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New Orleans Saints beat Atlanta Falcons 30-20 but denied spot in playoffs | NFL Week 18

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The New Orleans Saints did their part in Atlanta – thrashing the Falcons 30-20 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday, Jan. 9.

But when the Los Angeles Rams blew a 17-point lead and lost to the San Francisco 49ers 27-24 in overtime, it kept the Saints out of the playoffs for the first time since the 2016 season.

"Obviously, the other game didn't go the way we wanted," Coach Sean Payton said. "I'm proud of this group. Fought hard all season."
The Saints end the 2021 season with a 9-8 record and winners of four of their final five games. Sunday's game was another example of what the team had to fight through all season – losing a star player to injury.

Starting quarterback Taysom Hill was knocked out of the game in the second quarter with a left foot injury and Trevor Siemian replaced him. Siemian started strong by throwing two touchdown passes in the second quarter and then was off and on in the second half but did enough to lead the Saints to victory. The Saints started four players at quarterback in 2021, a necessity after starter Jameis Winston suffered a torn ACL in a home win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They also played the entire season without star receiver Michael Thomas and kicker Wil Lutz.

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'P'Oed off' New Orleans Saints defense extends postseason hopes again

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By Mike Triplett | ESPN Staff Writer

NEW ORLEANS -- It was just one touchdown.

A 21-yard run early in the second quarter by Carolina Panthers running back Chuba Hubbard, who broke too easily through the middle of the New Orleans Saints' defense before making backup safety Jeff Heath whiff in the open field.

But that one touchdown was absolutely unacceptable for a Saints defense that has become the team’s lifeline in December.

“That touchdown P'Oed us off, put it like that,” said safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson, who wound up sealing the Saints' 18-10 victory with an interception in the final minute.

The Saints responded by not allowing the Panthers another point and just 46 more yards over the final 43 minutes of Sunday’s win.

They sacked quarterback Sam Darnold seven times, forced two turnovers and kept the team's playoff hopes alive at 8-8 heading into the last week of the season. To earn the NFC's No. 7 seed, the Saints need to win at the Atlanta Falcons and have the Los Angeles Rams beat the San Francisco 49ers.

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P.J. Williams sack, forced fumble exemplified pressure applied by New Orleans Saints defense | Turning Point of the Game for NFL Week 17

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There isn't much that the New Orleans Saints haven't asked defensive back P.J. Williams to do on defense this season. Eagerly, and effectively, he has obliged, and that again was the case on Sunday in an 18-10 victory over Carolina in the Caesars Superdome.

Williams had three quarterback hits and a sack this season entering Sunday's game. Against the Panthers, he added to those totals – and more – on a play that didn't help produce a lead-taking score for the Saints, but highlighted the force with which New Orleans would play on defense against Carolina.

With the Panthers leading 10-3 in the second quarter, they began a drive at their 20-yard line after forcing a three-and-out from New Orleans on the Saints' preceding possession. Carolina gained just one yard on two plays – a Chuba Hubbard run and an incomplete pass – before facing third-and-9 with 10:14 left in the quarter.

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Jordan, Saints' defense secure 18-10 win over Panthers

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The third victory in four games for the Saints (8-8)

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Alvin Kamara turned a short pass into New Orleans' first touchdown in more than 11 quarters, Brett Maher kicked four field goals, and the Saints beat the reeling Carolina Panthers 18-10 on Sunday.

The third victory in four games for the Saints (8-8) — just their second triumph in the Superdome in their regular-season home finale — assured New Orleans would head into the final week of the regular season still in the hunt for an NFC wild-card spot.

Taysom Hill completed 17 of 28 passes for 222 yards and also led the Saints in rushing with 45 yards while playing behind an offensive line missing four season-opening starters. Marquez Callaway caught six passes for 97 yards and Kamara had five catches for 68 yards, including his 12-yard TD in the fourth quarter.

New Orleans' defense did the rest, sacking Sam Darnold seven times. Cameron Jordan had 3 1/2 sacks, his third straight game with at least two. C.J. Gardner Johnson sealed it with an interception in the final minute, dooming the Panthers (5-11) to a sixth straight loss. ...

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Rod Walker: Alvin Kamara remains silent, but his stellar play in training camp speaks volumes

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Alvin Kamara hasn’t talked to the media since last season.

So we don’t know his thoughts about the likely suspension he’ll eventually have to face after his arrest for a felony battery charge for an incident in Las Vegas in February.

