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More Pain for Saints: Another Officiating Error and an Injury to Drew Brees

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By Ben Shpgel | New York Times

LOS ANGELES — Sean Payton coped by quarantining himself for three days. He binged Netflix programming (“Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes” and “You”) and scarfed Jeni’s Splendid ice cream. He could excavate his grief, compartmentalizing but not forgetting — really, you can’t forget an injustice like that — because the officiating debacle that most likely denied his New Orleans Saints a Super Bowl berth occurred in their final game of the season.

Yet Payton, the Saints’ head coach, watched another blown call benefit the Los Angeles Rams and infuriate his team again on Sunday, nullifying a go-ahead touchdown in the first half. This time, he and the Saints did not have an off-season to work through their emotions. More than two quarters remained, and the Saints’ star quarterback, Drew Brees, loitered on the sideline, out with a hand injury.

As it did in the teams’ last matchup eight months ago, New Orleans lost to the Rams, and at this stage all the Saints want is a game officiated fairly, without human error contributing to their demise.

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Officials have another major error in Saints-Rams game, Twitter explodes as refs take TD away from New Orleans

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By Jeff Kerr | CBS Sports

The New Orleans Saints were affected by an officials call in a game against the Los Angeles Rams. Stop if you heard that one before. This time, a touchdown was taken away from the Saints in a game devoid of them. The Rams were driving deep in Saints territory midway through the second quarter when Los Angeles quarterback Jared Goff fumbled the football on a 3rd-and-7 at the New Orleans 11 yard line. Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan recovered the fumble and returned it 87 yards for the touchdown, but the play was ruled dead after Jordan recovered the fumble.

The initial ruling by the officials was incomplete pass by Goff, giving the Rams a 4th-and-7 at the 11. The officials reviewed the play after Saints head coach Sean Payton challenged the incomplete pass. The play was reversed, but the Saints were not ruled with a touchdown since the play was ruled dead via the whistle.

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Frustrated Cam Jordan on referee mistakes vs. Rams: 'Any Foot Locker — I mean, referee...'

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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LOS ANGELES — Cameron Jordan couldn't hold back his frustration.

For the third consecutive game, his New Orleans Saints fielded questions regarding controversial officiating decisions.

And this time, the play in question revolved Jordan, a nine-year NFL veteran who nearly had his first career fumble recovery touchdown.

"I'm trying my best not to see red," Jordan said, with his trademarked grin nowhere to be found.

It was a second-quarter play with the Saints...
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Sean Payton: We can’t control poor officiating or “an awful call like that”

  • News source: Charean Williams
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As hard as Al Riveron tried to whitewash that his officials blew it (again!) against the Saints, a blown call is a blown call is a blown call.

Lost in the Rams’ 27-9 victory over the Saints was Walt Anderson and his crew denying New Orleans an 87-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the second quarter. The Saints instead were awarded the ball at their own 13. They never did score a touchdown.

The Saints obviously have bigger worries with quarterback Drew Brees...
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Saints by the Numbers: Milestone lows abound in loss to Rams

  • News source: Lenny Vangilder
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The story of the Saints’ 27-9 loss to the Rams Sunday in Los Angeles will be more about Drew Brees’ unknown-extent thumb injury and a third straight blown officials’ call that worked against New Orleans.

But when it was all said and done, Brees or no Brees behind center, it was one of the worst offensive performances since Brees and Sean Payton arrived in town in 2006.

For only the third time since then, the Saints failed to score a touchdown. For only the fifth...
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What we learned from Saints loss vs. Rams: Life without Brees; Kamara stalled, and more

  • News source: BY HERBIE TEOPE | Staff writer
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LOS ANGELES — The Saints and Rams engaged in a tight contest through halftime before the Rams stepped on the gas in the third quarter at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The Rams held a 6-3 edge at halftime before scoring two touchdowns in the third period to take a 20-6 lead entering the fourth quarter before securing a 27-9 victory.

Of course, there’s a game within the game, so here’s what jumped out Sunday:

The Saints went the rest of the game without quarterback...
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Drew Brees seeing hand specialist on Sunday

  • News source: John J. Hendrix
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New Orleans Saints fans are holding their breath following Sunday’s 27-9 defeat at the hands of the Los Angeles Rams. The loss was one thing, but the future of quarterback Drew Brees is where we find ourselves paying close attention to. Brees hurt his thumb on his right throwing hand on a play intended for Jared Cook. Aaron Donald, who was a pretty big force all game, made contact with Brees’ hand that was ultimately incomplete.

Brees never left the sidelines, but...
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Drew Brees to meet with specialist about thumb, says injury felt 'a bit more significant'

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LOS ANGELES -- Drew Brees says he had X-rays done on thumb injured during the Saints' loss to the Los Angeles Rams and is waiting to meet with a hand specialist in Los Angeles for further evaluation.

