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New Orleans Saints have chance to secure Domefield advantage for playoffs

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John DeShazier | Senior Writer - NewOrleansSaints.com

When the New Orleans Saints (12-2) and Steelers (8-5-1) play in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, it will mark a calendar month between home games for New Orleans, which finished its road schedule against Carolina on Monday night.

The Saints have the power to ensure not leaving again until February.

With a victory in one of the last two regular-season games – both in the Superdome – New Orleans will lock up the No. 1 seed in the NFC. They would be the home team for any playoff game in which they play until Super Bowl LIII, in Atlanta on Feb. 3.

And for all the obvious reasons, the Saints are pressing for that to be the case.

Dating to 2009, in the last six seasons that the Saints have had a winning record (including through 14 games this season), they’ve posted a 39-7 record in the Superdome (85 percent) in the regular season. In the last four of those winning seasons, New Orleans is 28-2 at home.

Too, they’re undefeated (4-0) in the playoffs during that span. ...

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Final Saints injury report vs. Steelers for Week 16: Terron Armstead, Max Unger practice fully

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints and Pittsburgh Steelers posted their final injury reports for Week 16, updating the status of some players and ruling others out for their upcoming kickoff. Here’s what we know.
From the Saints

New Orleans again missed its backup left tackle with Jermon Bushrod (hamstring) not appearing in their final practice session. The good news is Terron Armstead (pectoral), their newly-minted Pro Bowl starter, was a full participant after two days of limited reps and looks to be ready to play again. This was also true of center Max Unger (concussion) who was pulled from their Monday Night Football game. The Saints may have their starting five offensive linemen back together.

From the Steelers

Pittsburgh preemptively ruled out running back James Conner (ankle), and listed wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (groin) as questionable after his early exit from their Dec. 20 practice.

Those are two serious absences for the Steelers, though Smith-Schuster still isn’t confirmed to miss the game. Rookies Jaylen Samuels and James Washington figure to see bigger roles against the Saints....

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Saints’ Jermon Bushrod will not play vs. Steelers

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(Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

The New Orleans Saints' final injury report ahead of their matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers contained some bad news, and some news that was potentially very good for the team.

Veteran left tackle Jermon Bushrod, who has started the last five games in place of the injured Terron Armstead, will miss the Steelers game with a hamstring injury. But the man he replaced in the starting lineup may be ready to return.

Armstead was listed as a full participant in Friday’s practice and will not carry an injury designation into Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh, indicating that he should be ready to return from the torn pectoral muscle he suffered in early November against the Bengals. ...

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Cornelius Lucas says it’s a ‘dream come true’ to join hometown Saints

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(Photo by Mike Mulholland, MLive.com)

By Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Cornelius Lucas was planning on visiting his family in New Orleans for Christmas. The Saints gave him a chance to come home early.

The 27-year-old offensive tackle signed with the Saints on Thursday (Dec. 20), replacing Derek Newton among the team’s backup options on the offensive line.

“Long story short, dream come true,” Lucas said. “Especially how this year has been going for me, definitely a dream come true.”

Lucas, a New Orleans native who prepped at Edna Karr, has been living in Los Angeles because he was with the Rams last year and this offseason. The Saints flew him in for a workout Tuesday, and he’s ecstatic to be a part of the team.

“I’ll put it to you like this: I grew up on the Saints when they didn’t have enough fans to put the game on the TV,” he said. ...

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49ers walk off with wild 48-46 win over Saints

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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NEW ORLEANS – With the strong possibility of a No. 1 seed in the balance in the NFC, the Saints played their most important game of the season Sunday against San Francisco in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

New Orleans answered the call on offense, scoring 46 points, allowing no sacks while amassing 465 yards against a team that came in with 45 sacks, allowing 15 points per game and just 134 yards passing per game and 250 yards per game to opponents.

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High stakes game comes down to the last play, as Saints lose to the 49ers on last-second field goal

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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It made sense for a game between two teams duking it out for NFC supremacy to come down to the final minutes.

The New Orleans Saints took over from their own 24-yard line with 2:19 remaining in a game they trailed 45-40, putting the game in the hands of future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees against the San Francisco 49ers outstanding defense.

And Brees did the thing Brees has done so many times throughout his career, leading the Saints on a seven-play, 76-yard...
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49ers win shootout with Saints 48-46 to move to 11-2

  • News source: Charean Williams
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Forty-six was not enough.

The Saints scored a go-ahead touchdown with 53 seconds remaining, the fourth lead change of the day, and had the 49ers on the ropes with a fourth-and-two with 39 seconds remaining. But New Orleans missed on two two-point conversions, including one after their final touchdown, and the 49ers kicked the game-winning field goal on the final play.

