Had the Saints beaten a bad Rams or Bucs team earlier in the season, they would have had home field versus the 49ers, and the outcome of the rest of the 2011 postseason could have been drastically different. Alas, they didn’t.
Mark Ingram is back and healthy next season, but both Marques Colston and Carl Nicks could leave via free agency (if one isn’t given the franchise tag).
Drew Brees happens to be a free agent, too, but he’s not going anywhere.
Worth noting: No team from the Super Bowl host city has ever won the game and the combined records of the last four Super Bowl host city teams (’08 Bucs, ’09 Dolphins, 2010 Cowboys, 2011 Colts) is 18-46. —Peter Schrager
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