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Turnovers doom Saints as playoffs end in loss at Dome for 3rd straight season

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Tampa took advantage of 3 interceptions and a fumble and turned them in to a playoff win.

By WWL Staff | WWL

NEW ORLEANS — The Saints made four key turnovers that gave Tampa extremely short fields and the Bucs turned three of them into touchdowns in a 30-20 divisional round victory Sunday.

The loss ended the Saints season on their home field in the playoffs for the third consecutive season.

"It's hard to beat a team in the playoffs when it's that lopsided on the turnover ratio," said head coach Sean Payton. "When you get into these games, there aren't that many surprises. It's more about attention to details... That's the frustrating thing about the turnovers."

"Take all the emotion out of it, you turn the ball over four times and they don't turn it over, it's not a winning formula," said running back Alvin Kamara. "You can't turn the ball over and expect to win, especially not against a good team."

The game is widely believed to be the final one for Saints quarterback Drew Brees. A report prior to the game from FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer said Brees’ final game would be the Saints final game of the season, whenever that was. ...

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Saints self-destruct in 30-20 loss to Bucs in NFC Divisional

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebacker Devin White (45), right, intercepts a pass in front of New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) during the second half of an NFL divisional round playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in New Orleans. (Source: Brett Duke)

By Josh Auzenne | WAFB

NEW ORLEANS (WAFB) - The New Orleans Saints could not beat the Tampa Bay Bucs for the third time this season, dropping the NFC Divisional in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, Jan. 17.

The Saints fell 30-20 to the Bucs. New Orleans committed four turnovers. Tampa Bay scored touchdowns after three of those. It is the third-straight season the Saints have lost in the playoff at home.

Drew Brees was 19-of-34 for 134 yards and a touchdown but he also threw three interceptions, the final one coming with 4:25 remaining in the game. Before the game, Jay Glazer reported Brees plans to retire. However, Brees said he plans to take time to reflect on the season before making a decision about his future.

Alvin Kamara had 18 carries for 85 yards. He also caught three passes for 20 yards. Tre’Quan Smith returned from injury to catch three passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns. He missed three games with an ankle injury. ...

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Devin White sets the tone for Tampa Bay’s defense

  • News source: Mike Florio
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As football has pivoted sharply toward health and safety in recent years, it can be jarring to see someone approach the game with the rough-and-tumble mindset that permeated the sport for decades.

Buccaneers linebacker Devin White embodies that rough-and-tumble mindset.

He’s physical, within the rules. He’s sudden, he strong, he’s violent, he’s athletically skilled.

“I think the number one thing is [defensive coordinator] Todd Bowles said, ‘We’re going to be feisty, we’re going to challenge those guys’ and he’s going to take us over them,” White told reporters after the 30-20 win over...
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New Orleans Saints Divisional loss: Utter self-destruction

  • News source: Madeleine Hudak
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With the New Orleans Saints 30-20 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Divisional round, Drew Brees walked off the field of the Superdome for what might have been his final time.

The way in which New Orleans lost was somewhat shocking and uncharacteristic. Ironically, it was quite similar to the exact way Tampa Bay lost in Week 9; of the three interceptions by Tom Brady in the 38-3 loss, the Saints scored a touchdown on two turnovers. In Sunday’s loss, New Orleans had four turnovers. With the final interception essentially ending the game, of the three meaningful turnovers, Tampa...
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How all four divisional-round losers were beaten: Barnwell picks flaws and looks ahead

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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The divisional round of the 2020 NFL playoffs was dramatic. The past two regular-season MVPs were both forced from their respective games with concussions. One of the greatest quarterbacks in league history threw what was likely his final pass as a pro, sealing his team's fate with an interception in the process. Another coach seemed to indicate that his highly paid quarterback wasn't guaranteed a starting job in 2021. You don't even need to look past the most important position in sports to see how stressful this weekend was for the eight playoff teams.

The league is down to four...
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Sean Murphy-Bunting on shutting out Michael Thomas: We just played ball

  • News source: Josh Alper
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Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas holds the NFL’s single-season record for catches, but he didn’t have any of them in Sunday’s loss to the Buccaneers.

Thomas was targeted four times during the game, but none of Drew Brees‘ passes found their way to his hands. One of them was picked off by cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting to set up the first Tampa touchdown of the game and Murphy-Bunting said that he felt Thomas challenged him and the rest of the secondary before the game.

“We just played ball,” Murphy-Bunting said, via PewterReport.com. “We just played ball, man. I’m not the type to be...
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NFL overhaul tiers: Which teams will look most different in 2021?

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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Salute to the Cleveland Browns for breaking a 17-year streak atop the overhaul tiers list.

If the Browns can win 11 regular-season games and follow it up with a road playoff win, there's hope for the six franchises hiring a new head coach and the teams without a clear-cut answer at quarterback and the teams with a flat-out bad defense.

Now that the season is over for most, this is the time of year for buzzwords such as culture, cohesion, chemistry and synergy. The teams that don't have to use these terms are still playing. The teams that do simply need better coaches or players.

But...
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Report: Todd Bowles interviewing with Eagles Monday

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The Buccaneers Defense did a great job against the Saints on Sunday and the coach who was calling the plays is reportedly speaking to the Eagles on Monday.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles will interview for the Eagles’ head coaching vacancy on Monday. Bowles also spoke to the Falcons and Lions this month, but the Falcons hired Arthur Smith and the Lions are set to hire Saints assistant head coach Dan Campbell now that New Orleans has been dispatched.

Bowles has some Philly ties. He went to college at Temple and he spent the 2012 season on...
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Fleur-de-Links, January 18: Saints playoff run ends in heartbreaking fashion

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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The Saints suffer a 30-20 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, ending their playoff run.

Tre’Quan Smith finished the game with 85 yards and two touchdowns, his best game of the season.

Multiple reports indicate that Drew Brees played his last game in the Superdome.

After being one of the frontrunners for the position over the past few weeks, Terry Fontenot is expected to be the next general manager of the Atlanta Falcons.

Assistant head coach and tight ends coach for the Saints, Dan Campbell, is expected to be the new head coach for the Detroit Lions.

Answers for how the Saints can move...
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What Saints had to say after playoff heartbreak: Why Demario Davis is here, Brees' future, more

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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Demario Davis came to the New Orleans Saints for a reason, he said.

That reason was to get Drew Brees another Super Bowl.

"Drew is the reason that I came here," Davis said after the game. "When I came to New Orleans, I wanted to help [Brees] win another Super Bowl, because he deserved it."

Davis has starred at middle linebacker for the Saints since signing with the Saints in free agency after six NFL seasons split between the Jets and Browns. He's anchored a defensive unit that has helped guide the Saints, along with Brees, to an NFL-best 38-10 in the regular season the past three...
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How did Drew Brees, family 'soak in the moment'? With 2 hours on field after Saints playoff loss

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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Drew Brees' post-game actions spoke louder than his words.

Two hours after his 20th NFL season came to a close, Brees finally walked off the field at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome as the clock struck 10:50 p.m.

Brittany, his wife, led the way up the Superdome’s southwest tunnel with their four children in tow after the family had been congregated around the 5-yard line, taking in what could have been their last moments in the Superdome with Brees as an active player.

It’s not out of the ordinary for the Brees family to spend quality time together on the field after games, but this felt...
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Pondering retirement again, Brees has 'no regrets'

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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NEW ORLEANS -- Drew Brees was still on the Superdome field nearly two hours after what was probably his final game in the New Orleans Saints' historic home building.

Brees, who is widely expected to retire after 20 seasons, did not officially announce his intentions after a disappointing 30-20 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the divisional round of the playoffs. But he made sure to soak it all in.

Brees and his wife Brittany spent time playing with their four children -- some football and some gymnastics. He also spent time chatting with longtime friend and rival Tom Brady. After the...
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Tom Brady meets with Saints' Drew Brees, plays with his kids after Bucs' win

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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It wasn't the farewell New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees envisioned -- if, in fact, the NFC divisional game Sunday was his final game -- but the future Hall of Famer did get to share a tender moment with his family on the field at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome after the game. And joining them was Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.

Brady and Brees hugged. As did Brady and Brees' wife, Brittany, while Brees' sons Baylen, Bowen and Callen, tossed around a football and daughter Rylen turned cartwheels. Brady even threw a touchdown pass to Baylen. Brady then fist-bumped Callen...
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Jameis Winston's first TD as a Saints QB came against former team, on a Bears-inspired play

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Sometimes the time and the place for milestone achievements align perfectly.

Jameis Winston fired his first touchdown in a New Orleans Saints uniform Sunday. The timing was great, with the score giving the Saints a lead in the second quarter of a divisional playoff game. The place probably held some extra significance for Winston, too: He was on the field against his former team, the team that chose not to bring him back this past offseason.

It was the first playoff touchdown pass of Winston’s career, which also made for a fun bit of history: He became the first former No. 1 overall pick...
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Saints turn it over 4 times in season-ending loss to Bucs. 'That's not winning football'

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints tight end Jared Cook was surging into Tampa Bay Buccaneers territory, crossing midfield and looking to turn a short gain into an explosive play.

This was a major inflection point in the game. At that precise moment in time, the Saints held a seven-point lead and they looked poised to add to it. They’d opened the second half with their most impressive drive of the day, and their defense followed with a stop. New Orleans was looking to land a huge blow.

But the only big blow that landed was the expertly-placed punch by Buccaneers rookie safety Antoine Winfield, one that...
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Saints don’t take advantage of their opportunities while giving the Bucs too many

  • News source: Les East
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NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Saints were poised to take control of their NFC Division Playoff on Sunday in the Superdome.

They had broken a 13-all halftime tie with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by driving to a touchdown on the first possession of the third quarter.

Then they forced a Buccaneers punt and had an opportunity to take a two-score lead for the first time.

They converted a third-and-two as Drew Brees connected with Jared Cook, who passed the first-down marker and crossed into Tampa Bay territory.

Then Cook fumbled. Former LSU linebacker Devin White recovered and ran 18 yards to...
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