The New Orleans Saints defeated the St. Louis Rams, 31-13, on Sunday, and safety Roman Harper was one of the reasons why. James Varney, of the Times-Picayune, has the story, below.

Roman Harper #41 of the New Orleans Saints reacts to a play against the Indianapolis Colts during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

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Just two days after Coach Sean Payton identified Harper as a Saint having a season that should earn him a trip to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl, the safety had another huge day for New Orleans. He finished with six tackles and one assist, a sack and a quarterback hurry. In the first quarter with the Rams driving for what might have been a tying touchdown, Harper stripped running back Steven Jackson of a ball that was recovered by Saints cornerback Jabari Greer. It was Harper's fifth forced fumble of the season.