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Chicago 9 @ New Orleans 21 Final - CBS - NFC Wild Card | SAINTS WIN!!! Next: #5 TB (12-5) @ #2 NO (13-4) Sunday @ 5:40 PM
Scoring Plays:
1Q - NO - Drew Brees to Michael Thomas 11 yd TD pass (PAT Good) | CHI 0, NO 7
End of Quarter Score - Chicago Bears 0, New Orleans Saints 7
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2Q - CHI - Cairo Santos 36 yd FG GOOD | CHI 3, NO 7
End of Quarter Score - Chicago Bears 3, New Orleans Saints 7
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3Q - NO - Drew Brees to Latavius Murray 6 yd TD pass (PAT Good) | CHI 3, NO 14
End of Quarter Score - Chicago Bears 3, New Orleans Saints 14
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4Q - NO - Alvin Kamara 3 yd TD rush (PAT Good) | CHI 3, NO 21
4Q - CHI - Mitchell Trubisky to Jimmy Graham 19 yd TD pass (PAT Not Attempted) | CHI 9, NO 21
Final Score - Chicago Bears 9, New Orleans Saints 21
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Hello Who Dats & Who Datettes and welcome to the Saints Wild Card Game Thread

It is finally here... the 2nd season... the postseason... the climb to become Super Bowl Champion.

Of course, as the 2 seed, in past seasons the Saints would've been home this week waiting to see who would be coming to the Superdome for the Divisional Round. But it's the end of the 2020 season and the NFL needs more money, so the Saints must play this week.

And with that, the NFL deities have made this week's opponent a team the Saints have already prepared for once this season, the Chicago Bears.

The Bears team coming to New Orleans today, however, is not the same as the team we played in Chicago back in week 8. Nick Foles is out and Mitch Trubisky is in and the Bears team that was 5-2 before the Saints beat them in overtime on November 1st lost 6 of their final 9 games and backed into the postseason thanks to the Cardinals losing to the Rams last week as the Bears were losing to the Packers.

The Saints are trying to get over some recent playoff ills, having lost 3 out of their last 4 postseason games, including 2 straight at home. If there's one playoff record this team doesn't want, it's matching the infamous 3 straight home losses in the playoffs of the Mora years (1987-Vikings, 1992-Falcons, 1993-Eagles). One thing going for this team coming in is health with several key weapons returning either from the COVID list or injured reserve. Can a relatively healthy Saints team overwhelm a wounded Bears team that's limping into the playoffs?

As noted above, the last time these 2 teams met was in week 8 on November 1st. Both teams held double digit leads with the Bears taking an early 13-3 advantage while the Saints scored 20 straight to claim a 23-13 lead only for the Bears to tie it and force overtime, where the Saints won it on a Wil Lutz 35 yard field goal. Alvin Kamara had a day with 163 total yards on 21 touches and Drew Brees threw for 280 yards & 2 TDs in the win.

LET'S SEND THE BEARS INTO HIBERNATION AND CLINCH OUR RIGHTFUL SPOT IN THE DIVISIONAL ROUND!! Image: https://imgz-fandroppingsllc.netdna-ssl.com/Images/Icons/Saints_emot.gif
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Team Ranks: (Category: CHI | NO)
Offensive-
Yards Per Game: 26th (331.4) | 12th (376.4)
Rushing: 25th (102.9) | 6th (141.6)
Passing: 22nd (228.4) | 19th (234.9)
Scoring: 22nd (23.3) | 5th (30.1)

Defensive-
Yards Per Game: 11th (344.9) | 4th (310.9)
Rushing: 15th (113.4) | 4th (93.9)
Passing: 12th (231.6) | 5th (217.0)
Scoring: 14th (23.1) | 5th (21.1)

Injury Report: (Players only currently on the 53-man roster who have a game designation from the Friday injury report listed here)
CHI-
Buster Skrine (Concussion) OUT
Darnell Mooney (Ankle) OUT
Roquan Smith (Elbow) OUT
Jaylon Johnson (Shoulder) QUESTIONABLE
Josh Woods (Toe) QUESTIONABLE

NO- (Nick Easton was moved to injured reserve and will not appear here)
Trey Hendrickson (Neck) OUT

Weather: Just 3,000 screaming fans in the Superdome will be the only concern.

