SEATTLE, WA (WAFB) - The Saints and Seahawks are two of the NFL's heavyweights, but New Orleans enters the game as a 10-point underdog.
The Saints will have contend with Seattle's 12th and 13th men: the crowd and the weather. There is a 70 percent chance of rain with winds up to 30 mph by the time the game starts. By 2 p.m. CST, rain was already pouring into CenturyLink Field.
New Orleans hit the canvas early in its last bout in Seattle and will need a nearly perfect game plan to prevail in round two. Players said they expect a different outcome from the first matchup, but it won't be easy.
"We're going to go out there with our jaws set," said linebacker David Hawthorne, who played four seasons with the Seahawks. "It's going to be a fight. It's not going to be one of those deals like, just because we got beat last time it's hard to beat a team twice, and all that. We're going to have to impose our will."
"All week, we've been trying to do things different because we want a different outcome this Saturday for what we did up in Seattle," said fullback Jed Collins.
"First and foremost, we have to take care of the ball," said wide receiver Lance Moore. "Their defense is so good. That team is so good, you can't give them short fields. You can't give them scores on defense. And, we definitely have our work cut out for us. But, I think playing off what we did last week, being extremely balanced and taking those big plays when they come."
Saints defensive end Cam Jordan had a breakout season. He finished with 12.5 sacks and made the Pro Bowl for the first time in his very young career. On Saturday, he'll be chasing after Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. It's a challenge Jordan isn't taking lying down.
"I feel like we've advanced every game that we've played and gotten to be a better team as a whole, in its entirety, every game." Jordan said.
"I think so. I was at my locker. You guys weren't here yet, so you guys popped up for the bean bag and I'm not willing to move," he answered when asked if this was his first bean bag news conference.
It's another huge challenge for rookie offensive tackle Terron Armstead, who was thrown to the wolves in his first start at Carolina. His fellow offensive lineman, Zach Strief, said for the last couple of games he hasn't even noticed Armstead over there. That indeed is a very good thing.
Saints running back Pierre Thomas has been ruled inactive for the game.
Kickoff is scheduled for 3:35 p.m. The game will air on FOX.