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Chiefs rally once again to defeat 49ers, win SB LIV

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By Nick Shook

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Down 10 points in the final quarter of their season, the Kansas City Chiefs saved their greatest comeback for the biggest stage. Patrick Mahomes, magnificent and magical in the final stanza, led an unbelievable rally that concluded with the Chiefs defeating the 49ers, 31-20, in Super Bowl LIV in Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday night.

With a season on the line and his team down, 20-10, in the last quarter, Mahomes found tight end Travis Kelce for a score and then running back Damien Williams for the game-winner. Williams broke loose to seal the win with a 38-yard run down the sideline. With the Chiefs' high-octane offense quelled by the Niners' stupendous defense for most of the night, Kansas City pulled off its third straight comeback victory to give coach Andy Reid his first Super Bowl win and the franchise its first in 50 years.

Here's what we learned from the Chiefs' memorable Super Bowl triumph over the 49ers.

1. The Chiefs were in the game early in the second half because Andy Reid coached the first half aggressively. The Chiefs were also in the game because Kyle Shanahan coached conservatively. ...

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Consistent production eludes New Orleans Saints in Wild Card loss to Minnesota

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As Coach Sean Payton is wont to say, this one won’t go down easy.

For the third consecutive postseason, the New Orleans Saints lost on the final play; this time, a 4-yard touchdown pass in overtime as sixth-seeded Minnesota ended New Orleans’ season in a 26-20 decision Sunday in their Wild Card game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The Saints (13-4) simply couldn’t pull it all together at once against the Vikings. They couldn’t generate enough offense, couldn’t produce enough timely stops and ultimately, couldn’t make enough plays to advance to the divisional round.

OFFENSE: The Saints turned it over twice against the Vikings, an interception and lost fumble by quarterback Drew Brees, after having turned it over an NFL-record low eight times during the regular season. Minnesota turned the interception into a valuable touchdown. But, just as much, the Vikings won the battle up front; Brees was sacked three times, hit seven times and hurried as often as he had been at any point this season. ...

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Saints’ Drew Brees wins NFC Offensive Player of the Month for December

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By Skyler Carlin | Clutch Points

Drew Brees finished the 2019 season strong for the New Orleans Saints, and he was rewarded for his efforts in the final four weeks. Ahead of New Orleans’ NFC Wild Card matchup versus the Minnesota Vikings, Brees was crowned as the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for the month of December.

In the month of December, Brees completed 75.4 percent of his passes for 1,188 yards, 15 touchdowns, and zero interceptions. The Saints would only lose one game in that span and finish the season with an impressive 13-3 record.

During his dominant four-game stretch in December, his most impressive outing likely came in Week 15 against the Indianapolis Colts. On “Monday Night Football,” Brees completed 29 of his 30 attempts for 307 yards and four touchdowns.

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Attorneys for late Saints, Pelicans owner Tom Benson fight to keep mental competency case sealed

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Attorneys for late New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson are fighting national media outlets’ request for a judge to unseal confidential pleadings and other records filed when Benson’s estranged relatives unsuccessfully sought to have him declared mentally unfit in 2015.

The Orleans Parish Civil District Court’s website shows that Benson attorney James Gulotta Jr. filed a motion Tuesday opposing the public release of the documents sought by the Associated Press, CNN, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.

Meanwhile, lawyers for the daughter and grandchildren with...
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Saints fans have good reason to hate the Panthers

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It’s SB Nation’s rivalry week and we are moving on to the Carolina Panthers. The New Orleans Saints and the Panthers have been characterized by high scoring, and sometimes, heartbreaking games.

Obviously the Atlanta Falcons are the Saints’s biggest rival, but they haven’t been a factor since, you know, 28-3. . . But, since then the Panthers have seemed to be the biggest factor in the NFC South for New Orleans. Then- Carolina quarterback Cam Newton was fun to hate with his style and the 3,242 yards and 21 touchdowns in his 15 career games against New Orleans.

The Panthers have always been...
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A deep dive into what makes Cam Jordan one of the league’s best defenders

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Cameron Jordan was always among the most underrated players in the league towards the earlier stages of his career. Drafted in 2011, he couldn’t crack the NFL Network’s Top 100 list until 2015, at No. 99, despite that even not being his best season in terms of sacks or pressures.

The following year, he didn’t even make the list at all (!!!), when he ranked fourth among edge rushers in overall grade at a crisp 90.0, via Pro Football Focus. Too bad all the people who make those lists look at are sacks when weighing pass rushers’ performances — about one or two percent of their total snaps...
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Fleur-de-Links, July 9: Michael Thomas, Latavius Murray, Wil Lutz, and more speak on pandemic and masks

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With Michael Thomas, Julio Jones, Emmanuel Sanders, Mike Evans, and more, the NFC South has the best wide receivers in the league.

The first in a multi-part series, a look at the offensive line and why the line could help the Saints win the Super Bowl in 2020.

Cam Jordan, Latavius Murray, Erik McCoy, Wil Lutz, and Josh Hill released a video asking football fans to wear masks if they want a 2020 football season.

Saints punter Thomas Morstead says that the NFL must adapt to the virus since the virus can’t adapt to football.

How the Saints plan to use the rookie Zack Baun in the 2020...
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Saints undrafted rookie Keith Washington brings versatility through varied college experience

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Keith Washington’s college football journey included a lot of twists and turns.

