The New Orleans Saints used a national stage to remind the NFL what they're capable of. It was an impressive sight to behold.
Production was everywhere for the Saints. Drew Brees threw for 392 yards and four touchdowns, each to a different receiver. Even the Saints' typically demure running game went off. Mark Ingram set a career high with 145 yards and one touchdown on just 14 carries. The Saints ran for 242 yards and three TDs as a team, averaging 6.4 yards per carry.
It's almost hard to believe this was the same offense that looked completely out of sorts seven days earlier against the New York Jets.
The offense's historic effort shouldn't overshadow another exemplary effort by Rob Ryan's defense. We wouldn't blame Ryan if he shot a glance at the luxury box occupied by Jerry Jones, the man who fired him in January. Ryan's defense kept the Dallas passing attack off-balance all day, taking Dez Bryant out of the game and daring Tony Romo to beat them with his other options. It didn't happen.