Update: Kirkwood, Watson inactive for Saints

Sports 01/20/19, 14:20

The Latest on the conference championship games (all times EST):2:15 p.m.There are no surprises among the Los Angeles Rams' and New Orleans Saints' inactive lists for the NFC championship game.Both teams came in largely healthy and most of those not in uniform are healthy reserves.The Saints already had ruled out ...

Super Bowl berths on the line in conference title games

Football 01/20/19, 13:59

The Los Angeles Rams are back inside the stadium where they lost for the first time this season, looking for retribution and a Super Bowl berth as they face the New Orleans Saints in the NFC championship game.The Superdome is coming alive for the last time this football season as ...

Aqib Talib is cornerstone of Rams’ efforts to rein in Saints

Football 01/19/19, 17:29

The Los Angeles Rams realize they're heading into one of the NFL's most intimidating environments when they visit the top-seeded New Orleans Saints in the deafening Superdome for the NFC championship game.Leave it to Aqib Talib, their voluble veteran cornerback, to remind his teammates about the upside of the New ...

Column: Gleason comes along for the Saints’ playoff ride

Football 01/18/19, 17:51

He's the New Orleans Saints' biggest fan, not to mention the perfect beacon for a city that knows a thing or two about emerging from darkness.As the Big Easy goes for another NFL championship, Steve Gleason is along for the ride.Sure, his body failed him, perhaps because of the game ...

Saints-Rams NFC title game a clash of like-minded coaches

Football 01/18/19, 16:40

One way or another, the NFC Championship between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints will be won by a coach named Sean — with an Irish surname — who designs and calls plays for one of the most innovative and productive offenses in the NFL.The ties between the ...

Rams thin on playoff experience, hungry for Super Bowl run

Football 01/17/19, 20:38

Ndamukong Suh earned multiple All-Pro honors, Pro Bowl selections and tens of millions of dollars during his first eight NFL seasons.The imposing defensive lineman had never won a playoff game, let alone a Super Bowl. When he was free to choose his next team after the Dolphins released him last ...

Rams-Saints Matchups

Football 01/17/19, 16:46

The gumbo the New Orleans Saints are cooking up is flavored with lots of passes from Drew Brees to Michael Thomas, plenty of runs by Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, and enough dashes of defense to negate the high-powered offense of the Los Angeles Rams.Will that be the proper recipe?Here's ...

Soup’s off: Peters, Payton downplay gumbo beef in big game

Football 01/16/19, 20:55

Marcus Peters stood at a podium Wednesday and spoke about his respect for Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints. He insisted his feisty comments about the coach two months ago had been misinterpreted and blown out of proportion by controversy-hungry fans and media.And then his coach popped up in ...

Pederson reiterates Wentz is Philly’s No. 1 QB

Football 01/15/19, 18:16

Eagles coach Doug Pederson reiterated Tuesday that Carson Wentz will be the team's starting quarterback in 2019.Wentz missed the final three games of the regular season and two playoff games because of a back injury. Nick Foles led Philadelphia to four straight wins and was 27 yards away from taking ...

Gurley, Anderson form dynamic rushing tandem for Rams

Football 01/14/19, 20:06

Todd Gurley never had a true running partner during his first four regular seasons with the Los Angeles Rams.The superstar running back took most of the carries and grinded out most of the tough yards while his backups played only sparingly.When he suited up with C.J. Anderson for the first ...

Risk-taking Saints advance to host Rams for NFC title

Football 01/14/19, 03:10

Coach Sean Payton the New Orleans Saints are anything but risk averse.After all, Payton's Saints won a Super Bowl with the help of a surprise onside kick nine years ago, and now New Orleans is one home victory away from its first Super Bowl since then — thanks to a ...

Patriots-Chiefs, Saints-Rams in conference championships

Football 01/13/19, 20:56

Tom Brady versus Patrick Mahomes. Drew Brees against Jared Goff.Two high-profile rematches with the Super Bowl on the line.The NFL's highest-scoring offenses face off in the conference championships next Sunday. Brady leads the New England Patriots into Kansas City to take on Mahomes and the Chiefs, and Brees and the ...

Saints rally past Eagles 20-14, will host NFC title game

Football 01/13/19, 19:49

The New Orleans Saints got two touchdown passes from Drew Brees, two interceptions by Marcus Lattimore, and rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 20-14 Sunday to advance to the NFC championship game.Using a dominant ball-control offense after a horrendous start, Brees took the Saints (14-3) on ...

Reigning Super Bowl champion Eagles aren’t done yet

Football 01/07/19, 18:49

When the Philadelphia Eagles gather around their coach in the locker room after each win, Doug Pederson yells: "We're not done yet."The defending Super Bowl champions were written off after a 48-7 loss to the New Orleans Saints dropped their record to 4-6 in November.They responded with two wins before ...

Saints’ Brees awed teammates again with completion rate

Football 01/03/19, 18:57

It's one thing to throw passes as accurately as any quarterback ever has, which the New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees arguably does.His pinpoint control was even documented in a "Sport Science" episode in which Brees' ability to hit a target compared favorably to that of an Olympic archer.Yet Brees attributes ...

Saints enter playoffs thankful for their health

Football 01/02/19, 20:04

Injuries prevented defensive end Alex Okafor, middle linebacker Alex Anzalone and nickel back P.J. Williams from participating in the playoffs when the New Orleans Saints nearly advanced to the NFC title game last season.The fact that all three have played virtually the entire 2018 season only begins to tell the ...

Saints, Rams, Bears finish as top 3 in Pro32 poll

Football 01/02/19, 15:55

The chase to Atlanta is on.The regular season is over and there are 12 teams remaining in the run to the Super Bowl.And at the top of the AP Pro32 poll, the new year starts right where the previous one ended.The New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams and Chicago Bears, ...

Lost in the shuffle? 7 new playoff teams since 2017

Sports 12/31/18, 02:33

While the Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams were mesmerizing pro football fans with their outlandish offensive onslaughts, something else might have gone unnoticed.More teams that failed to make the playoffs in 2017 are in this season than there are repeaters.Yep, seven of the 12 qualifiers ...

Saints’ Rankins has spun, shimmied way to a breakout season

Football 12/27/18, 02:49

New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins has become increasingly known for two moves this season: his spin and his shimmy.The spin, executed with a nimble quickness not entirely typical of 305-pound linemen, has helped Rankins disrupt quarterbacks the way the Saints hoped he would when they made him their ...

Saints narrowly upend Steelers and take top NFC seed

Football 12/23/18, 20:06

Drew Brees capped a 326-yard passing performance with 2-yard touchdown to Michael Thomas with 1:25 left, and the New Orleans Saints clinched the top seed in the NFC playoffs with a 31-28 victory over Pittsburgh that dealt a significant blow to the Steelers' playoff hopes.Alvin Kamara gained 105 yards from ...

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