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Saints playoff picture: New Orleans in line for NFC's No. 1 seed after Rams loss

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Week 14 couldn't have gone much better for the New Orleans Saints.

By defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- coupled with the Los Angeles Rams (11-2) losing to the Chicago Bears (9-4) -- the Saints (11-2) won their second-straight NFC South division title and recaptured first place in the NFC on Sunday night.

Though the Rams and Saints are both 11-2, New Orleans holds the tie-breaker because of a head-to-head 45-35 win on Nov. 4 in Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The team that finishes first in the NFC gets a first-round playoff bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.


Underhill: Saints defense proves it can succeed when opposition isn't forced to be one dimensional

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By Nick Underhill | The Advocate

TAMPA BAY, Fla. — Forget about the NFC South title, the playoffs, anything like that.

The Saints were finished. The best team in the NFL, the one with the special quarterback and special wide receiver and special running backs, couldn’t move the ball. This team didn't seem like it could win another game.

It went six quarters — six! — playing offense like one of those teams stationed on Lake Erie. Something was off. All the stats and praise and reputations meant nothing. For two quarters during Sunday’s 28-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Saints performed like a...

Saints go from losing their way to finding an affirming victory in soggy Tampa Bay

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By Scott Rabalais | The Advocate

TAMPA, Fla. — The New Orleans Saints looked like they had lost their way.

Their reservations for home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs were in danger of being permanently rerouted to Los Angeles. Their luggage got sent to St. Petersburg … Russia. Their GPS was spitting out directions to a dive bar in the Seychelles.

It would have been hard to imagine a more woeful first two quarters-plus for the anointed best team in pro football. They trailed the mediocre-at-best Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14-3 at halftime. When they got the ball to start the second half, it got slapped out of Drew Brees hands by Carl Nassib and...

Saints defense learns well, puts clamps on Bucs after getting burned in Week 1

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By Rod Walker | The Advocate

BY NICK KELLY | Special to The Advocate

TAMPA — No matter what happened Sunday, the Saints refused to let the Buccaneers beat them on deep passing plays. Not again.

Not after Tampa Bay gashed the Saints on three passing touchdowns of 35 yards or more in Week 1 that led to 48 points and a Buccaneers victory. The Saints knew they would need to change their defensive approach if they wanted to slow down the NFL’s top passing and overall offense in yards.

“I would say they probably played a little more conservative,” Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate said. “Always played with a safety over the top.”

That adjustment...

Saints' resurgence starts with Taysom Hill's blocked punt

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Taysom Hill and the Saints find their groove in the second half to beat the Buccaneers 28-14 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Will Vragovic/Getty Images

By Mike Triplett | ESPN Staff Writer

TAMPA, Fla. -- The New Orleans Saints were desperate for a spark -- and Taysom Hill delivered.

Their third-string quarterback/read-option specialist/WR/TE/RB/kickoff returner/special teams specialist came up with the first blocked punt of his career. And it couldn't have come at a better time.

The Saints were trailing 14-3 in the third quarter at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, staring their second straight loss in the face, when...

Saints at Buccaneers: What went right, what went wrong

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New Orleans Saints special teams ace Taysom Hill blocks a punt by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third quarter Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018 ( Photo)

By Josh Katzenstein, | The Times-Picayune

TAMPA, Fla. — The New Orleans Saints avoided a disaster on Sunday (Dec. 9).

After trailing 14-3 at halftime, the Saints dominated in the second half to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 28-14, at Raymond James Stadium.

With the win, the Saints clinched the 2018 NFC South title, winning the division for the second year in a row.

What went right: After Taysom Hill blocked a punt midway through the third quarter, the Saints offense finally came...

Saints come back to beat Bucs, win NFC South and playoff berth

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints, sparked by a huge special teams turnover from quarterback Taysom Hill, overcame a 14-3 deficit to run over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their own building, ultimately winning 28-14. The Saints avenged a Week 1 loss, secured an appearance in this year’s playoffs tournament, and won the NFC South title again – the first time in franchise history that they’ve won their division in back-to-back years.

Almost everything broke the Saints’ way in the second half. The ground game reemerged with violence, focused around strong running by Mark Ingram. The defense was even stronger...

6 takeaways from the Saints' 28-14 division-clinching victory vs. Bucs

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By Jeff Duncan, Nola.Com

The New Orleans Saints clinched their second consecutive NFC South title on Sunday with a 28-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

TAMPA, Fla. -- The New Orleans Saints scored 25 unanswered points in the second half to rally from a 14-3 halftime deficit and defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28-14 at a soggy Raymond James Stadium on Sunday.

The victory clinched the NFC South Division title for the Saints, marking the first time in club history that they've won consecutive division championships.

A look at my takeaways from the victory...

