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Saints News, 1/26/15: Saints Come Up Big In Pro Bowl, With Assist From Falcons

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From Mike Triplett: The New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons aren’t exactly “besties.” But when Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan needed a touchdown late in Sunday night’s Pro Bowl, he didn’t let the NFC South’s oldest rivalry get in his way. On fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Ryan went with an option he’s seen work plenty of times from the other sideline. He fired a pass into Saints tight end Jimmy Graham’s breadbasket -- despite Graham having Arizona Cardinals cornerback Antonio Cromartie draped all over him. It turned out to be the game-winning score for Team Irvin in a 32-28 victory over Team Carter.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Well played NFL/media/Pats/whoever...&#10;While many are tired of the chatter, I&#39;d say it&#39;s actually made the game much more interesting.</p>&mdash; Scott Fujita (@sfujita55) <a href="https://twitter.com/sfujita55/status/559597888183877632">January 26, 2015</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Last wk I cared very little about this SB. Just hoped to watch a good game &amp; see everyone stay healthy. But now I hope Pats beat their ass.</p>&mdash; Scott Fujita (@sfujita55) <a href="https://twitter.com/sfujita55/status/559598662490157056">January 26, 2015</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>When deciding <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> MVP this year Lewis, Lofton were both on my short list. No one was perfect on D, but they were undoubtedly pluses.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/559592637163114496">January 26, 2015</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Where I do agree with PFF list is <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> didn&#39;t have enough guys play at &quot;elite&quot; level. Esp. way roster is structured, they rely on that.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/559592990180933633">January 26, 2015</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Took care of a bunch of our <a href="https://twitter.com/jimmyjohns">@JimmyJohns</a> employees at the Pelicans/Mavs game tonight! <a href="http://t.co/JTwXT9c0rZ">pic.twitter.com/JTwXT9c0rZ</a></p>&mdash; Drew Brees (@drewbrees) <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees/status/559590543622025216">January 26, 2015</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Included in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> roster breakdown -- where I agree and disagree with PFF&#39;s 2014 grades: <a href="http://t.co/Ge6BKe0TjS">http://t.co/Ge6BKe0TjS</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/559569337854345216">January 26, 2015</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Here&#39;s your MVP. Watt.&#10;He wins this prize (the car not the girls). <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ProBowl?src=hash">#ProBowl</a> <a href="http://t.co/aqRR9SQwAX">pic.twitter.com/aqRR9SQwAX</a></p>&mdash; Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) <a href="https://twitter.com/Eric_Edholm/status/559568553368502273">January 26, 2015</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Detailed look at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> roster and how far away they were from Super Bowl in 2014, from <a href="https://twitter.com/PFF">@PFF</a> and ESPN&#39;s NFL Nation: <a href="http://t.co/Ge6BKe0TjS">http://t.co/Ge6BKe0TjS</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/559569211203153922">January 26, 2015</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Unless something changes here the game winning score in the Pro Bowl is Matt Ryan&#39;s touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/status/559566307163504640">January 26, 2015</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>ESPN really needs to re-evaluate what football news is worthy of a notification alert. <a href="http://t.co/c3KAGBvNTl">pic.twitter.com/c3KAGBvNTl</a></p>&mdash; Canal St. Chronicles (@SaintsCSC) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsCSC/status/559557568779935745">January 26, 2015</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Check me out yall! Me and <a href="https://twitter.com/OBJ_3">@OBJ_3</a> bout to go on the field. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ProBowl?src=hash">#ProBowl</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TeamIrvin?src=hash">#TeamIrvin</a> <a href="http://t.co/WVxZpHf20Q">pic.twitter.com/WVxZpHf20Q</a></p>&mdash; Mark Ingram (@MarkIngram22) <a href="https://twitter.com/MarkIngram22/status/559547852515319808">January 26, 2015</a></blockquote>
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