Saints’ Thomas: ‘We have a thing’

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - NFL FROM THE COVER -

NEW OR­LEANS — As Drew Brees ser­mo­nized his team­mates in a pregame hud­dle, Michael Thomas hung on ev­ery word from his quar­ter­back.

Thomas seemed mes­mer­ized as Brees pumped up the Saints, never tak­ing his eyes off the Saints star.

Then, Thomas ripped apart Philadel­phia’s de­fense with 12 re­cep­tions for a team play­off record of 171 yards and the win­ning 2-yard touch­down as New Or­leans beat the de­fend­ing cham­pion Ea­gles 20-14 Sun­day to ad­vance to the NFC cham­pi­onship game.

Brees tar­geted Thomas a whop­ping 16 times, and on most of those passes Thomas was wide open. Philly’s de­fense, par­tic­u­larly its sec­ondary, has been rav­aged by in­juries, so try­ing to slow down an All-pro re­ceiver who led the NFL with 125 catches this sea­son was far too great a task.

“We just keep go­ing,” Thomas said. “When we come out there, we feel like no one can stop us. I just feel like we keep build­ing ev­ery week. We have a thing, and it’s hard for the other team to stop.”

Ger­ald Her­bert The As­so­ci­ated Press

Saints quar­ter­back Drew Brees throws an in­ter­cep­tion on the first play from scrim­mage in Sun­day’s NFC di­vi­sional-round game in New Or­leans. The Saints beat the Philadel­phia Ea­gles 20-14.

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