Game recap: New Orleans Saints 28, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14

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Tampa, Fla. – The New Orleans Saints are NFC South champions again.

It wasn’t pretty but the Saints rallied to defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28-14 at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday to win the division title for the second consecutive season, the first time that has happened in franchise history.

The division title guarantees the Saints (11-2) will play host to a playoff game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Whether that will be a wild-card game or divisional game depends on how the rest of the season plays out.

The Saints trail the Los Angeles Rams (11-1) in the race for the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs but have a two-game lead over the Chicago Bears...

Saints rally past Bucs, win NFC South title for second straight season

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By Rod Walker | The Advocate

TAMPA, Fla. - It took a while, but the Saints finally got going Sunday.

Once they did, they were able to avenge their season opening loss and capture a division title as well.

Sparked by Taysom Hill's blocked punt, the Saints rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28-14 at Raymond James Stadium.

The Saints (11-2) captured the NFC South championship and clinched a playoff berth for the second straight season. It was the first time in franchise history the team won back-to-back division titles.

The Saints, who had their 10-game winning streak...

Saints clinch second consecutive NFC South title

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By Jeremy Bergman, NFL.Com

The New Orleans Saints clinched their second consecutive NFC South title on Sunday with a 28-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

New Orleans (11-2) had never before won back-to-back division titles.

The Saints are still in contention to clinch a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. New Orleans defeated the current top seed Los Angeles Rams (11-1) earlier in the season.

New Orleans plays in Carolina in Week 15, hosts Pittsburgh in Week 16 and takes on Carolina again in Week 17.

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Buccaneers-Saints Injury Report Dec. 7: Bucs Will Be Without DeSean Jackson, Two Safeties

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Carmen Vitali | Staff Writer |

The Buccaneers will see some shifting in their secondary as both Isaiah Johnson and Justin Evans have been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Saints. Coach Koetter said Friday that the Bucs will be dressing nine defensive backs but didn’t say specifically which positions would make up those nine. You’ll likely see players stepping into different roles to account for the injuries to the safety group. The good news is that cornerback M.J. Stewart looks like he could play for the first time in weeks and there is a chance, though slim, that cornerback Carlton Davis could join him.

With the rash of...

What a rush: The Saints have recorded 20 sacks in their last four games

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By Luke Johnson, NOLA.Com

Cam Jordan was lying comfortably on one of the giant bean bag chairs in the New Orleans Saints locker room, eyes closed, when a statistic was brought to his attention: In their last four games, the Saints have recorded 20 sacks.

“Is that true?” Jordan said, perking up just a bit.

Indeed it is. As the 2018 season reaches its final leg, the New Orleans Saints defense has ramped up the pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Thirteen of those 20 sacks have come in the last two weeks.

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‘It’s going to rain.’ Saints banking on adverse weather this weekend in Tampa Bay

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By Luke Johnson, NOLA.Com

As far as New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is concerned, there is no “chance” of rain for his team’s road game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week.

“It doesn’t look like it’s going to rain — it’s going to rain,” Payton said.

Indeed, the forecast for the Tampa Bay area calls for 100 percent chance of rain Sunday (Dec. 9) with thunderstorms in the morning.

With that in mind, the coach is planning to put his team through an outdoor practice Thursday (Dec. 6) to prepare for some less than ideal weather conditions in Tampa Bay this weekend — “wet ball drills, the whole nine yards,”...

New Orleans Saints News: Playoff And NFC South-Clinching Scenarios For Week 14 Vs Buccaneers

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By Danny Cox, Inquisitr.Com

The New Orleans Saints are coming off of a down week in which they saw their 10-game win streak come to an end at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys. After brushing off that loss on Thursday Night Football, the Saints have had some extra time to rest and practice for Week 14. On Sunday, the Saints will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and there is a lot on the line as far as things go for the playoffs and the NFC South.

Despite the fact that the Saints are coming off of a loss, they still have a record of 10-2 and sit on top of the NFC South. Their closest competition in the division is from the Carolina Panthers who are 6-6 and they are followed by the...

Saints vs. Buccaneers first look: Scouting Tampa Bay on offense, defense, special teams

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By Rod Walker | The Advocate

New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 14

When: Noon Sunday

Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

TV: Fox

Radio: WWL-AM, 870; WWL-FM, 105.3 in New Orleans; KMDL-FM, 97.3 in Lafayette; WDGL-FM, 98.1 in Baton Rouge; en español: WGSO-AM, 990; WVDU-FM, 97.9

Records: Saints 10-2; Buccaneers 5-7

Coaches: Saints, Sean Payton (115-73), 12th season; Buccaneers, Dirk Koetter (19-25), 3rd season

Offense: The Bucs' offense looks a little different than it did in the season opener in the Dome when it put up 48 points in a victory against the Saints. The biggest...


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