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Saints-49ers Was the Game of the Season—and Maybe an NFC Championship Preview

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In Sunday’s electric matchup, San Francisco and New Orleans showed the extra gears
that other teams in the NFC haven’t been able to match. Those largely come from the
guys calling the plays—and the ones under center.


By Robert Mays | The Ringer

It’s usually easy to see an epic shoot-out coming in the NFL. When the Rams and Chiefs squared off last November, no one was shocked as the two best offenses in the league put up a combined 105 points and more than 1,000 total yards. Sunday’s clash between the Saints and 49ers, though, wasn’t billed as that sort of high-scoring affair. Both teams entered Week 14 at 10-2, but their dominance had come from having two of the most well-rounded rosters in football. With two of the league’s top-seven defenses by Football Outsiders’ DVOA sharing the field, the Vegas over/under line settled around 44.5 points. Well, so much for that. The Niners and Saints each shattered that number on their own on Sunday in San Francisco’s 48-46 win, and in the process, both teams showed that they may have a gear the rest of the NFC just can’t reach.

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Deonte Harris got back up to speed quickly for Saints vs. 49ers

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints went into their game with the San Francisco 49ers with an aggressive mindset, and few players embodied that approach stronger than rookie returns specialist Deonte Harris. Harris returned quietly from a hamstring injury in the Saints’ Thanksgiving game against the Atlanta Falcons, picking up just 30 yards on two kick returns and a punt return, but his numbers versus the 49ers could not have been more different.

The rookie fielded five kickoffs to gain 155 yards, a season-high. He returned a pair of punts to pick up 37 yards, his third-best mark on the year so far and his highest since Week 7’s game with the Chicago Bears, in which he gained 46 punt return yards (and lost a 67-yard touchdown return to a phantom holding penalty). Combine all of his touches against San Francisco — including a 13-yard pickup on a screen pass and an 8-yard gain on an end-around handoff — and he gave the Saints 205 all-purpose yards on the day.

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Saints snap counts: A look at the linebacker shuffle and high usage for tight ends

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints went into Sunday's game as banged up as any game all season, with five of the seven inactive players coming as injury scratches.

Fullback Zach Line and starting left guard Andrus Peat missed their third and fourth games, respectively. But it's two of the other three absences that greatly affected the Saints' defensive gameplan.

Here are two position groups that stood out, as well as the weekly snap count tracker on the Saints’ rookie class...
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Marques Colston among impressive induction class for Hofstra Athletics Hall Of Fame

  • News source: Press Release
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Hempstead, NY – The Hofstra University Department of Athletics is excited to announce the Hall of Fame Class of 2020. The class is made up of six individuals and will be inducted at the 2020 Hofstra Pride Athletics Hall of Fame and Golf Outing, which will take place Monday, June 15, 2020 at the Huntington Crescent Club.

“The Hofstra Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2020 will be another outstanding addition to an already impressive membership,” said Director of...
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Richard Sherman had MRI on hamstring Monday

  • News source: Josh Alper
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49ers cornerback Richard Sherman may need another round of the Mr. Miyagi treatment this week.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan cited the character from The Karate Kid to explain how the team was working to get Sherman on the field despite a knee injury last week. It worked, but Sherman came out of the 48-46 win over the Saints with a hamstring injury.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that Sherman went for an MRI Monday to determine the extent of the injury. The results...
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49ers-Saints outcome raises questions about each team’s defense

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Last year, when the Rams beat the Chiefs in a 54-51 barnburner, there was gnashing of teeth about the gashing of the defenses, with cries that one game had set football back by decades. Yesterday, when the 49ers outlasted the Saints at the buzzer of a 48-46 college basketball game, few were offended by the lack of defensive excellence.

So what’s the difference, other than the fact that only 11 fewer points were scored? As explained on PFT Live, the Rams and Chiefs...
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Week in Florida helped 49ers develop even tighter bond

  • News source: Mike Florio
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For the second time this year, the 49ers spent a week away from home between a pair of games on the other side of the country. For the first time this year, receiver Emmanuel Sanders was part of that road trip.

