When I rolled the dice to determine the starting lineups and realized that Drew Brees would miss his second game in this tournament, I admit that I was disappointed. You never want to see a team get the the penultimate football game without a future Hall-of-Famer. So, what does his backup, Teddy Bridgewater, do? He completes nearly 3/4 of his passes for 315 yards and a TD . . . and catapults New Orleans over the 49ers and into the Super Bowl!
The Saints trailed in this football game 16-14 with only 1:40 left to play and had to start their final drive from their 5 yard line. Well, Bridgewater started working his magic. He hit Alvin Kamara for 16 yards to the 21. Them he connected with Tre’Quan Smith to his own 43 yard line for another first down. Next came the big play – a 15 yard completion to Josh Hill . . . who was tackled by San Francisco’s Jaquiski Tartt by his facemask . . . adding another 15 yards to the Niners’ 27 yard line. And, it was here that Bridgewater worked his final act of “magic” with a perfect pass to Michael Thomas for the game winning TD with only 10 seconds left on the clock!!
So, congratulations to the Saints! They’re headed for the Super Bowl!!!