Uniforms: Playoffs in the Dome means it's time to be back in all black

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2020 Final Standings:
NFC South:
Saints 12-4
Buccaneers 11-5
Panthers 5-11
Falcons 4-12

NFC North:
Packers 13-3
Bears 8-8
Vikings 7-9
Lions 5-11

Betting Line: Saints (-10) O/U 47.5

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Today's Officials: (Playoffs use mixed "All-Star" crews of the highest graded officials at their positions. The name in parenthesis will be the head referee that official worked with during this season)
Referee: #55 Alex Kemp
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Umpire: #64 Dan Ferrell (Tony Corrente)
Down Judge: #8 Dana McKenzie (Alex Kemp)
Line Judge: #98 Greg Bradley (Alex Kemp)
Field Judge: #42 Nate Jones (Brad Rogers)
Side Judge: #107 Dave Hawkshaw (Craig Wrolstad)
Back Judge: #93 Scott Helverson (Clete Blakeman)
Replay Official: Mike Chase
Replay Assistant: Alton James
**Alternate Officials - (R-29) Adrian Hill, (U-131) Mark Pellis, (LJ-101) Carl Johnson, (SJ-86) Jimmy Buchanan, & (BJ-82) Jimmy Russell.**

Inactive Lists:
CHI-
WR Darnell Mooney
CB Buster Skrine
CB Jaylon Johnson
LB Roquan Smith
OL Lachavious Simmons
DL Daniel McCullers
LB Trevis Gipson

NO-
CB Ken Crawley
OL Derrick Kelly
WR Austin Carr
DE Trey Hendrickson
DL Malcolm Roach
RB Ty Montgomery
WR Juwan Johnson
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Chicago 9 @ New Orleans 21 Final - CBS - NFC Wild Card | SAINTS WIN!!! Next: #5 TB (12-5) @ #2 NO (13-4) Sunday @ 5:40 PM
Just got home from an elite wedding in Metairie because of the COVID police moved it from Nola. I’m ducking ready to ride! LETS GOOOOO!!!


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Chicago 9 @ New Orleans 21 Final - CBS - NFC Wild Card | SAINTS WIN!!! Next: #5 TB (12-5) @ #2 NO (13-4) Sunday @ 5:40 PM
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Just got home from an elite wedding in Metairi


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Chicago 9 @ New Orleans 21 Final - CBS - NFC Wild Card | SAINTS WIN!!! Next: #5 TB (12-5) @ #2 NO (13-4) Sunday @ 5:40 PM


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Chicago 9 @ New Orleans 21 Final - CBS - NFC Wild Card | SAINTS WIN!!! Next: #5 TB (12-5) @ #2 NO (13-4) Sunday @ 5:40 PM
Kay Adams still = wifey material even though I believe she's now someone else's wife


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Chicago 9 @ New Orleans 21 Final - CBS - NFC Wild Card | SAINTS WIN!!! Next: #5 TB (12-5) @ #2 NO (13-4) Sunday @ 5:40 PM
That formatting is

I LOVE THE SAINTS & I Wanna WIN!!!


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BigDawg0420
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Chicago 9 @ New Orleans 21 Final - CBS - NFC Wild Card | SAINTS WIN!!! Next: #5 TB (12-5) @ #2 NO (13-4) Sunday @ 5:40 PM
Here’s to another playoff choke job and Drew riding off to retirement a loser.


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Chicago 9 @ New Orleans 21 Final - CBS - NFC Wild Card | SAINTS WIN!!! Next: #5 TB (12-5) @ #2 NO (13-4) Sunday @ 5:40 PM
I hope you hit your shin against a coffee table today.


