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Sean Payton: Can’t speak for Drew Brees, but think he wants to play

Saints quarterback Drew Brees wasn’t interested in talking about his plans for 2020 after last Sunday’s loss to the Vikings, but it remains a topic of great interest in New Orleans. Brees is not under contract for 2020, which leaves a couple of decisions to make. One is whether he wants to play another season [more]

Overtime rules still need to change

After the Chiefs lost the AFC Championship in overtime, the Chiefs proposed a rule that would allow the team that kicks off to start the extra session a chance to match a first-possession touchdown. It wasn’t passed. It still needs to be, as evidenced by Sunday’s first-possession, walk-off touchdown from the Vikings in New Orleans. [more]

Seahawks-Eagles generates biggest TV audience since Super Bowl

The game ultimately wasn’t as exciting as it could have been, given the early exit of Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz with a concussion. Still, the wild-card game between Seattle and Philadelphia, broadcast by NBC, generated the largest audience of any TV show since Super Bowl LIII. Via Austin Karp of Sports Business Daily, an average [more]

Cowboys hire Mike Nolan as defensive coordinator

Mike McCarthy has made his first hire. Saints linebackers coach Mike Nolan will become the Cowboys new defensive coordinator, NFL Media reports. Nolan and McCarthy have a long relationship, with Nolan having hired McCarthy as the 49ers’ offensive coordinator in 2005. McCarthy became the Packers’ head coach the following season. Nolan’s 92-year-old mother and three [more]

Three of the four oldest quarterbacks in playoff history played this weekend

When Tom Brady took the field on Saturday against the Titans, he became just the second quarterback in NFL history to play a postseason game after turning 42. Brady was already the second-oldest quarterback to play in the playoffs, an accomplishment he reached last year. (Only George Blanda, who played quarterback for the Raiders in [more]

Kiko Alonso tore another ACL in Saints loss

Saints linebacker Kiko Alonso wasn’t able to finish yesterday’s loss to the Vikings, and he has a good idea of what’s ahead of him this offseason. According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Alonso suffered a torn ACL during the wild card loss. Alonso also missed the entire 2014 season with the same injury, and [more]

Saints mismanaged their timeouts, in costly fashion

The Vikings’ victory over the Saints on Sunday was aided in part by the Saints’ misuse of their timeouts, which forced the Saints to settle for field goals at the end of both halves when, with better clock management, they might have scored touchdowns. Late in the fourth quarter the Saints’ timeout usage was incredibly [more]

Four more spots in 2020 NFL Draft order filled in

The Patriots not being involved in the divisional round of the playoffs is unusual enough. Having them involved so early in next year’s annual selection meeting will be peculiar as well. With the results of the wild card weekend in the books, four more slots in the 2020 NFL Draft order have been filled in. [more]

Mike Zimmer: Speculation about his future was “silly”

By beating the Saints in New Orleans on Sunday, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer undoubtedly has secured his future in 2020, and beyond. Before Sunday, however, there was plenty of chatter that a loss against the Saints could be Zimmer’s last game as head coach of the Vikings. After the 26-20 overtime win, Zimmer addressed talk [more]

Vikings made all the right moves on defense

It was far from an ideal situation for the Vikings, playing shorthanded in the secondary, on the road, against the Saints. But as they did so often, they adjusted. From filling in with safety Andrew Sendejo at slot corner to cover for injuries to some new looks up front, the Vikings defense kept making moves [more]

Only one team made the final eight in 2018 and 2019

The NFL’s 12-team playoff field typically undergoes significant turnover. The final eight teams feature an almost complete overhaul from last year’s quarterfinalists. Seven of the eight teams that played in last year’s divisional round won’t be back: the Colts, Chargers, Patriots, Cowboys, Rams, Saints, and Eagles. The new seven are the Titans, Texans, Ravens, Vikings, [more]

Drew Brees declines to comment on his future

Two years ago, Saints quarterback Drew Brees became a free agent after a playoff loss to the Vikings. There was never a question regarding whether he’d return to New Orleans. Now, Brees will become a free agent after a playoff loss to the Vikings. Ten days short of his 41st birthday, his future is firmly [more]

Kirk Cousins: I just do my part, it was a team win

Kirk Cousins broke out one of the classics after Sunday’s overtime win over the Saints. Cousins broke the team down in the locker room by yelling “You like that” in reference to his reaction to a big win with Washington in 2015, but this wasn’t anywhere Cousins has been before. Cousins had never won a [more]

Al Riveron on last play in New Orleans: “None of the contact rises to the level of a foul”

The last play of Sunday’s Vikings-Saints game resulted in a touchdown, along with a real question as to whether Minnesota tight end Kyle Rudolph pushed off before making the catch. After overtime ended, NFL senior V.P. of officiating Al Riveron answered questions from Larry Holder of TheAthletic.com regarding the decision to not overturn the ruling [more]

Under preseason replay standard, Kyle Rudolph touchdown likely would have been wiped out

The Vikings’ unlikely win over the Saints was delayed by a full-blown replay review of the game-winning touchdown catch by veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph. NFL senior V.P. of officiating Al Riveron upheld the ruling on the field of no offensive pass interference. That’s consistent with the standard that Riveron has used for most of [more]

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