NFL playoff preview: Prolific offenses face off when Saints, Eagles tangle

Published: Friday, Jan. 3 2014 9:16 p.m. MST

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When the 2012-13 season wrapped up, Saints head coach Sean Payton's year-long suspension came to an end. With Payton returning to the sidelines and Drew Brees at quarterback, the Saints were geared up for a promising season.

The Saints started the 2013 season on a scorching 5-0 start, thanks to their offense that finished second in the NFL in pass yards per game. In addition to their offense, New Orleans had plenty of help from its re-energized defense under new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. The Saints' pass defense was especially impressive, finishing second in the league in yards allowed per game.

While their winning streak eventually came to an end, they continued to win enough football games to be in contention for the division lead that came down to a Week 16 game against the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers won the game, clinching the division title. New Orleans finished with an 11-5 record.
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