Eight teams went into the NFL’s Wild Card Round, but only four advanced to the next slate of games. Each of those victorious teams sent a playoffs hero to the Castrol Edge-sponsored Clutch Performer of the Week voting, but the New Orleans Saints were blessed with two entries: Hall of Fame-destined quarterback Drew Brees, and First-Team All Pro defensive end Cameron Jordan.
Brees opened up the playoffs with his best game of the year, completing a nice 69-percent of his passes and dropping 376 yards onto an overmatched Carolina Panthers defense. Panthers head coach Ron Rivera dared Brees to beat him by overcommitting to stopping Pro Bowl running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara, which did not go well for him.
Jordan played like a Defensive Player of the Year candidate, reducing Panthers $55-million left tackle Matt Kalil to a speed bump and keeping Panthers quarterbacks Cam Newton and Derek Anderson on their toes all day. They weren’t even safe from pressure once getting the ball in flight, as Jordan collected a pair of pass breakups on the day.
So go make your voice heard and reward these Saints for their efforts. You can never win enough postseason accolades.