“It was really good for team bonding,” 49ers receiver Emmanuel Sanders told PFT by phone after Sunday’s 48-46 win in New Orleans. “We play as a team, and we play off each other very well.”

As to whether the plan to stay in the time zone where both games (at...
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Fleur-de-Links, December 9: Tough loss shows Saints still haven’t played a complete game

  • News source: Deuce Windham
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2019 NFL Playoff Picture: 49ers, Rams shake up NFC playoff race with wins over Saints, Seahawks - CBSSports.comThe NFC playoff picture is looking wild with the Rams and 49ers winning on Sunday

The Saints response to the 49ers loss needs to be loud and clearThe Saints dropped a close one to the 49ers, losing the NFC's top spot in the process. All that matters now is how the team responds.

Forecast: Sean Payton's gameplan torched the 49ers' best defense in decades |...
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49ers vs Saints: Week 14 quick observations

  • News source: Don Kellum
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It was a classic Saints-49ers game that featured a roller coaster of emotions and fireworks that ended in typical fashion with heartbreak for one of the fan bases. Today it was the Saints who were left stunned as they were unable to finish the job after going up early in the game.

The offense for both teams looked unstoppable at times as they combined to put up 94 points with the final three coming via the foot of 49ers kicker Robbie Gould as time expired to give...
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2 Ups and 2 Downs from yesterday’s loss to the 49ers

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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That was absolutely brutal. And it felt too reminiscent of wounds that still hadn’t fully healed, but more on that in a bit.

It was still a roller coast of a game, with plenty of “Ups” and “Downs” along the way, though. Here are a few that stood out:

Down: Injuries

The New Orleans Saints were already down two of their three starting linebackers and their starting left guard before opening kickoff. By the end of the game, Marcus Davenport, Sheldon Rankins, and...
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Beignets and Café au Lait: Backs Against the Wall

  • News source: JR Ella
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Good morning Y’all

As always, for our novice readers or non-New Orleanians, welcome!

Let’s start with some definitions:

Beignets (English: /bɛnˈjeɪ/; French: [bɛɲɛ], ben-YAY literally bump) are distinctly New Orleans, a delicacy intimately connected to the city’s rich French heritage. Best enjoyed heavily powdered with sugar.

Café au lait (/ˌkæfeɪ oʊ ˈleɪ, kæˌfeɪ, kə-/; French: [kafe olɛ]; French for “coffee with milk”) is a delicious New Orleans way to start...
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Let's overreact to Week 14 in the NFL: The Super Bowl LIV chase is wide-open

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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NEW ORLEANS -- You couldn't watch Sunday's breathless 49ers-Saints game without concluding that either of those teams could beat the other anywhere, anytime. This is an overreactions column, but that is most definitely not an overreaction.

The game saw two of the NFL's top offensive playcallers, Kyle Shanahan and Sean Payton, trading haymakers all afternoon. It made one of the league's best defenses look as if it was using only 10 guys. It literally lived up to the...
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Drew Brees: “Would have been nice to have” Jared Cook all game

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The Saints didn’t get much from tight end Jared Cook in Sunday’s game against the 49ers, but what they got was pretty helpful.

Cook caught two passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter. He took a shot to the head on the second touchdown and suffered a concussion that knocked him out for the rest of the afternoon.

He missed a wild game that the 49ers won 48-46 and quarterback Drew Brees said after the contest that the Saints missed having Cook as...
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Home-field advantage in NFC may not be as important this year

  • News source: Mike Florio
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As the 49ers, Seahawks, and Saints jostle for the top seed in the NFC and postseason home-field advantage in the playoffs, maybe they should be careful what they wish for.

With Sunday’s 48-46 I-thought-the-AFL-folded matchup between San Francisco and New Orleans, the opening round of the round robin between the Saints, Seahawks, and 49ers concluded. And the road teams are 3-0.

The Seahawks lost at home to the Saints, the 49ers lost at home to the Seahawks, and now...
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