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Saints News, 12/21/15: Saints Officially Eliminated from 2015 Playoffs

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From Katherine Terrell at NOLA.com: The Saints had a very slim chance of making the playoffs if they won out and had a series of events fall into their favor during the next few weeks. To even stay in the hunt, they needed either the Vikings or Seahawks to lose on Sunday. However, the Vikings hurt that hope early on by easily defeating the Bears, 38-17. The Seahawks, playing the late game, sealed the deal with an 30-13 win against the Browns.

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New Orleans Saints officially eliminated from 2015 playoffs | NOLA.com
Saints needed Vikings and Seahawks to lose to stay in playoff contention

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NFL Network suggests Robert Griffin III to the Saints in 2016?
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Get used to it.

John DeShazier: Key ingredients to a Saints victory over the Lions
Blocking Ziggy Ansah is going to be critical

Saints, Lions insist Monday night clash is important to them
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Young Saints Show Some "Fight" Despite Disappointment
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Saints find 'new defensive coordinator' on children's hospital visit - New Orleans Saints Blog- ESPN
Jarrius Robertson, a patient at Ochsner Hospital For Children, had some advice for the Saints' players on a recent visit.

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Forecast: 4 positive signs from the Saints in 2015
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The 6-foot Brees has been one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL for much of his 15-year career.

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New postseason officiating procedures won’t be adopted for the 2016 regular season | ProFootballTalk
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League office believes Beckham should have been ejected | ProFootballTalk
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Manning changes course, calls NFLN report "insulting" (and more) | ProFootballTalk
Before Sunday's game at Pittsburgh, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning declined comment to Carolyn Manno of NBC on the NFL Network report regarding his lack of willingness to be a backup. After the game, Manning reversed course. Here's the quote from Jeff Legwold of ESPN.

Chargers win, in what may be their last game in San Diego | ProFootballTalk
If today was the Chargers' last game in San Diego, they've gone out winners. The Chargers, who play on the road the next two weeks before an offseason in which they could move to Los Angeles, defeated the Dolphins today, 30-14.