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The 2013 Saints are a story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Suck. This is NOT a championship caliber team. Even Coach Payton seemed resigned to that fact when describing his frustration with yet another embarrassing road loss during his postgame press conference. I've never seen him look so disheartened after a loss. It was like he was just coming to accept that his team has some major problems that maybe he was unwilling to acknowledge before. This offensive line is a mess and special teams play is abysmal. Payton's clock management is also questionable. It's baffling that they did not immediately go into a hurry-up mode offense at the end of the third quarter and into the fourth quarter when down by three scores. W!T!F!!!

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Sean Payton: &quot;Today&#39;s game was unacceptable and it&#39;s on me&quot; (VIDEO) <a href="http://t.co/6egee9igCd">http://t.co/6egee9igCd</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NOvsSTL&amp;src=hash">#NOvsSTL</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/412403979998355457">December 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Charles Brown actually blocked something today.... the reporters after the game!</p>&mdash; Jason Bernos (@Berns247) <a href="https://twitter.com/Berns247/statuses/412393260460421120">December 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>It&#39;s pretty simple for Saints. Win at Carolina and the division and 2 seed are ours. Lose and it&#39;s probably a wild card</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/statuses/412413274374668288">December 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>If <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> win next week, they lock up 2 seed. If they lose, they need win and Carolina loss in Week 17.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/412412784505155584">December 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a>&#39; Brees says hand is fine <a href="http://t.co/7NUdPWQveB">http://t.co/7NUdPWQveB</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/412407829845131264">December 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Panthers&amp;src=hash">#Panthers</a> should thank the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> for their chance to be the NFC South champions. <a href="http://t.co/csvXlPCCHh">http://t.co/csvXlPCCHh</a> <a href="http://t.co/2RZjfz73ug">pic.twitter.com/2RZjfz73ug</a></p>&mdash; Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) <a href="https://twitter.com/YahooSports/statuses/412403373288472576">December 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> QB Drew Brees had ice pack on right hand meeting with media. He said he was fine when asked. Happened early in game.</p>&mdash; Kristian Garic (@KristianGaric1) <a href="https://twitter.com/KristianGaric1/statuses/412398220069720064">December 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Line of the day from, who else, Chris Long on Rob Ryan: &quot;He was our coach for like maybe 12 hours on, like, the internet.&quot;</p>&mdash; Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) <a href="https://twitter.com/nwagoner/statuses/412400631270223872">December 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Brees now 2-4 vs STL in career with 2 INT&#39;s thrown in every game <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a></p>&mdash; Kristian Garic (@KristianGaric1) <a href="https://twitter.com/KristianGaric1/statuses/412397731714314240">December 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Charles Brown declined to comment to various reporters today after the game.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/412392435826712576">December 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bad bad and more bad ball today. Gotta man up fellows and take responsibility. Crazy part is you are still in position to secure a bye</p>&mdash; deuce mcallister (@dmcallister26) <a href="https://twitter.com/dmcallister26/statuses/412389715195621376">December 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Charles Brown turned down my request for an interview. Zach Strief said team has to rally around him.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/412389292409749504">December 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Sean Payton: That was pretty ugly. How we played today was unacceptable, and its on me.</p>&mdash; Doug Mouton (@DMoutonWWL) <a href="https://twitter.com/DMoutonWWL/statuses/412383276771205120">December 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Sean Payton: We&#39;re still trying to find out a little bit about our leadership.</p>&mdash; Doug Mouton (@DMoutonWWL) <a href="https://twitter.com/DMoutonWWL/statuses/412383889378668544">December 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> Payton admittedly as frustrated by a loss as he&#39;s been in a long time. Said because of where they&#39;re at, time of year ...</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/412384390887395328">December 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton said now isn&#39;t the time to talk about a possible permanent move with Charles Brown.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/412384325426872320">December 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Sean Payton is really telling it like it is in this presser. Have to give him credit. &quot;Tape won&#39;t be pretty. It will be revealing.&quot;</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/412384039769632768">December 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton: &quot;we did all the things a team does to keep itself from winning today&quot; <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NOvsSTL&amp;src=hash">#NOvsSTL</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/412384026263961600">December 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> Payton: That was ugly ... Unacceptable. ... Said hard to disagree with what&#39;s been written about home vs road performance</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/412383375194746880">December 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I need something to numb this pain !!!!</p>&mdash; MikeMcKenzie34ways (@MikeMcKenzie34w) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeMcKenzie34w/statuses/412383260887355392">December 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Nothing like the Cowboys choking to ease the pain of a Saints loss.</p>&mdash; Scott Walker (@ScottWalker6) <a href="https://twitter.com/ScottWalker6/statuses/412382918934147074">December 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Thank you, Garrett Hartley, for officially putting me out of my misery. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23patheticgame&amp;src=hash">#patheticgame</a></p>&mdash; Nola Chick (@chicksndahuddle) <a href="https://twitter.com/chicksndahuddle/statuses/412378248232726530">December 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Garrett Hartley is toast. Sorry, man. Crowd files out except for me. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23gettingMyMoneysWorth&amp;src=hash">#gettingMyMoneysWorth</a></p>&mdash; stujo 4 (@stujo4) <a href="https://twitter.com/stujo4/statuses/412378023350923264">December 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Saints Lose Ugly on the Road....Again!

