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Fleur-de-Links, December 9: Tough loss shows Saints still haven’t played a complete game

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Tough loss shows Saints still haven’t played a complete game

NFL: San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Saints:

2019 NFL Playoff Picture: 49ers, Rams shake up NFC playoff race with wins over Saints, Seahawks - CBSSports.com
The NFC playoff picture is looking wild with the Rams and 49ers winning on Sunday

The Saints response to the 49ers loss needs to be loud and clear
The Saints dropped a close one to the 49ers, losing the NFC's top spot in the process. All that matters now is how the team responds.

Forecast: Sean Payton's gameplan torched the 49ers' best defense in decades | wwltv.com
The Saints have never scored so many points and lost. Before Sunday they were 16-0 when scoring at least 46 points.

MMQB: 49ers sitting pretty in NFC playoff race after beating Saints - Sports Illustrated
After winning with defense and a punishing ground game early in the season, the 49ers got a virtuoso performance from Jimmy Garoppolo on a day when they needed it.

After Further Review: Five takes from Saints loss to 49ers
Sean Fazende gives his five takes from Saints loss to 49ers

Transcript: San Francisco 49ers Postgame Quotes | Saints-49ers 2019 Week 14
He did a great job on me all day. It was really fun to go against him. We had some good battles and I got him at the end.”

Transcript: New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees Postgame Quotes | Saints-49ers 2019 Week 14
Get postgame reactions from New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees

The ghosts of Saints’ past defenses were resurrected vs. 49ers in ‘Voodoo Dome’ – The Athletic
The Saints gave up seven plays of 25 or more yards to the 49ers. Is this a blip or a trend?

NFL:

The Winners and Losers of NFL Week 14 - The Ringer
The Saints and 49ers may have just played the game of the year, which definitely featured the play of the year. Plus, Ryan Tannehill is warping our reality and the Pats let the refs decide a game.

NFL playoff picture: How the Chiefs can clinch a bye week - Arrowhead Pride
Now that the Patriots are in the rear-view mirror, the Chiefs are in the postseason — and still have a realistic shot at a bye

NFL rumors: Browns’ Odell Beckham addresses rumors he wants out of Cleveland as Baker Mayfield pours gasoline on fire - nj.com
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is caught in controversy (again) as the season unwinds. His quarterback Baker Mayfield did not help matters following Sunday's 27-19 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Week 14 NFL overreactions - The Super Bowl LIV chase is wide open, Broncos found their QB
Several teams have a legitimate shot at winning a title. The Broncos finally have their quarterback. It's time to overreact to Week 14.

NFL playoff picture 2019: Standings, seeds, draft order after Week 14 - Sports Illustrated
The 49ers hang onto the No. 1 spot in the NFC after what was possibly the the best game of the season against the Saints. Also, a look at the remaining schedules for the teams in contention, the top-10 NFL draft order and more.

NFL stats and records, Week 14: 49ers-Saints sets new mark - NFL.com
The 49ers and Saints put up 94 combined points, Drew Lock set records in his first road start and Lamar Jackson became just the second quarterback in NFL history to rush for at least 1,000 yards in a single season.

Ravens not celebrating 'expected' playoff berth - NFL.com
The Baltimore Ravens clinched a playoff spot with Sunday's road victory over the Buffalo Bills, but they aren't celebrating something they expected to do all along.

Jets, Dolphins combine for NFL-record 10 made FGs - NFL.com
On a nondescript autumn afternoon in the Meadowlands, the woebegone Miami Dolphins and New York Jets made history. The AFC East rivals combined for 10 field goals made, a new single-game NFL record.

Daniel Jones (ankle) expected to miss 2-4 weeks - NFL.com
With Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (ankle) expected to miss the next 2-4 weeks, veteran Eli Manning will get at least one more start in New York before deciding on his future.

NFL Playoff Index: Projected seedings and matchups after a wild Week 14 – The Athletic
For the final four weeks of the season, we're changing our Panic Index to a Playoff Index.

Why NFL players are wearing custom cleats in Week 14 | Sporting News
NFL players are wearing custom cleats this week as part of the league's My Cause, My Cleats campaign. Here is all you need to know about the program.

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