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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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Sheldon Rankins out for year, Noah Spence in for depth

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With news already breaking that Marcus Davenport would likely miss the remainder of the 2019 season and postseason due to a foot injury insured last week against the San Francisco 49ers, it appears the hits keep on coming.

Former fellow first round pick Sheldon Rankins - he of the only one first round pick used to acquire him - is now set to miss the remainder of the year as well due to an injured ankle.

The Saints acted quickly yesterday, likely anticipating these...
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Reports: Saints lose Sheldon Rankins to ankle injury, add Noah Spence to depleted defensive line

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The losses keep coming for the Saints defensive after the heart-breaking defeat in a shootout against the 49ers.

News broke Tuesday that starting defensive end Marcus Davenport had been lost for the year due to a Lisfranc fracture. A day later, it appears defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins may have a season-ending ankle injury.

Both defensive linemen were injured in Sunday’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

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Saints sign veteran defensive end Noah Spence: report

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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After seeing multiple players along the defensive line sustain serious injuries last week, the New Orleans Saints addressed the position by signing one of the top available players, Noah Spence, according to an NFL Network report.

The signing figures to bolster the Saints at defensive end in particular, after second-year player Marcus Davenport was lost for the season with a foot injury.

Spence most recently played in a reserve role for the Washington Redskins...
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Source: Saints D takes a hit with Davenport loss

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METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints' last-second loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday proved even costlier than it seemed.

Defensive end Marcus Davenport will have season-ending foot surgery after being injured in the second half, and starting defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins also suffered an ankle injury in the 48-46 defeat, a source confirmed Wednesday.

The Saints will sign veteran defensive end Noah Spence as a replacement for Davenport, a source...
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Saints may lose Davenport for rest of season with foot injury

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Fresh off their worst defensive outing of the season, the Saints received unfortunate news.

Defensive end Marcus Davenport suffered a significant foot injury in Sunday’s loss to the 49ers and is expected to undergo season-ending surgery, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday, per sources informed of the situation.

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Saints signing former Buc Noah Spence

  • News source: Darin Gantt
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The Saints need some reinforcements on defense, and they signed a former division foe to help fill in.

According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, the Saints are signing defensive end Noah Spence.

The former Buccaneers second-rounder was with Washington earlier this year but was released in November.

He once showed great promise as a pass-rusher, with 5.5 sacks as a rookie in 2016. He has two since then.

The Saints can’t be too picky at the moment, after losing...
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Saints unchanged despite loss in Week 15 Power Rankings

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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Week 15 of the NFL regular season is almost upon us. Here are all of the major outlets’ power rankings. So how do the New Orleans Saints rank? (change from last week’s ranking is in parentheses)
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Sheldon Rankins could miss the remainder of the season with a right ankle injury: source

  • News source: By LUKE JOHNSON | Staff Writer
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Though Sheldon Rankins has not officially made a decision on how to proceed, there is a possibility the New Orleans Saints defensive tackle's season came to a premature end Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.

Rankins, who played just nine defensive snaps Sunday and did not emerge from the locker room after halftime, is still evaluating his options according to a league source.

This comes a day after it was reported defensive end Marcus Davenport needs...
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Report: Sheldon Rankins has “significant” ankle injury

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The Saints defensive line may be down two players for the rest of the season.

Defensive end Marcus Davenport is set to miss the rest of the year after hurting his foot last Sunday and defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins may be set for the same fate.

Rankins hurt his ankle in the loss to the 49ers and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that it is a “significant” injury. He adds that it doesn’t look like Rankins will be able to make it back on the field this year.

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NFL MVP stock watch: Jackson's historic campaign, and who is still in the race

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The NFL's MVP race is in a full-on sprint toward the finish line with the final quarter of the 2019 season underway.

Not a whole lot has changed since we last looked at the field of candidates, especially among the front-runners. Lamar Jackson, Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson spent the past month jockeying for positioning as the recurring favorites, but the second-year Ravens star has undeniably taken a leap ahead of his competition as the most dynamic quarterback...
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5-foot-6, 170-pound Deonte Harris coming up big for Saints

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Deonte Harris has often been overlooked because of his size. Listed at 5-foot-6 and 170 pounds, Harris didn’t draw the interest of any major football powerhouses, so he played in college at Assumption, a Division II school, where he set the NCAA’s all-time record for touchdown returns. He went undrafted this year, but the Saints picked him up, and now he’s having an oversized impact in New Orleans.

On Sunday Harris had 213 all-purpose yards, with 155 on kickoff...
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Marcus Davenport Out for the Year with Foot Injury

  • News source: JR Ella
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The Saints’ 48-46 defeat to the San Francisco 49ers came at an even steeper price than just the loss, as reports have surfaced that second-year defensive end Marcus Davenport is out for the season with a foot injury sustained during Sunday’s game.

Davenport had six sacks on the season (up from 4.5 sacks last year) and had been a mainstay on New Orleans’ defensive line, applying a lot of pressure on opposite quarterbacks.

Trey Hendrickson is the natural replacement...
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