Jimmy Garoppolo hit George Kittle on for a 39-yard gain on that fourth-and-two play, with C.J...
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Michael Thomas sets new Saints' record for receiving yards in a season

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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Saints receiver Michael Thomas set another record on Sunday.

He broke his own.

With his ninth reception in the fourth quarter, Thomas set the Saints' single season record for receiving yards with a 21-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees.

Thomas has 118 receiving yards for the day with 5 minutes left in the game. The Saints trail the 49ers, 42-40.

He came into Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers with 1,290 receiving yards on the season.

Thomas set the...
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Saints DE Marcus Davenport shaken up, heads to medical tent

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport was shaken up a couple times during Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Davenport, the second year pro, headed back into the injury tent in the fourth quarter with an undisclosed injury. He had to go to the injury tent in the second quarter as well before coming back into the game.

Before going into the tent the second time, Davenport had one tackle, which was a tackle for loss in the second quarter. He...
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Saints DT Sheldon Rankins questionable to return with ankle injury

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers with an ankle injury.

Rankins never came back out of the locker room after halftime.

Rankins, who had a sack and two quarterback hits last week, left the game before recording any statistics.

Rankins is the second Saints player to leave the game with an injury, as tight end Jared Cook was ruled out with a concussion after he went down in...
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Saints Lose a Heavyweight Battle 48-46 to the 49ers

  • News source: JR Ella
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Coming off a 26-18 Thanksgiving win in Atlanta that gave them a third consecutive NFC South crown, the New Orleans Saints (10-3) were coming home to their biggest challenge of the year against the high-flying San Francisco 49ers (11-2). A win today would mean another big step towards getting one of the two coveted top seeds in the NFC playoffs. A loss and the Saints would likely have to win their remaining three games to have a chance at a bye week in the postseason...
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Sunday NFL Football: Week 14 Late Games Thread

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All four games are AFC contest with one NFC non-contender and therefore have no bearing on the NFC playoff picture.

The most interesting one is going to be the (8-4) Chiefs at the (10-2) Patriots.

We also have:

The (7-5) Titans at the (6-6) Raiders

The (7-5) Steelers at the NFCW (3-8) Cardinals

And finally the (4-8) Chargers at the equally dismal (4-8) Jaguars

Depending on the outcome of our own game most will likely be deep in their cups, either celebrating or...
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49ers 28 Saints 27: 2nd Half Game Thread.

  • News source: cajuncommando58
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The 49ers win the coin toss and defer. Deonte Harris takes out from the endzone to the 27.

QB Drew Brees quickly drives the field on the backs of Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara, and Latavius Murray. Brees to Jared Cook deep for the touchdown. Saints 7-0.

49ers start at the 25. They quickly drive into Saints territory at the 30. Next pass 1st and goal. All passing. Touchdown 49ers, all on the arm of James Garoppolo. Tie game. 8:26 into the 1st quarter.

Deonte Harris...
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Saints TE Cook out, concussed catching TD pass

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NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans Saints tight end Jared Cook was ruled out with a concussion Sunday after catching two touchdown passes in the first 11 minutes against the San Francisco 49ers.

Cook was injured during his second TD catch -- a terrific 26-yard grab, which he held on to despite being hit in the head by 49ers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon and drawing an unnecessary roughness penalty.

Cook, who signed with the Saints in free agency this offseason, has really...
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Weston Richburg carted off with knee, ankle injuries

  • News source: Charean Williams
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The 49ers won’t have center Weston Richburg for the rest of Sunday’s game. His return this season appears in doubt, too, as he was carted off in the third quarter with knee and ankle injuries.

Richburg’s feet got tangled with right guard Mike Person and he lost his footing at the snap. His right leg got bent backward awkwardly as defensive lineman Shy Tuttle pushed through Richburg to tackle Tevin Coleman with 10:41 remaining in the third quarter.

The 49ers quickly...
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49ers rally to take 28-27 halftime lead over Saints

  • News source: Charean Williams
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If you love defense, don’t turn on the 49ers-Saints game. If you love offense, it’s the game for you.

The teams have combined for 55 points and 581 yards. Each team has punted only once.

The Saints twice led by 13 points, missing on a 2-point conversion, but the 49ers rallied both times. San Francisco took its first lead with 42 seconds left in the half on a 10-yard run by Raheem Mostert, who scored earlier in the second quarter on a 35-yard pass by Emmanuel...
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