Brees, Saints bring confidence into clash with Seahawks

Brees, Saints bring confidence into clash with Seahawks
Saints quarterback Drew Brees, (9) throws the ball as he is pressured by Eagles linebacker Brandon Graham, (55) and defensive end Cedric Thornton (72) during an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/The Express-Times, Matt Smith)

SEATTLE -- The Seahawks square off against the Saints in the divisional playoffs on Saturday.

New Orleans isn't a new opponent for Seattle. The Seahawks and Saints battled at CenturyLink Field a little more than a month ago (December 2nd) on Monday Night Football. The Seahawks routed New Orleans, 34-7.

"Obviously, we did not play our best football that night," said Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who passed for only 147 yards and a touchdown in the loss. "We got beat pretty soundly by those guys."

That's not the only time Brees played and lost in Seattle. The Seahawks also toppled the heavily-favored Saints in the first round of the 2010 playoffs. Using the momentum from the famous 'Beast Quake' run, Seattle took down New Orleans 41-36.

The only other time Brees played in Seattle, he guided the Saints to a 28-17 win on October 14, 2007. It was another nationally-televised game on Sunday night, and it's the last time the Saints won in the Emerald City.

"We've played [Seattle] in some big atmospheres," said Brees. "It seems like every time we're there it's a prime time game."

There's no doubt CenturyLink Field will be rocking again this weekend, but it's not something the Saints won't expect. Brees said the team learned a lot from their first meeting last month against Seattle. That doesn't mean he discounts the Seahawks' ability, though.

"They're a great football team," Brees said. "We're going to need our best effort to beat these guys. If there's a team that can do it, I believe it's us."

New Orleans is riding a wave of confidence after ousting the Eagles from the postseason. The Saints' 26-24 victory in Philadelphia was the team's first ever road playoff win (they joined the NFL in 1967), and they're looking for another victory away from the Superdome on Saturday.

"It really doesn't matter what happened last year or any year previous to that," said Brees. "We have some guys that have been a part of this program for a long time, but we also have a lot of young guys that have no idea what's happened here in the past. We're not living off the glory or mistakes of the past, we're all about the here and now."

The 'here and now' brings the Saints back to Seattle; a place they've only won three times in the past. The oddsmakers don't carry the same confidence as New Orleans. They've pegged the Seahawks as early 9-point favorites.

"There's a reason they're the one-seed," Brees said. "There's a reason the road to the championship goes through Seattle. They're a heck of a football team. They know how to win and they know how to win at home."

The Seahawks and Saints square off on Saturday at 1:35pm. The winner advances to meet either the San Francisco 49ers or Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship.