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Author: Ian Riise

New Orleans Saints Fall to Minnesota Vikings: Three Observations From a Devastating Postseason Loss

In a wild NFC Divisional playoff matchup, the New Orleans Saints fell 29-24 to the Minnesota Vikings, ending their 2017 season the same way it began. The Saints punted on their first three drives as Minnesota jumped out to a 17-0 lead early in the second quarter. Later in the half, New Orleans squandered two opportunities in Vikings territory with an interception and a missed field goal. However, they made two big stops on defense and went into halftime with the score still 17-0. Everything changed in the second half. The Saints forced a punt on Minnesota’s first drive of...

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New Orleans Saints Divisional Round Preview: Minnesota Vikings Show Few Weaknesses

DETROIT, MI – NOVEMBER 23: Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen (97) celebrates a defensive play during game action between the Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions on November 23, 2017 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) After winning a nail-biter against the Carolina Panthers in the first round of the playoffs, the New Orleans Saints face a daunting matchup against the Minnesota Vikings on the road this weekend. The Vikings boast one of the NFL’s most complete teams with a 10th ranked scoring offense (23.9 points per game) and...

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New Orleans Saints Wild Card Film Analysis: Drew Brees

As the New Orleans Saints struggled to run the ball early in their Wild Card win over the Carolina Panthers, it was up to quarterback Drew Brees to carry the Saints offense to victory. Following a regular season where he finished with his lowest yardage (4,334) and touchdown (23) totals as a Saint, Brees stepped up and delivered a performance unlike any he’d had in 2017. Brees threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns in the first half alone, including his longest pass of the season; an 80-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. He finished with 376 passing...

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New Orleans Saints Outlast Carolina Panthers and Advance to NFC Divisional Round

The New Orleans Saints kept their season alive with a hard-fought 31-26 win over the Carolina Panthers. New Orleans had beaten Carolina by double-digits in both regular season games but faced a much more competitive Panthers team this time around. The Saints scored first and led the rest of the way, but Carolina never trailed by more than 12 points and had a chance to win on their final possession with 1:51 remaining. Down by five, the Panthers quickly moved down to the Saints 21-yard line with the help of two long passes by quarterback Cam Newton. However, two Saints...

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New Orleans Saints Wild Card Preview: A Familiar and Favorable Matchup

The New Orleans Saints will face a very familiar opponent in their first playoff game since 2013. After defeating the Carolina Panthers twice in the regular season, the Saints once again take on their NFC South rival in the Wild Card round. It may seem like a daunting task to beat the same team three times in one season, however history is on the Saints side. Teams are 13-7 when facing an opponent in the postseason after beating them twice in the regular season. Since the Saints defeated Carolina by 10 or more points in both regular season showdowns,...

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Week 17 New Orleans Saints Takeaways

The New Orleans Saints finished the regular season at 11-5 following a 31-24 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week 17. Despite the loss, the Saints became the NFC South division champions and clinched the number four seed in the playoffs thanks to the Atlanta Falcons defeat of the Carolina Panthers. However, they would have moved into the third seed if they had won due to a loss by the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. Questions surround the Saints heading into the postseason. Facing a strong NFC playoff bracket, they’ve now lost three of their last six following...

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New Orleans Saints Week 16 Film Analysis: Goal Line Stands

The New Orleans Saints defense had one of its best performances of the season in a 23-13 win over the Atlanta Falcons in week 16. New Orleans shut out Atlanta for the first 35 minutes of the game, forcing three punts and two turnovers in the process. By the end of the game, Atlanta had converted on just two of 13 third down attempts, and the Saints defense had recorded seven tackles for losses and five sacks. Atlanta did not reach the end zone until late in the fourth quarter, after failing to score from the Saints one-yard line on...

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Week 16 New Orleans Saints Takeaways

The New Orleans Saints (11-4) clinched their first playoff berth since 2013 with a 23-13 win over the Atlanta Falcons (9-6) in week 16. Everything seemed to go the Saints way as they jumped out to a 13-0 halftime lead. New Orleans held Atlanta to 111 yards, and didn’t allow them to convert a third down in the first half. The Saints offense didn’t have its best game, but they controlled the clock and avoided mistakes against a ninth-ranked Falcons defense. Despite the win and the guaranteed trip to the playoffs, New Orleans still has a lot to play...

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