Neither do we know how he feels about playing his first season without Sean Payton.

Or his personal goals for what will be his sixth NFL season.

All we know is what we’ve seen in training camp: a guy practicing more like a hungry rookie competing for a roster spot than a guy who has already established himself as one of the top running backs in the NFL...
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Saints sign 3 defensive players, including 1 familiar face at linebacker

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The New Orleans Saints showed up for camp Monday morning with a new linebacker and a new cornerback.

The team officially signed linebacker Chase Hansen and defensive back Jordan Brown, and in a corresponding move the Saints waived defensive back Dylan Mabin with an injury designation.

Like Kiko Alonso, who last week abruptly retired one day after re-signing with the team, Hansen has experience in New Orleans’ defensive system.

Hansen originally signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent prior to the 2019 season. He’s experienced a series of unfortunate injuries that have kept him...
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Jeff Duncan: Don't look now, but the Saints' 2021 draft class is blossoming before our eyes

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The first three weeks of training camp have done wonders for the perception of the Saints’ 2021 draft class.

A month ago, the class looked utilitarian at best. Compared to the landmark 2006 and 2017 classes, it lacked sizzle and sex appeal. With the notable exception of cornerback Paulson Adebo, there wasn’t much to excite Saints fans.

An offseason and three weeks of training camp later, the outlook for the class has changed considerably. The early returns from camp so far are encouraging. Collectively, the group is making a major jump from Year 1 to Year 2. The class figures to play a...
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Saints camp, Day 11 observations: C.J. Gardner-Johnson returns; Thomas and Adebo battle

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For the second time in three days, lightning thwarted the the New Orleans Saints’ attempts to practice outdoors in front of their fans.

The Saints were only outside for about 20 minutes, much of which was spent in the rain, before the sirens blared and warned of lightning in the area. The Saints moved to the indoor facility, and wrapped up the remainder of the roughly two-hour practice inside.

Here were the highlights.

The following players did not practice Monday: Defensive backs Marshon Lattimore and Dylan Mabin, linebackers D’Marco Jackson and Zack Baun and defensive linemen Marcus...
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Jameis Winston leaves Saints camp early and more Day 11 Saints camp takeaways

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With the New Orleans Saints and Houston Texans preseason game at the end of the week, anticipation was high coming into Day 11 of Saints camp, another padded practice. While there were some positive moments throughout, they will be overshadowed by the big news around starting quarterback Jameis Winston. Winston left practice early and head coach Dennis Allen provided what he could as an update. That’s where we start our takeaways and practice notes from the first day of training camp Week 3.
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Saints Camp day 11: Jameis Winston tweaks ankle, first preseason game soon

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NEW ORLEANS — Preseason quickly approaches and Jameis Winston tweaks his ankle. Brooke Kirchhofer breaks down day 11 of Saints training camp.
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All Access radio show to air Wednesday nights at Treasure Chest with Rickey Jackson on 106.1 FM

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Each Wednesday night for the next three months, join Cumulus New Orleans Sports Director Ken Trahan live at Treasure Chest Casino in Kenner, on Lake Pontchartrain, in the FanDuel Sportsbook for a live version of All Access Sportstalk from 6 p.m.-7 p.m.

This Wednesday, August 10, Ken’s special guest is Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, Saints Hall of Fame inductee and Saints Ring of Honor inductee Rickey Jackson.

Come meet Rickey, get autographs and pictures and register for prizes.

That’s Wednesday night, August 10 in the FanDuel Sportsbook of Treasure Chest Casino in Kenner with...
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Saints QB Jameis Winston being evaluated for foot injury

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Jameis Winston left New Orleans Saints practice early Monday after “tweaking his foot,” head coach Dennis Allen told reporters.

Allen added the starting quarterback was still being evaluated and had no update on the severity of the injury.

Winston is attempting to return from knee surgery after suffering injuries that ended his 2021 season in week seven.

The Saints started practice Monday outdoors before moving inside to their indooor practice facility due to inclement weather.

New Orleans is also reportedly signing former USFL defensive end T.J. Carter.

The Saints continue training...
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Saints Training Camp Practice Day 11: Notes and Observations

  • News source: John Hendrix
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After a day off for everyone, the Saints were back at it on Monday. We have a preseason game to look forward to on Saturday, so things are only going to escalate from here. The team started practice indoors and came outside to work despite a steady downpour. The rain slacked up a bit, but it wasn't long before we got a lightning alert and things moved indoors for the rest of the session. Here's all of our notes and observations from Day 11 of training camp.