Saints road woes continue in 27-16 loss to the Rams | wwltv.com New Orleans
The Saints entered Sunday’s game at the Edward Jones Dome promising they had learned their lesson from an embarrassing loss to the Rams two years earlier.

Saints bench LT Charles Brown after rough outing | wwltv.com New Orleans
Starting left tackle Charles Brown was benched in the third quarter Sunday of New Orleans’ 27-16 loss to St. Louis after giving up a number of sacks, pressures and penalties in trying to defend against the Rams’ Robert Quinn.

Saints hand out reason to question just who they are now | wwltv.com New Orleans
Midway through the third quarter Sunday and with the Saints backed up at their own 3-yard line, the musical director at the Edward Jones Dome queued up AC/DC’s "Thunderstruck."

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees says hand is fine - ESPN
ST. LOUIS -- New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees had his right throwing hand wrapped in ice as he addressed the media following the Saints' 27-1

Rapid Reaction: New Orleans Saints - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
ST. LOUIS -- A few thoughts on the New Orleans Saints' 27-16 loss to the St. Louis Rams, which moved them to 10-4 on the season. What it means: Yike

New Orleans Saints have no answer for St. Louis' Zac Stacy, punishing ground game | NOLA.com
Rookie runs through Saints' defense for 100-yard game

Saints Nation: Saints Implode in St. Louis, Lose 27-16 | December | 2013 Articles

St. Louis Rams knock off Saints 27-16
New Orleans 10-4 after loss at Edward Jones Dome

New Orleans Saints vs St. Louis Rams: Notebook
With tonight's loss, the Saints fall to 10-4

New Orleans Saints' road woes continue in stunning 27-16 loss to St. Louis Rams | NOLA.com
Saints turn the ball over three times, miss two field goals against the Rams

New Orleans Saints dig early hole they can't overcome: Jeff Duncan's Four-point Stance | NOLA.com
Loss to Rams was ugly from the beginning

New Orleans Saints fail miserably on road test at St. Louis Rams: grades | NOLA.com
Saints get low marks all around

Sean Payton 'saw enough' before benching New Orleans Saints' struggling left tackle Charles Brown: notebook | NOLA.com
Payton benched Brown in second half

Tackling, penalties hurt New Orleans Saints vs. St. Louis Rams: Did You See? | NOLA.com
Saints defense has issues with flags, stopping the run

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Rams Rejoice in their Domination of the Saints

Rams score huge upset win over Saints : Sports
Coming into the game at 5-8, the Rams roll to a 24-3 halftime lead against an elite team and win 27-16 before a crowd of 58,442 at the Dome.

The Quick 5: Rams March On The Saints 27-16 - Turf Show Times
In a reprise of the last time these two teams faced off in 2011, the Rams and Kellen Clemens sent the Saints packing back to the Big Easy. Though New Orleans made a strong push toward the end of...

Rams 27, Saints 16. That Happened. - Turf Show Times
Football is a thing.

Defensive end Quinn leads charge as Rams exact revenge on Ryan | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
ST. LOUIS — St. Louis defensive end Robert Quinn calmly bit his tongue several times during the week leading up to Sunday’s game against Ne…

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Transcripts

Coach Payton discusses tonight's loss to the St. Louis Rams
Quotes from Sean Payton's postgame press conference

New Orleans Saints players postgame quotes
Players' reaction to tonight's loss

St. Louis Rams react to their win over the New Orleans Saints
Postgame quotes from St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher and players

What the St. Louis Rams had to say after beating the New Orleans Saints | NOLA.com
What the Rams said about their victory

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Video

VIDEO: Sean Payton: "Today's game was unacceptable"
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton speaks with reporters after the team's game against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, December 15, 2013 (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO:Drew Brees: that was a tough one to take
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees speaks with reporters after the team's game against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, December 15, 2013 (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Jimmy Graham: "Turnovers hurt us"
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham speaks with reporters after the team's game against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, December 15, 2013 - New Orleans Saints video

VIDEO: Week 15: New Orleans Saints vs St. Louis Rams highlights
Highlights from the Saints 27-16 loss to the St. Louis Rams.

VIDEO: Rams postgame press conference - NFL Videos
Rams react following game with Saints

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NFC South Championship Game Next Week?

Panthers primed for showdown | CharlotteObserver.com
The Carolina Panthers couldn’t help it. They kept watching the scoreboard Sunday to take a peek at the out-of-town games.