Dec 29, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) stands next to head coach Sean Payton on the sideline during the fourth quarter of a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.The Saints defeated the Buccaneers 42-17. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Sean Payton compliments Saints for hard fought win

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The New Orleans Saints were able to rid themselves of their road demons over the weekend, as they traveled to Lincoln Financial Field and upended the Philadelphia Eagles to advance to the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs.

Many expected the Saints to continue their struggles outside of their dome and in the cold weather, but the team was able to rally together and come out on top when it mattered the most.

After the game, Saints head coach Sean Payton took some time to compliment his team for their hard fought win.

“Certainly when you watch the tape, the score could have been a lot bigger on our part,” Payton said, via The Advocate. “It was a great team win.

“I’m not interested in the franchise’s history. I said it to our players that, if that were the case, we would be carrying a lot of baggage with us. Our job is to win, and our job is to be consistent and be successful whether we play at home or on the road. We played well enough (Saturday) to get that win.”

Of course, the Saints will have an even tougher test this coming weekend when they are forced to enter CenturyLink Field to take on the Seattle Seahawks.

The Seahawks 12th man has made it historically difficult for teams to win at CenturyLink Field, which could cause some concerns considering the way Brees and company have often played away from their dome.

When the two teams played in Seattle earlier this year, the Seahawks were able to dominate the Saints on their way to a 34-7 victory. This time around, Brees and company hope to avenge their loss.

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