Originally signed by Michigan in 2015, the native of Prattville, Ala. played in nine games as a redshirt freshman, mostly on special teams. The cornerback wanted to reach the field as a starter faster and moved on to Copiah-Lincoln in 2017

Williams then found a home at West Virginia for the 2018-’19 campaigns. He recorded 17 starts for the Mountaineers and displayed excellent ball skills with five interceptions and 18 passes defended over the two seasons.

The 6-1, 180-pound Williams boasts impressive...
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Saints vision for versatile rookie LB Zack Baun includes maximizing pass rush skills

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It was not long after the New Orleans Saints drafted former Wisconsin linebacker Zack Baun that they made clear their intentions to use him as an off-ball linebacker, where his athleticism and intelligence could shine.

But an organization that has reaped the benefits of allowing versatile players to maximize their unique individual skills also sees the potential for a little bit more.

“We love the flexibility of the player,” said defensive coordinator Dennis Allen. “That was one of the things that was the most intriguing to us about him. There's a vision for this guy being able to move...
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NFC South: Home of the NFL’s best wide receivers

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It is no secret that the NFC South is loaded at wide receiver. Michael Thomas, Julio Jones, Mike Evans, DJ Moore, Chris Godwin, Emmanuel Sanders, and Calvin Ridley present one of the deepest wide receiver groups in a single division in NFL history. It should come as no surprise then that CBS Sports ranked the NFC South as the division with the best wide receivers in football:

Fans of the Atlanta Julio Joneses Falcons always get in their feels when Michael Thomas and Julio Jones are put in the same conversation:

But at the end of the day, whether Michael Thomas (who broke an NFL record...
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Why the Saints could win it all, Part I - Offensive line

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Bringing back a series of pieces from the past four years, we’re going to check each position group on the New Orleans Saints and discuss how they improve the Saints’ chances of making a run in 2020. Let’s start with the offensive line...

Pro Football Focus ranked all NFL offensive lines following the 2019 season, and the Saints came in 5th overall:

After the 2019 season, the Saints still had questions on the offensive line. Left guard Andrus Peat struggled with injuries and was set to hit free agency. Right guard Larry Warford made the Pro Bowl, but was repeatedly manhandled by opposing...
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Michael Thomas: NFL’s escrow proposal has to be a joke

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The NFLPA informed its board of player representatives that the league has proposed placing 35 percent of player salaries in escrow in order to help manage the expected revenue losses during the 2020 season and it has not been met with a warm response by players.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reported that NFLPA exec Don Davis told those reps on a conference call that the union’s response was to tell the league to “kick rocks” when they put forth the proposal. Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas posted a couple of tweets in response as well.

In the first, Thomas wrote that “everyone will...
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Fleur-de-Links, July 8: Demario Davis supports black national anthem play and a potential cornerback the Saints should look at

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Tom Brady joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers brought out the worst in Tampa Bay fans while simultaneously bringing over a bunch of Tom Brady fans who jumped ship from the New England Patriots.

Bleacher Report names former Cincinnati Bengal cornerback Dre Kirckpatrick as a potential free agent that the Saints could sign.

With four Prime Time Games in 2020, the Saints could have dominance in prime time appearances.

Saints linebacker Demario Davis has expressed his support for the reported NFL plan to play the Black national anthem in Week 1.

A look at every running back and fullback on the...
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Dre Kirkpatrick an interesting free agent option remaining for the Saints

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The New Orleans Saints have had an active free agency, re-signing a future Hall of Famer in Drew Brees, signing last year’s passing leader Jameis Winston, signing the XFL interception leader Deatrick Nichols, and adding key players on both offense (Emmanuel Sanders) and defense (Malcolm Jenkins).

But maybe they aren’t done just yet.

Yes, there is still talk the Saints could be interested in former Seattle Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, but maybe that’s not the veteran the Saints target this offseason. Bleacher Report names signing former Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre...
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Dennis Allen looking forward to “huge challenge” of defending Tom Brady

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The NFC South was the site of the biggest free agent move in the league this March as quarterback Tom Brady‘s decision to sign with the Buccaneers made for a big change in the divisional landscape.

Such a shift will also mean more work for the defensive coordinators of the other three teams in the division.

Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen faced the Buccaneers twice last season, so he has experience facing the offense put together by head coach Bruce Arians and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. That offense is going to look different with Brady at the helm, however, and...
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Tom Brady’s arrival has brought out the worst in Buccaneer fans

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers joined some prestigious company in the 2020 offseason. Much like the 2011 Eagles, the 2014 Saints and the 2019 Browns, the Bucs left March as unquestioned offseason winners. And, much like the 8-8 Eagles, the 7-9 Saints and the 6-10 Browns, there’s definitely no disappointment lurking around the corner.

If you had asked Buccaneer fans heading into next season in early March, they’d have told you having a quarterback in his 40s could NEVER work. However, the signing of Tom Brady changed everything, and suddenly 40 is the new 20.

Just look at this video of the...
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Fleur-de-Links, July 7: Jonathan Vilma talks on his move to broadcasting and Saints OC answers questions

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A look at how previous shortened NFL seasons have worked in case the NFL 2020 season is cut significantly, if not outright cancelled altogether.

A look at how Michael Thomas stacks up against Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones.

Saints OC Pete Carmichael talks Emmanuel Sanders, Jameis Winston, Cesar Ruiz, and more.

Clutch Points ranks the 3 “most savage” moments from the rivalry between the Saints and Falcons, with Steve Gleason’s punt block earning the top spot.

A look at all four of the quarterbacks the Saints currently have on their roster.

With Emmanuel Sanders, Alvin...
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