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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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John DeShazier | Senior Writer -

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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4 Downs: Four Storylines from the Saints Regular Season Finale

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By Bob Rose | SIcom

The New Orleans Saints went on the road and pummeled the Carolina Panthers 42-10 on Sunday to finish their regular season with a 13-3 record. The Saints tied their best record in franchise history and notched their third straight division crown earlier this year, also a franchise first. The Saints will not have a week to rest before commencing their championship pursuit, and will instead prepare to host the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday. Here were some of the major storylines to come out of their regular-season finale against Carolina.


The New Orleans offense is riding high heading into the postseason. The Saints scored over 30 points an NFL-high eleven times this year, hitting the mark in five of their last six games. In the opening half New Orleans rolled up 266 yards, 20 first downs, and a team-record 35 first-half points against the Panthers. On a day when wide receiver Michael Thomas, the new NFL record-holder for receptions in a season, had a season-low 4 catches and 37 yards, the Saints proved that they were more than a one-man show.

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Sunday's top NFL game: Saints finish 13-3 but miss out on first-round bye

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) waves to fans following the game.
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By Steve Reed (AP) | The Detroit News

Charlotte, N.C. — It turns out 13 wins weren't enough to earn the New Orleans Saints a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs.

The runaway winners of the NFC South will have to win an extra game if they hope to reach the Super Bowl. They'll be the No. 3 seed in the playoffs and host the Vikings next weekend in the wild-card round while the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers get a week to rest.

The Saints were hoping they might get a first-round bye — or possibly even home-field advantage throughout the playoffs — after throttling the reeling Carolina Panthers 42-10 on Sunday. Instead, Saints owner Gayle Benson watched the Packers rally to beat the Lions on a set of TVs in the press box at Bank of America Stadium. Then, after the Saints returned home to Louisiana, they watched the 49ers outlast the Seahawks with a last-second goal-line stand. The Packers, 49ers and Saints all finished 13-3, but the Saints lost out on tiebreakers.

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