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Fleur-de-Links, January 14: Saints voodoo stronger than Foles magic

With their 20-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, the New Orleans Saints are headed to their 3rd NFC Championship game.

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Saints News:

‘That was a long-ass drive’: 18 plays, 92 yards, 11-plus minutes … and 1 NFC championship berth – The Athletic
The amazing touchdown drive helped the Saints reach the NFC title game for the third time.

Eagles vs. Saints final score, takeaways: Saints overcome early deficit, withstand Nick Foles' final charge -
The Saints will host the Rams in the NFC title game after a thrilling 20-14 win over the Eagles

Sorting the Playoff Pile: Patriots dynasty not dead, Saints survive and more from the divisional round -
Takeaways from the divisional round and the upcoming conference championship matchups

Across the Shield: Lattimore and Thomas Steal Show As Saints Advance | Eleven Warriors
Marshon Lattimore and Michael Thomas each had huge games as the New Orleans Saints advanced to the conference championship game.

The Saints' Forever Drive Was Unstoppable
“That was a long-ass drive,” Saints guard Larry Warford said of the relentless march down the field that took up nearly the entire third quarter and gave New Orleans its first lead, the only one it would need in a 20-14 win over the Eagles. And my goodness, yes it was.

Saints kicker Wil Lutz ‘caught a little bit of the ground’ on missed 52-yard field goal |
'Fortunately, the defense picked up on that one,' he says.

Saints favored to win against Rams, reach Super Bowl |
Saints' betting line is the narrowest since Rams came to Dome in Week 9.

Mark Ingram sets New Orleans Saints’ record in NFL playoff victory |
The former Alabama All-American is the leading rusher in the NFL franchise's playoff history.

Nick Foles’ legacy is intact, but loss to the Saints shows why he won’t be back with the Eagles | Jeff McLane
“No matter what happens,” Foles said on Sunday, “it’s been a joy.”

Saints impose will on 18-play 'championship drive' -
Down four, the Saints put together an 18-play, 92-yard masterpiece that consumed 11:29 off the clock to produce the game-winning touchdown in a 20-14 win over the Eagles in the NFC Divisional Round.

NFL News:

What We Learned in the N.F.L.’s Divisional Round - The New York Times
From the Chiefs’ running game to the Saints’ versatility at quarterback, there was plenty to note as four teams advanced to the conference championships.

2019 NFL Mock Draft: Eagles add first round running back - Bleeding Green Nation
How do you feel about this pick?

2019 NFL Draft prospect profile: Tyler Jones, OL, NC State - Big Blue View
Is NC State’s underrated tackle a potential late-round sleeper?

Tom Brady And Referee Hug Before NFL Playoff Game And Twitter Jeers | HuffPost
Some fans didn't embrace the encounter between the ref and the Patriots star quarterback, long accused of receiving preferential treatment.

NFL playoffs: Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles faces uncertain future
Nick Foles might have played his last game with the Eagles on Sunday, as his

NFL playoffs 2019: 32 things we learned in divisional round
All the top seeds moved on, and both the AFC and NFC Championship Games will be rematches pitting highly powered offenses against one another.

NFL’s Final Four: Two Generational Showdowns - WSJ
Patrick Mahomes, Jared Goff, Tom Brady and Drew Brees lead the league’s best offenses and will battle as a new era of quarterback takes on the old

2019 NFL Playoffs Odds: Patriots surprising underdogs to Chiefs, Vegas expects Rams-Saints shootout -
New England is an underdog for just the seventh time in the postseason under Bill Belichick

NFL rumors: Patriots' Rob Gronkowski to "strongly consider retirement" after playoffs
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski could be playing in his final NFL game Sunday when the Pats host the Los Angeles Chargers in the AFC Divisional Round at Gillette Stadium.

NFL Playoffs: Patriots' X-factor Sony Michel stars vs. Chargers |
Rookie running back Sony Michel earned podium time on Sunday, and his development has the Patriots looking dangerous in the playoffs.

Alshon Jeffery on drop: 'One play don't define me' -
Nick Foles was driving the Philadelphia Eagles into scoring range down just six points to the New Orleans Saints ahead of the two-minute warning. Then, zap. The magic was gone.

Adam Vinatieri has no plans to retire if Colts want him -
Adam Vinatieri might've had the worst game of his future Hall of Fame career in Saturday's loss to the Chiefs, but he has no plans to hang up his kicking boot.

Antonio Gates wants to return to Chargers for 2019 -
Veteran tight end Antonio Gates says he doesn't see himself walking away from football after the Los Angeles Chargers' blowout loss to the New England Patriots in the Divisional Round.

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