Midway through the first quarter on the Saints' second offensive series, Brees injured his thumb on his throwing hand when it collided with Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald's hand on an incomplete pass to Jared Cook.

"You're hitting your hands on stuff all the time...
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Drew Brees: I’m concerned, will see hand specialist

  • News source: Josh Alper
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Saints quarterback Drew Brees met with reporters after Sunday’s 27-9 loss to the Rams and discussed the injury to his right thumb that knocked him out of the game in the first quarter.

Brees said that he has gone for X-rays on his thumb. He said he didn’t know at this point how severely he’s injured and that he’ll be meeting with a hand specialist soon.

“I’m concerned. I hope it’s not significant,” Brees said, via Garland Gillen of FOX 8.

Teddy Bridgewater...
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Drew Brees Exits with Right Thumb Injury, Saints Fall to Rams 27-9

  • News source: JR Ella
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After escaping the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with a last minute 30-28 victory over the Houston Texans last Monday night, the New Orleans Saints were faced with an even more daunting challenge, defeating the Los Angeles Rams in L.A. in week two of the NFL season.

A low-scoring affair early, the biggest storyline of the game is that quarterback Drew Brees exited the field with a right thumb injury just after two series. He was replaced by Teddy Bridgewater, who showed...
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Extent of Drew Brees' injured thumb unknown; Sean Payton says update to come

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Drew Brees will go through the full medical procedure to evaluate the thumb on his throwing hand after injuring it, Saints coach Sean Payton said after New Orleans' 27-9 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday afternoon.

Payton gave few specifics about Brees' injury during his postgame news conference — brushing off questions about if the 19-year quarterback had an MRI or x-ray done after the injury happened during the game.

"It was a thumb (injury)," Payton said...
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Walker: Drew Brees' injury and another blown call ... misery for Saints and their in loss to Rams

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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LOS ANGELES — If you thought it couldn't happen again, you were wrong.

If you thought Sunday was the day you'd get to finally move past the no-call in January and throw away the striped shirts you went out and bought after the NFC championship game, think again.

The refs blew a call again, putting an asterisk on a Saints vs. Rams game for the second time in nine months.

A game that was supposed to make everyone forget about the debacle in January all of a sudden...
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Saints will have Drew Brees update when time is right

  • News source: Josh Alper
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Head coach Sean Payton has a new five-year contract with the Saints, but Sunday didn’t offer much of a chance for Payton to celebrate.

The Saints played most of Sunday’s game without quarterback Drew Brees and there was no immediate word after the 27-9 loss to the Rams about how much longer they’ll be without him.

Brees hurt his right thumb when he banged it into Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald while throwing a pass in the first quarter of the game.

“It was a...
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Rams roll over Drew Brees-less Saints

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The Rams have a 2-0 record and the Saints have some worrying to do about their quarterback.

The Rams broke open a 6-6 game with three second half touchdowns to get a 27-9 win over the Saints on Sunday afternoon. The icing on the cake came when wide receiver Cooper Kupp ran through, over and around several Saints defenders for a 66-yard catch-and-run in the fourth quarter. Jared Goff snuck the ball in one play later and the Rams were in cruise control from there...
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Brutal day in L.A. leads to Brees injury, 27-9 loss for Saints

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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So much for the theory of how good teams make their own breaks and get the calls.

The New Orleans Saints, thought by everyone not named Collin Cowherd to be a good team, suffered a terrible break and another terrible call Sunday in Los Angeles.

Everyone involved with the Saints wanted the talk about the NOLA No-Call to end, to go away. So much for that!

The day started with Sean Payton signing a five-year contract extension through 2024.

Marcus Peters ripped off...
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Saints lose game, QB Drew Brees in injury-riddled contest against Rams

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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LOS ANGELES — New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees dropped back to pass like he has done thousands of times before.

But on third-and-8 midway through the first quarter Sunday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Brees' intended pass for tight end Jared Cook went uncharacteristically off the mark. And on that play, formidable Los Angeles Rams pass rusher Aaron Donald caught Brees' throwing hand.

Brees injured his thumb and didn't return to the game, which...
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Saints suffer another officiating error vs. Rams

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LOS ANGELES -- Believe it or not, the New Orleans Saints were victims of yet another officiating error in their Week 2 rematch against the Los Angeles Rams. Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan appeared to return a fumble 87 yards for a touchdown late in the second quarter Sunday. But officials initially ruled the play as an incomplete pass by Jared Goff, so they whistled the play dead.

The Saints challenged the call, and replay showed that Goff indeed fumbled the...
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