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Chicago 9 @ New Orleans 21 Final - CBS - NFC Wild Card | SAINTS WIN!!! Next: #5 TB (12-5) @ #2 NO (13-4) Sunday @ 5:40 PM
Go play in traffic


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Chicago 9 @ New Orleans 21 Final - CBS - NFC Wild Card | SAINTS WIN!!! Next: #5 TB (12-5) @ #2 NO (13-4) Sunday @ 5:40 PM
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The Bears team coming to New Orleans today, however, is not the same as the team we played in Chicago back in week 8. Nick Foles is out and Mitch Trubisky is in 

Why would you throw that out there but now add in the fact that this won't be the same Saints team they played. Saints went into that game without Thomas, Sanders & Callaway.


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rt3
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Chicago 9 @ New Orleans 21 Final - CBS - NFC Wild Card | SAINTS WIN!!! Next: #5 TB (12-5) @ #2 NO (13-4) Sunday @ 5:40 PM
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Why would you throw that out there but now add in the fact that this won't be the same Saints team they played. Saints went into that game without Thomas, Sanders & Callaway.

I talked about how relatively healthy we are in the next paragraph


rt3
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Chicago 9 @ New Orleans 21 Final - CBS - NFC Wild Card | SAINTS WIN!!! Next: #5 TB (12-5) @ #2 NO (13-4) Sunday @ 5:40 PM
I'd just like to point out that it's a Saints playoff gameday & there's snow forecast for parts of the state of Louisiana during at least part the game

I don't know why but I feel that's important


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windshieldman
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Chicago 9 @ New Orleans 21 Final - CBS - NFC Wild Card | SAINTS WIN!!! Next: #5 TB (12-5) @ #2 NO (13-4) Sunday @ 5:40 PM
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rt3


I like your game day threads, one favor, mostly due to laziness on my part. On the other teams inactives, and I'm specifically talking key starters who are inactive, could you add their position next to their names? I'm not talking about the non starters, just maybe a few of the key players.


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Chicago 9 @ New Orleans 21 Final - CBS - NFC Wild Card | SAINTS WIN!!! Next: #5 TB (12-5) @ #2 NO (13-4) Sunday @ 5:40 PM
Go Saints!!!!!


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Chicago 9 @ New Orleans 21 Final - CBS - NFC Wild Card | SAINTS WIN!!! Next: #5 TB (12-5) @ #2 NO (13-4) Sunday @ 5:40 PM
1 competitor vs all the competitors


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Kcrad
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Chicago 9 @ New Orleans 21 Final - CBS - NFC Wild Card | SAINTS WIN!!! Next: #5 TB (12-5) @ #2 NO (13-4) Sunday @ 5:40 PM
Nice informative first post as usual, rt. Don't let some selfish douchebag tell you otherwise.

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Suntiger
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Chicago 9 @ New Orleans 21 Final - CBS - NFC Wild Card | SAINTS WIN!!! Next: #5 TB (12-5) @ #2 NO (13-4) Sunday @ 5:40 PM
Ahhhh!!! I want to win. I want to roll over the bears. I want to embarrass them. I want the bears players to go home and have their sons not be able to look at them because they lost their manhood to the Saints. I want the city of Chicago to have no crime for the next week because everyone was just so damn sad.

I. WANT. TO. DOMINATE.


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Chicago 9 @ New Orleans 21 Final - CBS - NFC Wild Card | SAINTS WIN!!! Next: #5 TB (12-5) @ #2 NO (13-4) Sunday @ 5:40 PM
Any word on end zone colours today? I heard we may finally get black end zones


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rt3
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Chicago 9 @ New Orleans 21 Final - CBS - NFC Wild Card | SAINTS WIN!!! Next: #5 TB (12-5) @ #2 NO (13-4) Sunday @ 5:40 PM
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I want the city of Chicago to have no crime

we can all hope for a Christmas miracle... but sadly it just isn't meant to be


joshyc2
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Chicago 9 @ New Orleans 21 Final - CBS - NFC Wild Card | SAINTS WIN!!! Next: #5 TB (12-5) @ #2 NO (13-4) Sunday @ 5:40 PM
I’m hungover now. Time to get a playoff win today baws!


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