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king down the best team it is likely to see this season. The
07-24-2019, 09:39 AM,
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king down the best team it is likely to see this season. The
METAIRIE Byron Murphy Jersey , La. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton turned to ice cream, binge-watching and seclusion after his team’s football season came to an excruciating end.Payton was finally ready on Wednesday to stand in front of reporters for his NFL-mandated, end-of-season media availability, some 10 days after New Orleans’ 26-23 overtime loss in an NFC championship game marred by one of the most glaring officiating errors in NFL history — the non-call of pass interference and helmet-to-helmet contact penalties committed by a Los Angeles Rams defensive back late in the fourth quarter.“I would say, honestly, after the game for two to three days, much like normal people, I sat and probably didn’t come out of my room, ate Jeni’s ice cream and watched Netflix,” Payton said. “There’s certain vices you gravitate to. For me, it’s probably sugar.“I don’t know that you ever really get over it, but you do get past it Andy Isabella Jersey ,” Payton added. “This time away is healthy.”Payton said he probably would watch this Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Rams and New England Patriots because it’s what people in his profession do.Payton also said he’d received countless phone calls, emails and text messages of support since the game, including a call from Raiders coach Jon Gruden, who was able to relate with Payton on some level. Gruden was coaching Oakland in the 2001-02 playoffs, when an apparent lost fumble by New England’s Tom Brady was infamously ruled an incomplete pass on video review. The overturned call allowed New England to tie the game late and eventually win en route to the franchise’s first Super Bowl triumph.But there was only so much Gruden or anyone else could do or say to console the Saints’ coach.“There aren’t too many people you can call that would be able to reflect on a situation like that,” Payton said. “You hang up the phone and the news is still what it was before you called though.”Had the penalty been called on the Rams’ Nickell Robey-Coleman for hitting receiver Tommylee Lewis in the helmet before Drew Brees‘ third-down pass arrived, the Saints could have run the clock down to the final seconds before attempting a go-ahead field goal. Instead, the Saints kicked with 1:45 to go, leaving the Rams time to drive for a tying field goal.Payton sits on the NFL’s competition committee, which reviews proposed rule changes. Currently, penalties, or missed penalties Zach Allen Jersey , cannot be reviewed by video replay, but whether they should be is all but certain to be discussed this offseason.“If you look throughout the history of our game — the forward fumble by the Raiders (in 1978, known as the ‘Holly Roller’) — there’s been these events that at times potentially change rules,” Payton said. “I like the fact that I’m part of that committee and every offseason we all sit down and really try to grind on how to make this game better, safer and then present it to ownership and the other coaches.“Certainly there’ll be topics like this that’ll be brought up,” Payton continued. “The solution is the more challenging thing that we’re all looking for.”Payton did not offer any specific proposals, but said advancements in technology should figure into officiating in general.In New Orleans, Saints fans have responded to the missed call with everything from lawsuits filed on behalf of ticket holders to proposals for a Saints-themed Mardi Gras-style parade at the same time as the Super Bowl. Area politicians have written letters of protest to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.Payton said he hadn’t closely followed fans’ and politicians’ manifestations, but said he hoped they would eventually move on the same way he is trying to do.“It’s not going to happen overnight and it will take a little bit of time, obviously,” Payton said. “But it’s why we like this game. Football is like life. It’s not always going to be how you planned it. It’s not always going to be fair. And sometimes you get punched and you get up, and there’s that toughness and grit element that’s involved with this game that I think fascinates us all with it.” Drew Brees passed for 376 yards and two touchdowns Hakeem Butler Jersey , and the New Orleans Saints held off Carolina’s late comeback bid to seal a 31-26 victory in their NFC wild-card game on Sunday.
The Panthers had a first down on the Saints 26-yard line with 58 seconds left, but heavy pressure by All-Pro defensive end Cameron Jordan a couple plays later induced an intentional grounding penalty on Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, making it third-and-25 on the Saints 34 and a required 10-second runoff left 22 seconds on the clock.
After an incompletion in the end zone on third down, Vonn Bell sacked Newton on a safety blitz, ensuring the Saints (12-5) swept all three meetings with Carolina (11-6) this season, in addition to winning their first playoff game in four seasons.
