NFC Divisional Preview and Prediction: Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints

Reggie Bush was one of many'09 Saints to return Sunday

Reggie Bush was one of many'09 Saints to return Sunday

Regardless of the comments made by Newton and Rivera, there will be some sort of action taken by the league to look into the matter further.

Brees, who completed 23 of 32 passes, threw first-half touchdown passes of 80 yards to Ted Ginn Jr. and 9 yards to Josh Hill.

New Orleans' second first-round pick last spring, tackle Ryan Ramczyk out of Wisconsin, has played every snap for the Saints this season. "The ball was spread around quite a bit and guys were making plays when they had the chances". Thomas Morstead averaged 43.0 yards on four punts, one of which was downed inside the 20.

Drew Brees, now in his 17th season, remains one of the game's great passers as the Saints prepare to play the Vikings a day before Brees' 39th birthday. "We knew what we had to do and it was on the receivers".

Te'o pointed out Payton's willingness to join his team in the celebration is part of his approach to coaching, which includes knowing how to get everyone to rally in the locker room.

Perhaps not, but if it was a challenge to Brees, he certainly was up to it, spreading the ball to eight different Saints, including four who had four catches or more.

Jordan called the Saints' red-zone stops "huge".

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The Superdome crowd went from raucous for three hours to near cardiac arrest in the final minutes, especially after Sean Payton's ill-fated decision to go for it on fourth-and-2 at Carolina's 47-yard line with two minutes remaining and a tenuous five-point lead. Carolina seemed to focus Sunday on the stellar Saints running back tandem of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara, and Drew Brees responded by shredding them for 376 yards while Ingram and Kamara combined for only 45 [rushing yards]. The Saints inexplicably left pass-catchers such as tight end Greg Olsen and running back Christian McCaffrey wide open too many times, and Newton threw for 349 yards and two touchdowns - doing much of his damage after he briefly left the game to be tested for a concussion.

"If we have troubles understanding a referee's decision then St. Lucy might be a good person to pray to in order to help that the referees have better sight." he said.

Newton was sacked four times, once each by Bell, Jordan, Jonathan Freeney and David Onyemata.

The NFL said it was in contact with the Panthers medical staff.

They've eased the playmaking pressure on Brees, who just recaptured the NFL's completion percentage record (72 percent) from Sam Bradford and leads an offense second in touchdowns per drive, according to Football Outsiders. Peat has been the starting left guard, but played a significant amount of time at left tackle because of a series of injuries that have had Terron Armstead going in and out of the lineup.

Saints: Move on to play at Minnesota in the NFC Divisional playoffs.

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