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In this Jan. 27, 2010 photo, New Orleans Saints statistician Bob Remy holds a copy of the New Orleans States-Item newspaper reporting the city's acquisition of an NFL football franchise in November 1966 in Metairie, La. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

In this Jan. 27, 2010 photo, New Orleans Saints statistician Bob Remy holds a copy of the New Orleans States-Item newspaper reporting the city’s acquisition of an NFL football franchise in November 1966 in Metairie, La. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Jim Kensil, an NFL executive, introduced Louisiana Congressman Hale Boggs. Then Tulane University President Herbert Longenecker, who made available 80,000-seat Tulane Stadium as a venue for the NFL franchise, called up Sen. Russell Long. Then it was New Orleans City Councilman Moon Landrieu, Mayor Vic Schiro and Gov. John McKeithen, followed by Rozelle.

At 11:11 a.m. on Nov. 1, 1966, Rozelle finally cut to the chase: “Professional football has voted a franchise to the state of Louisiana, the city of New Orleans.”

Getting to that moment in history was a classic case of Dixon’s perseverance, coupled with a large dose of political “persuasion.”




The New Orleans Saints “made a play” for Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden before the 3 p.m. trade deadline but determined the asking price was too high, check ESPN reported Tuesday.

Adding Haden would have given the Saints another experienced player in a secondary besieged by injuries. Haden has 18 career interceptions over seven seasons with the Browns, including two this season.

As things stand, the Saints will move forward with Ken Crawley and B.W. Webb as starters for as long as Delvin Breaux and Sterling Moore remain sidelined with injuries.




With their 41-23 win over San Francisco, the New Orleans Saints improved to .500 for the first time since they defeated the New York Giants, 52-49, to move to 4-4 on Nov. 1, 2015. The win moves the Saints into sole possession of second place in the NFC South.  …

With the win, the Saints collect their first win at Levi’s Stadium on their first trip to the three-year old facility. New Orleans has now won regular-season games in 54 stadiums, winning 17 of those contests on its first try. …





The New Orleans Saints have caught the attention of former NFL coach Bill Cowher, who identified them Sunday as “a team I wouldn’t want to play” in the second half of the season.

“Don’t discount them,” he said during a CBS round table discussion on teams to watch in the second half of the season.





METAIRIE, seek La. — The New Orleans Saints don’t expect Cam Newton to alter his style one bit after returning from a concussion this week.

That means they expect the Carolina Panthers’ dual-threat MVP to be as dangerous as ever on Sunday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

“When Cam’s in, he’s in,” said Saints safety Roman Harper, who spent the past two years as Newton’s teammate in Carolina. “He’s gonna have his designed runs; he’s gonna be himself. He can’t help that. And that’s why they probably didn’t play him last week.

“At the end of the day, he has to be himself for that offense to be effective.”

“He’s not going to be sitting there like Peyton Manning or Tom Brady in the pocket; I don’t believe that,” Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro added. “He’ll still be trying to score touchdowns just like he always does.”

Harper essentially went on a spy mission for the Saints the past two years, learning everything there was to know about their biggest division rival.

Unfortunately, what he learned about Newton is what everybody else learned while he matured into the league MVP last season — he has developed into a great quarterback who can now decimate defenses with his arm as well as his legs.

“I’ve seen him grow up as a player, as a quarterback, from … where you wanted to keep him in the pocket because you didn’t think he could actually beat you throwing the ball to where now you have to make sure your coverage is tight,” Harper said. “He understands different coverages and the way teams are trying to go against him to where he’s so effective with throwing the ball and buying time with his legs when he needs to.”



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SAN DIEGO — It took a practical miracle, viagra 60mg but the New Orleans Saints rallied behind their defense – yes, pilule that defense — for their first victory Sunday, dosage a 35-34 thriller over the San Diego Chargers.

They forced three turnovers in the final seven minutes to rally back from a 13-point deficit and give quarterback Drew Brees a triumphant return to San Diego.

The Saints are now 1-3, and Brees remains a perfect 3-0 against his former team.

It would be a stretch to suggest that the Saints saved their season with the stunning victory. This defense is still flawed, and there are other issues as well. In fact, just before the rally started, I was writing that Brees may have returned to San Diego as part of his worst team since he joined the Saints back in 2006.

But that’s what made their resilient victory all the sweeter.

“This was as much a team win as I could ever describe. This game wasn’t about me,” Brees said. “It was about our team coming together and finding a way to win. It wasn’t always pretty. It was up and down, depending on what point in the game. But man, we stuck together.

“We came in at halftime and knew we really hadn’t given ourselves a chance. And we went out in the second half and felt like this was gonna be our half, and we were gonna find a way. The defense, I can’t say enough about the job that they did in the second half … just completely turned the tide. What a team victory.”



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RENTON, Wash. — Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett (knee) and safety Kam Chancellor (groin) have been ruled out for Sunday’s matchup against the New Orleans Saints.

And Bennett could be sidelined for longer than just this week.

“We’re going to check him on Monday and see if there’s something we can do for him,” coach Pete Carroll said. “His knee bothered him after the game coming out so we’re going to take care of him. We’ll look into seeing what’s necessary next week.”

Carroll said the issue is related to cartilage in Bennett’s right knee and added that surgery is a possibility.



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