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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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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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Watch Drew Brees leave Superdome field, possibly for final time, after Saints' playoff loss

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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Drew Brees left the field at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in the same way he's done hundreds of times before.

But after the Saints' latest painful playoff loss on Sunday, there was a potential finality to it as Brees blew kisses to his family up above.

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Brees was also spotted out on the field with his family after the game, joined by Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.

Rumors and reports have circulated that the divisional round loss would be his final NFL game, but the quarterback himself wouldn't commit to any decision in the hours after...
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Drew Brees says he’ll take time to “think about a lot of things”

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Saints quarterback Drew Brees met with the media, more than an hour after Sunday night’s season-ending loss to the Buccaneers. He was asked right out of the gates whether he has played his last game.

Prefacing the response by saying, with a smile, that he’s only going to answer the question once, Brees said, “I’m gonna give myself an opportunity to think about the season, think about a lot of things, just like I did last year, and make a decision.”

He later said that he has no regrets about playing in 2020. The Saints made it to the playoff in each of the last four seasons, with...
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Sources: Lions expected to hire Saints' Campbell

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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Now that the New Orleans Saints have been eliminated from the NFL postseason, the Detroit Lions are expected to hire Saints assistant head coach/tight ends coach Dan Campbell as their next head coach, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The two sides still need to work out a deal, but it is not considered an obstacle, and Campbell is the head coach the Lions plan to hire, sources told Schefter.

Campbell would replace Matt Patricia, who was fired in November after less than three seasons with the franchise and a 13-29-1 record, as the club tries to reset from finishing last in the NFC...
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2020 NFL season in review: How the season finished, what's next for eliminated playoff teams

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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The divisional round of the 2020 NFL playoffs wrapped up on Sunday, ending the NFL season for two more teams.

The New Orleans Saints closed out their season after a 30-20 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They join the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Football Team, Tennessee Titans, Chicago Bears and Pittsburgh Steelers as playoff teams whose runs have been cut short.

The top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs will host the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship Game next week (6:40 p.m. ET, CBS) and the Green Bay Packers will...
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Sources: Falcons to hire Saints' Fontenot as GM

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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The Atlanta Falcons are expected to hire Terry Fontenot as their new general manager, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter, poaching him away from the rival New Orleans Saints to help reshape the organization along with newly hired head coach Arthur Smith.

The Falcons had zeroed in Fontenot for a while, but their agreement wasn't finalized until the Saints' season ended with a divisional-round playoff loss.

Fontenot, 40, also interviewed for GM jobs with the Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars. He now becomes the fourth Black general manager in the NFL after the Lions...
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Walker: If that was finale of Drew Brees' unforgettable career, it'll be one he and Saints want to forget

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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Drew Brees walked off the field of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for what might have been the final time in his Hall of Fame career Sunday.

He blew some kisses to his family as he headed into the tunnel.

Then he glanced back at the scoreboard.

What he saw, he'll want to forget.

So will his teammates.

So will Saints fans everywhere.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30, New Orleans Saints 20.

The Dome was dead silent again, just like it was last January when the curtain on the Saints' season closed earlier than expected.

And the January before that.

This time, there was a much smaller crowd to...
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Bucs bounce mistake-riddled Saints from playoffs

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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The constant barrage of a consistent theme bombarded us all week long. It is hard, perhaps too hard, to beat a team three times in the same season.

The truth was clear in reverse.

In the Super Bowl era since the NFL merger in 1970, the team that won the first two meetings won the third meeting 14 out of 21 times (66.7%).

Since 1950, it has happened 17 times.

The Saints had beaten Tampa Bay five straight times and were a 3-point favorite.

So much for statistics.

The story was quite simple Sunday evening in the NFC Divisional Playoffs. The Saints gave the Buccaneers 21 points in a...
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