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9-4, 1st in NFC South
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14hKevin Seifert

NFL Playoff Picture: Updated seeds after Week 14

A big division victory. A high-profile injury. A win streak snapped. One of the most unpredictable weeks crowned new No. 1s in both conferences.

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart had blunt responses Monday to criticism from Saints coach Sean Payton. Asked about Payton's displeasure that the league has hired Mike Cerullo, a Bountygate whistle-blower, Lockart said, "He's entitled to his opinion." Asked about Payton's complaints about officiating last Thursday night, Lockhart said: "I think everyone is aware of the rules that are in place on public criticism of our officials, and those who need to be reminded occasionally are reminded."

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Here's how the race for the No. 1 seed in the NFC moved throughout the day. Keep in mind: these are live probabilities and do not account for any potential injury to Carson Wentz.

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1dMike Triplett

Payton: NFL hire of whistleblower 'unbelievable'

Saints coach Sean Payton called the NFL hiring of former New Orleans whistleblower Mike Cerullo "unbelievable," but the NFL says Cerullo is not involved with the review of Payton's conduct toward the officials in Thursday's game.

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3dMike Triplett

NFL suspends Saints DT Parry four games

New Orleans Saints defensive tackle David Parry has been suspended four games by the NFL, with the punishment apparently stemming from a February arrest when he was a member of the Indianapolis Colts.

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Is Drew Brees To Blame For The Saints' Loss?

Dan Le Batard, Papi and Sarah Spain question if Drew Brees is to blame for the loss, was the Jahlil Okafor trade good for Brooklyn and Stephen Jackson joins the show.

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3dKevin Seifert

NFL to review Payton; coach still fuming at refs

Saints coach Sean Payton, whose behavior toward the officials will be reviewed by the NFL, is still fuming Friday at the "extremely poor" officiating during Thursday's loss.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints coach Sean Payton said he has not talked to anyone from the NFL yet about possible discipline for himself, but he was still fuming on Friday afternoon over what he called "extremely poor" officiating in Thursday's 20-17 loss at Atlanta and said the inconsistency and "confidence level" in officials needs to be improved from the top of the league office. "It's frustrating when you have a game, instead of it being decided on the field like it's supposed to, you have a crew make so many mistakes in one event," said Payton, who pointed to a questionable roughing the passer call against Saints DT Sheldon Rankins and the defensive holding calls that were called against the Saints but not called against Saints WR Michael Thomas.

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3dKevin Seifert

NFL to review Payton; coach still fuming at refs

Saints coach Sean Payton, whose behavior toward the officials will be reviewed by the NFL, is still fuming Friday at the "extremely poor" officiating during Thursday's loss.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Michael Thomas has faced the Falcons three times in his career and scored at least 20 PPR fantasy points each time, averaging 26.5. Heads up: He faces them again in Week 16 (plus gets a great matchup at Tampa Bay in Week 17).

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4dMike Triplett

Brees: Saints' injuries due to playing on Thu.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees is the latest in a string of players critical of Thursday games, citing the lack of recovery time and pointing to the six injuries suffered by the team in their loss to the Falcons.

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Saints, Falcons looking to take advantage of rest (1:30)
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Freeman: No issue with Payton's choke gesture

Running back Devonta Freeman said he wouldn't let Saints coach Sean Payton's choke gesture -- apparently in reference to the Falcons' Super Bowl loss last season -- affect his play or get into his head.

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Saints upset they couldn't finish against Falcons (0:52)

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints WR Michael Thomas led all players with 27.7 fantasy points tonight (PPR scoring). Thomas caught 10 passes (on 14 targets) for 117 yards and a TD in the loss to the Falcons.

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Jones makes game-saving catch, Falcons beats Saints 20-17

Deion Jones made a leaping interception in the end zone with 1:25 remaining and the Atlanta Falcons held on for a crucial 20-17 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night, setting up a three-way race for the NFC South title.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints now fall to 9-4 and right back in the thick of the NFC South race after they couldn't overcome a slew of injuries, penalties and Drew Brees' costly interception in the end zone in the final minutes. New Orleans is still the team to beat ahead of 8-4 Carolina, thanks to sweeping the season series, and 8-5 Atlanta. But the Saints will have to get revenge on the Falcons in the Superdome in two weeks to make sure.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Deion Jones played the seam route perfectly in Cover 2 to intercept Drew Brees in the end zone. Match to the TE on the seam route and find the ball. Just an awesome play.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints' first turnover of the night might cost them the game. Drew Brees was intercepted by Falcons LB Deion Jones in the end zone on second-and-10 while trying to force a ball over traffic into TE Josh Hill. He didn't get the ball high enough and Jones made a great leaping grab.

Team Stats

Passing Yards265.25th
Rushing Yards135.54th
Points For28.54th
Points Against20.211th