A year ago, the New Orleans Saints rode the
raucous enthusiasm of the Superdome through the NFC playoffs to the
first Super Bowl title in franchise history.
      Hope they waved goodbye to the Superdome on their way out of
town earlier this week. There's a good chance if these Saints are
going to get all the way back to the league's title game, they'll
be asked to do it on the road.
      The first stop on their postseason road trip begins Saturday in
Seattle, against the Seahawks in the first round of the NFC
playoffs.
      It doesn't quite seem right the defending champs and an 11-win
team this season would be asked to travel 2,000 miles on a short
week to face the first division champs in league history with a
losing record - and a team the Saints beat 34-19 in Week 11.
      "We all have a formula for getting in. We all know ahead of
time. No one was upset about it or complaining about it before the
start of the season," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "I think
that value of winning your division means something. Just as a
season ago when the postseason began, the teams that are in now