Saints give game ball to Zimmer

Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas

NEW ORLEANS -- There was one very touching anecdote out of the Saints’ locker room after Sunday’s victory against the Giants.

Coach Sean Payton revealed that a game ball was given to defensive assistant coach Adam Zimmer, who works with the linebackers. His mother, Vikki, passed away Oct. 8. Vicki also was the wife of Cincinnati defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, who kept on coaching and inspired the Bengals to their victory last week.

Like father, like son, even in the worst of times.

“I don’t know what I’d do if I lost my mother,’’ middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma said. “For him to be here and not miss a beat is unbelievable.’’