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Vikings upend Saints in OT in NFC playoffs

NEW ORLEANS—After tight end Kyle Rudolph emerged from a purple swarm of celebrating Vikings near the corner of the end zone, he took an opportunity to mock those who doubted quarterback Kirk Cousins' ability to come through in the clutch.

“I'm just glad Kirk can't win big games, apparently," Rudolph said. "We proved that one wrong today.”

Saints' defence optimistic it can hold up

METAIRIE, La.—Saints' third-year defensive tackle David Onyemata planned to spend today—the players' usual day off—performing some extra conditioning work at club headquarters.

He is among a trio of defensive linemen likely headed for more snaps against one of the best offences in the NFL this Sunday with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.

Saints seek to snare sagging Falcons

NEW ORLEANS—The latest chance for Saints' fans to show Drew Brees their gratitude for the many memorable, triumphant moments he's brought them comes on Thanksgiving night.

The Saints (9-1) are riding an NFL-high, nine-game winning streak as the rival Atlanta Falcons (4-6) land in New Orleans, so don't expect a sleepy crowd in the Superdome no matter how well-fed.

Saints barely able to hold off Panthers

NEW ORLEANS—Saints' All-Pro defensive end Cameron Jordan grinned playfully as he glanced up at a bottle of red wine in the top shelf of his locker and asked if anyone knew Carolina quarterback Cam Newton's address.

A bottle with the name “Jordan” on the label, even if it isn't made by the Saints star's family, might be the last thing Newton wants right now.