NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees shared a curious statistic after his team defeated the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday: In the third quarter, with the Eagles ahead by 4 points, the Saints put together 23-play, 117-yard touchdown drive. Yes, 117, if you include the penalties that forced the Saints to backtrack and regain lost yardage. The long march down the field — which officially was listed as an 18-play, 92-yard drive — paid off when Brees hit wide receiver Michael Thomas for a 2-yard receiving touchdown that put the Saints ahead for good. “That just was the tipping point, it turned the tide of the whole game,” Brees said of the 11-minute-29-second drive. “We knew everything after that was building a lead.” The top-seeded Saints held on to win, 20-14, overcoming a slow start and a bundle of errors in their divisional-round game to set up a rematch against the second-seeded Los Angeles Rams next Sunday … [Read more...] about Drew Brees Leads Saints Out of Hole, Past Eagles and to the N.F.C. Championship
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NEW ORLEANS — Undrafted rookie Kyle Allen passed for 228 yards and two touchdowns before injuring his shoulder, and the Carolina Panthers cruised to a 33-14 victory over a Saints squad looking ahead to the playoffs. Allen, a third-stringer pressed into service with Cam Newton and backup Taylor Heinicke out, also ran for a short touchdown as Carolina snapped a seven-game slide. He led the Panthers to three TDs and a field goal on the first four drives of his first NFL start. He played until the fourth quarter, when he was hit hard by Saints rookie end Marcus Davenport while releasing an incomplete pass. Carolina (7-9) led 23-0 at halftime, marking the first time since coach Sean Payton was hired by New Orleans in 2006 that the Saints (13-3) were shut out at home in a first half. Allen's touchdowns went for 53 yards to receiver Curtis Samuel and 8 yards to tight end Ian Thomas. Having already clinched the NFC's top seed, Payton scratched several healthy offensive starters, … [Read more...] about Carolina hammers Drew Brees-less Saints
Of all the ways to win or lose a playoff game, the Miami Dolphins provided many fantasy owners with one of the craziest of all time. Although there were still five late-afternoon games to play, plus another on Sunday and Monday nights, the out-of-nowhere Miami Miracle TD by Kenyan Drake might very well have made the difference in which teams advanced in the opening week of the fantasy playoffs. With no time left of the clock and the Dolphins trailing the New England Patriots by five points, Ryan Tannehill hit Kenny Stills, who lateraled to DeVante Parker, who pitched it to Drake to complete a 69-yard, game-winning touchdown. Ryan Tannehill-Kenny Stills-DaVante Parker-Kenyan Drake. @MiamiDolphins win.#NEvsMIA#FinsUppic.twitter.com/TxhamyDcSs— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) December 9, 2018 For fantasy purposes, it's also important to know how the play is recorded on the official stat sheet. Tannehill gets credit for the 69-yard touchdown pass and Drake scored the … [Read more...] about Kenyan Drake’s miracle TD, Amari Cooper’s huge game tip fantasy football playoff scales
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – For Tom Rees, the template was obvious. The hard part was getting Ian Book to share his vision and recognize his own potential. That’s why Rees, Notre Dame’s former starting quarterback (2010-13) and current quarterbacks coach, pulled the young backup aside during August training camp and sat him down for a heart to heart. “I challenged him: ‘Hey, what’s holding you back?’ “ Rees said. “Before the season, I told him, ‘Tell me why you can’t be Drew Brees? You don’t miss. You’re athletic. Why can’t you be Drew Brees?’ “ Book, a redshirt sophomore from El Dorado Hills, Calif., about 30 minutes east of Sacramento, has miles to go to match the accomplishments of Brees, record-breaking passer and Super Bowl-winning leader of the New Orleans Saints. More: 5 Notre Dame football recruits who could make an instant impact More: Notre Dame brings the fight into living … [Read more...] about The intervention that inspired Notre Dame’s Ian Book: ‘Tell me why you can’t be Drew Brees?’
It's time to dig into those playbooks and hit the ice baths. NFL training camps begin opening this week as veterans for the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears officially report for duty. Summer vacation ends for the league's other 30 teams next week. It won't be long after that until injuries begin to mount, holdouts potentially simmer and flare and other manners of controversy surface. But based on what I know (or think I know) as we embark on the NFL's 99th season, here's my annual prediction of how the season will unfold with record projections for each team based on picking all 256 games, plus a playoff forecast. NFC EAST Philadelphia Eagles (11-5): Underdogs no longer, the champs may be in for a rocky start based on a rough early schedule (particularly October, which includes a Thursday night road game and trip to London) that coincides with Carson Wentz's presumed re-entry from December's ACL tear. Dallas Cowboys (7-9): They've got seven games against 2017 playoff teams. … [Read more...] about 2018 NFL record projections: Will Patriots falter on road to Super Bowl LIII?