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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates a touchdown carry by Alvin Kamara in the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Payton: Saints identifying ways to shore up 13-win squad

Jan. 7, 2020 8:24 PM EST

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton and players who've been in New Orleans the past few years have endured a cruel kind of three-peat. Three straight seasons have ended with playoff loses in which the decisive points were scored on the final play. The latest loss Sunday came in overtime against...

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2019, file photo, Baylor head coach Matt Rhule stands on the field prior to an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma in Waco, Texas. A person familiar with the situation says the Carolina Panthers are completing a contract to hire Baylor's Matt Rhule as their coach. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, on condition of anonymity because the deal is not done. The Panthers have not spoken publicly about the coaching search.  (AP Photo/Ray Carlin, File)

Baylor's Matt Rhule agrees to become Panthers' next coach

Jan. 7, 2020 7:46 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — David Tepper is entrusting Baylor’s Matt Rhule to lead the Carolina Panthers out of what he views as a cycle of “long-term mediocrity.” The Panthers owner hired the 44-year-old Rhule on Tuesday to become the team's next head coach. He replaces Ron Rivera, who was...

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) pulls in the game winning touchdown pass over New Orleans Saints cornerback P.J. Williams (26) during overtime of an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in New Orleans. The Vikings won 26-20. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

Cousins, Vikings upend Saints 26-20 in OT in NFC playoffs

Jan. 5, 2020 7:22 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — After tight end Kyle Rudolph emerged from a purple swarm of celebrating Vikings near the corner of the end zone, he took an opportunity to mock those who doubted quarterback Kirk Cousins' ability to come through in the clutch. “I'm just glad Kirk can't win big games, apparently,"...

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2018, file photo, New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead (6) injures his ribs on a touchdown saving tackle of Minnesota Vikings cornerback Marcus Sherels (35) during the first half of an NFC divisional playoff NFL football game in Minneapolis, Minn. Morstead is one of just two current Saints players who played in the NFC title game against the Vikings in January 2010. The other is quarterback Drew Brees. (Matthew Hinton/The Advocate via AP, File)

Saints recall tension, tears in Vikings' last playoff visit

Jan. 4, 2020 1:55 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ten years ago, when the Minnesota Vikings last visited New Orleans in the playoffs, Saints punter Thomas Morstead wasn't prepared for what he saw. “I remember after the game was over, I didn’t expect it to be as emotional as it was. I found my family and everybody was in...

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady passes against the Buffalo Bills in the first half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Titans-Patriots get prime-time spotlight for wild-card games

Jan. 3, 2020 5:19 PM EST

The Patriots have been compared to a sporting dynasty and to Palpatine's Evil Empire. Regardless of which is true, there's no denying that New England enters these playoffs more vulnerable than in quite a few years. One thing we've learned since Tom Brady went from 199th draft pick to dominant NFL figure is not...

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Rams' Nickell Robey-Coleman breaks up a pass intended for New Orleans Saints' Tommylee Lewis during the second half of the NFL football NFC championship game in New Orleans. From the moment two officials watched a Los Angeles Rams defender slam into a New Orleans receiver well before the ball arrived and failed to throw a flag for pass interference that was obvious to tens of millions of fans watching at home, officiating and replay became a constant theme in 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Replay dominated sports in 2019, and expect more this year

Jan. 1, 2020 1:09 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — From the moment two officials failed to throw a flag for obvious pass interference on a play that helped decide the NFC championship — stunning the players, coaches and millions of fans — officiating and replay became a constant theme in 2019. No matter the sport, fans...

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) lines for a play against the Carolina Panthers during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

Saints eager to tackle tougher road to Super Bowl

Dec. 30, 2019 7:18 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For the second time since 2011, a Saints team coached by Sean Payton and quarterbacked by Drew Brees has finished a regular season 13-3, only to learn that was not good enough to secure a top-two playoff seed in the NFC and a first-round bye. In both cases, remarkably, New Orleans was...

New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Malcom Brown (90) and defensive tackle David Onyemata (93) celebrate Brown's fumble recovery against the Carolina Panthers during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

Saints finish 13-3 but miss out on first-round bye

Dec. 29, 2019 11:39 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — 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...

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. The Saints won 38-28. (AP Photo/James Kenney)

Going for it: Saints could clinch 1st-round bye

Dec. 28, 2019 6:04 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Don't tell Sean Payton the Saints' chances of earning a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs are a long shot. New Orleans' 13th-year coach said his team if preparing to go all out Sunday to beat the Carolina Panthers in the regular-season finale, knowing full well his team still needs...

Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn speaks to players during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Falcons' Quinn saved job with strong finish, players'support

Dec. 28, 2019 2:20 AM EST

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Dan Quinn can't wait for the chance to prove he has learned from mistakes made in 2019. Support from a patient Atlanta Falcons owner, Arthur Blank, and Quinn's players helped to make that second chance possible. Blank believes so strongly that the path to consistent winning is...