Brees’ touchdowns went for 80-yards to Ted Ginn and 9 yards to tight end Josh Hill. Fullback Zach line and running back Alvin Kamara each ran for short touchdowns.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Blake Bortles put together one decent drive all day, doing as much with his legs as his arm, and the defensive-minded Jacksonville Jaguars eked out an ugly and sometimes unwatchable 10-3 victory against the Buffalo Bills in an AFC wild-card game Sunday.
In the postseason for the first time since January 2008, the third-seeded Jaguars (11-6) advanced to play at No. 2 seed Pittsburgh next week.
The sixth-seeded Bills (9-8) will head home after ending the longest, current playoff drought in North American professional sports.
Bortles was a big reason Jacksonville won the game and a big reason it was so close. This was far from a passing clinic. It was more like a painful exercise in overcoming poor passing.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Marcus Mariota led Tennessee to three second-half touchdowns Chris Lindstrom Jersey , incredibly throwing one of his TD passes to himself , and the Titans rallied from a 21-3 deficit to beat the Kansas City Chiefs 22-21 on Saturday for their first playoff win in 14 years.
Mariota threw for 205 yards and two scores, including the 22-yard go-ahead strike to Eric Decker with just over six minutes left that ushered the Titans into the divisional round of the playoffs.
They’ll head to New England or Pittsburgh next week.
Derrick Henry had a career-high 156 yards rushing and another score for Tennessee (10-7), while a defense that was fileted by Alex Smith and the Chiefs (10-7) during the first half pitched a shutout in the second half – dooming the Kansas City franchise to another humiliating postseason defeat.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons showed the upstart Los Angeles Rams what playoff poise is all about.
Ryan passed for 218 yards and hit Julio Jones for an 8-yard touchdown with 5:48 to play, and the defending NFC champion Falcons advanced from the wild-card round with a methodical 26-13 victory over the Rams on Saturday night.
Devonta Freeman rushed for an early score and Matt Bryant kicked four field goals for the Falcons (11-6), who spoiled the Rams’ first playoff game in 13 years while showing off the postseason poise they earned from last season’s journey to the Super Bowl.
Atlanta never trailed at the Coliseum while winning playoff games in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.
The Falcons advanced to face the top-seeded Eagles on Saturday in Philadelphia.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Brandon Ingram had 20 points and seven assists, and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 132-113 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night.
Julius Randle had 15 points and nine rebounds in this sixth straight start, while Lonzo Ball finished with 13 points, 10 assists and six rebounds.
Los Angeles led by as many as 26 points – its biggest margin this season – and enjoyed a strong shooting night. The Lakers made 55.8 percent of their field goals, and shot 44.4 percent from 3-point range. Even free throws went in for the Lakers, who came into Sunday as the worst team in the league in that category. Los Angeles made 20 of 25.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Keita Bates-Diop scored a career-high 32 points , and Ohio State stunned No. 1 Michigan State 80-64 on Sunday.
The overachieving Buckeyes put together an electrifying 12-0 run to finish the first half and kept their foot on the gas to give first-year coach Chris Holtmann a signature win.
Ohio State (13-4, 4-0 Big Ten) won for its third straight in taking down the best team it is likely to see this season. The mistake-prone Spartans (15-2, 3-1) lost for the first time in the last 15 games, dating back to a seven-point loss to then-No. 1 Duke on Nov. 14.
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) – A new year brought out the best in Dustin Johnson, who powered his way to an 8-under 65 and an eight-shot victory in the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
In a field that featured the top five players in the world, Johnson made a strong opening statement that a No. 1 ranking he has held for nearly a year might be difficult to take away.
Johnson stretched a two-shot lead to six shots at the turn, then delivered the biggest moment of the week with a drive on the par-4 12th hole that stopped 6 inches from the cup for a tap-in eagle. He also drove the par-4 14th hole.
He finished at 24-under 268. The eight-shot margin of victory was his largest ever, and it was one short of the tournament record set by David Duval since this event moved to Kapalua in 1999. Jordan Spieth also won by eight shots in 2016.

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