBeer) October 27, 2014
Just like mutha effing that... TD Saints!— SAINTS! (@HouseOfShanel) October 27, 2014
That's what I like to see #whodat— Ashley (@AshEli94) October 27, 2014
Credit to @BenjaminSWatson for the great block on the edge.— Brody (@SAINTLYnSnDiego) October 27, 2014
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.
Onside kick. Fails. #Saints ball.— Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) October 27, 2014
Surprise onside kick, doesn't work. What are the Packers doing?— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) October 27, 2014
Nobody tries to pull of Ambush on the guy who invented Ambush in his home.— Canal St. Chronicles (@SaintsCSC) October 27, 2014
Yall can thank me later.. I wont be able to talk!!!— John McAlpin (@johnmc318) October 27, 2014
You've got to be joking— Tosha Renee' (@toshamack_ent) October 27, 2014
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.
Well well, Cam Jordan 2013 version has shown up. That's a positive— Ralph Malbrough (@SaintsForecast) October 27, 2014
Can someone tell me when is the last time a FG was missed against the Saints? 2001?— Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) October 27, 2014
I say a prayer ever time Graham is about to kick.— MEGAN (@Megzzz08) October 27, 2014
#Saints have matched everything the Packers have done, well, except for the pass to the defensive lineman.— Les East (@EastAdvocate) October 27, 2014
What they do, we do. Monkey see, monkey do. Saints: 16 Packers: 16 HALFTIME— Byrone Cole (@ByroneCole) October 27, 2014
A+ RT @pwnteam: Hoping Ed Hochuli and Cris Collinsworth switch microphones at halftime.— Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) October 27, 2014
@BornInBlues TWSS!— Ro (@Ro_V1970) October 27, 2014
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).
Rodgers looks like he tweaked his hamstring. So bad.— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) October 27, 2014
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!!!
Interception!— I AM NOLA (@BeingNOLA) October 27, 2014
OMG!!!!! Interception!!!!— FEAR DA FLEUR (@sharrij) October 27, 2014
Amazing!— Need. More. Defense. (@StevieRod) October 27, 2014
I see you Corey— Dirty South IBELIEVE (@TRobMacho) October 27, 2014
There you go @Saints...make it count!— Jay Hussey (@jayhussey) October 27, 2014
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.
Drew Brees looking RAZOR SHARP!— NILA (@_NILA22) October 27, 2014
ALL OF THE ARM STRENGTH TWEETS GIVE THEM TO ME— Matthew (@GeauxDucks) October 27, 2014
BRUUUUUUUUHHHHHHHHHHHHHH— SAINTS! (@HouseOfShanel) October 27, 2014
Sweeeet Baby Jesus YES!!!!!!!— FEAR DA FLEUR (@sharrij) October 27, 2014
What a drive. Vintage Saints right there— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 27, 2014
Too bad Brees can't throw the deep ball anymore.— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker6) October 27, 2014
Thanksgiving came early in the Superdome on Sunday, as the Saints stuffed the Packers on 4th down near midfield, on their very next possession.
Stuffed!— WhoDat (@WhoDat_MFFL) October 27, 2014
GREAT STOP D!!!! LET'S GEAUX— Who Dat Italia (@whodatviola) October 27, 2014
DEFENSE!!— We Suck A Little Les (@FuckTheFalcons) October 27, 2014
Yep, actually lost a foot. HUGE stop for #Saints defense.— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) October 27, 2014
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.
Play-Action-Pass...Brees to Graham. 5th catch of the half results in a touchdown! Hopefully this means he is back. 30 - 16 Saints! #WhoDat— Jeremy (@jeremy_saldivar) October 27, 2014
HE'S BACK!!!— Who Dat Italia (@whodatviola) October 27, 2014
Wrote last week that #Saints, Brees had lost their killer instinct in early part of this season. Needed a prime-time game in Dome to find it— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) October 27, 2014
Welcome back Jimmy!— Chris (@SaintzPride) October 27, 2014
Again, there will be no questioning Drew Brees' arm strength.. Great throw and TD catch by Jimmy Graham.. Whoa... Saints-30- Pack-16— Michael Detillier (@MikeDetillier) October 27, 2014
Drew Brees is 3-of 4 for 117 yards and two touchdowns on passes traveling more than 20 yards downfield.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 27, 2014
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.
4TH QUARTER! TIME TO FINISH STRONG @Saints— D. Love (@Vintage_D_Love) October 27, 2014
And now the biggest obstacle. Finishing.— Saints Fan (@BourbonAndBeer) October 27, 2014
After blowing our wad last week in the last 5 mins up by 13, I am having a hard time being confident right now.— Emily⚜⚜⚜Holly (@whodatholly) October 27, 2014
Another interception, this time by Corey White, would quickly soothe the worried minds of Saints fans.
Yes! #WhoDat— Sassy Whodat Girl (@lauriekuchler) October 27, 2014
Another INT on a tipped pass. Corey White.— Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) October 27, 2014
#Saints force another INT Corey White collecting 2nd Rodgers Interception 2 sacks and 2 Takeaways.— Kristian Garic (@KristianGaric1) October 27, 2014
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.
Can't think of many #Saints players ever who have improved their public perception as dramatically as Mark Ingram has in his short career.— Les East (@EastAdvocate) October 27, 2014
Nail in da coffin!— Down D By U™ (@Wunstell) October 27, 2014
JOSH HILL SO GODDAMNED OPEN— Matthew (@GeauxDucks) October 27, 2014
Blow these mfs out!!!— Beat Carolina!!!! (@SaintsSoulja) October 27, 2014
This is the opposite of what I expected.— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) October 27, 2014
Touchdown! Oh yeah! Let's ice this thing, boys!— ALL IS ON (@alleyofsin) October 27, 2014
THIS, AMERICA! THIS! THIS IS THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS!!!— joy (@racheljmartin) October 27, 2014
Heading into this game, #Saints had won 13 straight home prime-time games (including playoffs) by nearly 20 points per game. Right on pace.— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) October 27, 2014
A win tonight would give the Saints 12 straight primetime home wins, the record since the 1970 merger (Elias)— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) October 27, 2014
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!
Drew Brees is 11-of-11 for 124 yards and 3 TD this half— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 27, 2014
Oh, now we don't suck, we're in transition. These announcers. Smh.— FEAR DA FLEUR (@sharrij) October 27, 2014
Isn't it nice to be able to relax? IngramDat.— Magyver (@SaintsTailgate) October 27, 2014
#Saints RB Mark Ingram clearly has fresh legs TD!! 44-23— Kristian Garic (@KristianGaric1) October 27, 2014
Gotta be one of Ingrams better nights #Saints— scoutPRO® (@scoutPROfantasy) October 27, 2014
Game ball to Ingram tonight!— ⚜ Lindsey ⚜ (@Brock0104) October 27, 2014
Incredible game. Thursday is going to be a fun one!— Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) October 27, 2014
Let's score 50!— Ralph Malbrough (@SaintsForecast) October 27, 2014
If you're citing the Packers D -- and many of you are -- for Ingram's dominance, you haven't been paying attention. Ingram is legit.— Chris Wesseling (@ChrisWesseling) October 27, 2014
SAINTS WINNNNNNN!!! #WhoDat— Lindy (@lindyla9) October 27, 2014
Given the way this season has gone, the #Saints will either win by a bunch of TDs or lose by a bunch of TDs on Thursday at Carolina.— Les East (@EastAdvocate) October 27, 2014
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.