Drew Brees says the New Orleans have shaken off their reputation as team unable to win on the road following their victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday.
The Saints progressed to the divisional round where they will face the Seattle Seahawks with a last-gasp win over the Eagles in a freezing Philadelphia on Saturday.
Kicker Shayne Graham, who only signed for the Saints in December, landed the winning field goal to send the Saints through.
Much have been made of Sean Payton and his team's inability to win away from the Superdome this season; they lost their last three games on the road to end the season with a 3-5 away record.
That is in stark contrast to their form at the Superdome where they posted a perfect 8-0 record.
Brees said that all the talk that surrounded the Saints and their form on the road and outside didn't effect their preparation, and that the win over the Eagles shows just what they are capable of.
When asked about the Saints' away form, Brees said: "As much as we hate hearing that talk, we kind of brought it upon ourselves.
"We lost the last three games on the road, really hadn’t played all that well. So to put together a team victory like this on the road in a hostile environment, weather conditions, whatever.
"Listen, it’s the playoffs. We came in with confidence. Like I said, we had a great week of preparation. We knew what we had to do to come in and get a victory.
"It was not free of errors or mistakes. We made our fair share of them, but at the end of the day, we just want to put ourselves in a position to win, which we did and we did that."
Brees hardly enjoyed his best game for the Saints as they pulled a big win out of the bag, and ended up throwing two interceptions.
The fact they were still able to get the win means they are only the 6th team in NFL history to win a post-season game with a -2 turnover differential.
Brees said: "Yeah, a couple penalties that kind of got us out of rhythm or prevented us from converting and sustaining drives, and obviously with two interceptions.
"I think we realized at halftime that we were going to be able to run the football but the way they were playing us was they were trying to keep everything in front so take what they give us and just sustain drives and go down and put points on the board.
"We were able to do that with those first two drives and ended up getting some plays in the passing game eventually. I think it kind of opened up once we started really pounding the ball on the ground.
"It was a little bit of everything tonight, but obviously the second half was kind of a big push after seeing what they were doing and learning a lot in the first half."
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