CAMP RECAPS: Day 10 | Day 9 | Day 8 | Day 7 | Day 6 | Day 5 | Day 4 | Day 3 | Day 2 | Day 1

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Saints Sign DE T.J. Carter

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Pro Football Network's Aaron Wilson reports that the New Orleans Saints are signing DE T.J. Carter.

This after a Monday workout that also included defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks. Earlier in the day, New Orleans also added CB Jordan Brown and re-signed LB Chase Hansen.

Carter originally entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie from Kentucky in 2020. He was initially signed by the Arizona Cardinals. Carter spent last preseason with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was selected in the third round of the USFL Draft this past spring, chosen by the Michigan Panthers.

The San Francisco 49ers also...
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Curtis Johnson to speak Wednesday at Life Resources Bottom Line Luncheon

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A native of New Orleans, Curtis Johnson grew up in St. Rose and attended and played football at St. Charles Catholic High School in LaPlace.

Johnson spent 11 seasons as part of the New Orleans Saints coaching staff and was part of the staff that won Super Bowl XLIV in the 2009 season. He also served as an assistant coach with the Chicago Bears.

In nearly four decades of coaching, Johnson has served as an assistant in the NFL, in college and on the high school level.

As the head coach at Tulane University over a period of four years, Johnson lead the Green Wave to a R&L Carriers New...
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Dennis Allen: Jameis Winston left practice early after he “tweaked his foot a little bit”

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There may be an injury concern developing in New Orleans.

Quarterback Jameis Winston left practice early on Monday with a foot injury.

“Jameis went in today, he kind of tweaked his foot a little bit. He went in for some evaluation,” Allen said in his press conference. “I don’t have any update on that. But it was kind of [when he was] rolling out, I think it was in the 7-on-7 period, he kind of felt it tweak a little bit. So we wanted to go in and get him evaluated.”

There was some question as to whether it was a foot injury or ankle injury, but, via Luke Johnson of the New Orleans...
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Saints QB Jameis Winston leaves practice early after he 'tweaked his foot'

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston left the team's training camp practice early Monday morning with what coach Dennis Allen described as a foot injury.

"He kind of tweaked his foot a little bit," Allen said. "He went in for some evaluations. I don't have any update on that, but (he) was kind of rolling out, I think it was in the seven-on-seven period where he kind of felt it tweak a little bit, so we wanted to go in and get him evaluated."

Winston has participated in every practice thus far in training camp, despite the fact that he suffered a season-ending torn ACL last...
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NFL preseason Week 1 odds, point spreads, schedule: Saints small favorite over Texans

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The NFL preseason kicked off last week with the Hall of Fame Game, a 27-11 victory for the Las Vegas Raiders over the Jacksonville Jaguars. But that was just an appetizer compared to what's to come this week, when all 32 NFL teams will be in action.

You can't always tell which players will take part in preseason games and for how long, but among the highlights of preseason Week 1 are the debut of No. 2 NFL draft pick Aidan Hutchinson for the Detroit Lions, who face the Atlanta Falcons on Friday; a northeast battle between the league's longest tenured coach, Bill Belichick of the New...
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Saints Bring Back LB Chase Hansen

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The New Orleans Saints have brought back veteran LB Chase Hansen. According to John Hendrix of the Saints News Network, Hansen practiced with the team on Monday morning at training camp.

Hansen's signing is a response to the abrupt retirement of LB Kiko Alonso, who was re-signed by the Saints last week. Alonso retired after one practice with the team.

An undrafted rookie from Utah in 2019, Hansen missed his entire first year with a back injury. He made the team’s active roster in 2020 and appeared in two regular season games with one defensive snap and 24 more on special teams. He also...
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Dennis Allen Says Jameis Winston 'Tweaked His Foot', Left Practice Early

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New Orleans quarterback Jameis Winston left practice early when he "tweaked his foot a little bit," Dennis Allen told reporters.

Allen went to say, "He went in for some evaluation. I don't have any update on that. But it was it was kind of rolling out. I think it was in the seven-on-seven period that kind of felt it tweak a little bit, and so we wanted to go in and get him evaluated."

Winston is performing well at training camp. According to beat reporter Nick Underhill, he has not thrown an interception in the 11-on-11 drills during camp.

The Saints will keep a close eye on their...
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