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12/29/13

Saints 2013 schedule

Preseason Games: (3-1)

Fri Aug 9 at 7PM vs Chiefs in New Orleans (W, 17-13)
Fri Aug 16 at 7PM vs Raiders in New Orleans (W, 28-20)
Sun Aug 25 at 3PM vs Texans in Houston (W, 31-23)
Thurs Aug 29 at 630PM vs Dolphins in Miami (L, 21-24)

Regular Season Games: (11-5)

Sun Sept 8 at Noon vs Falcons in New Orleans (W, 23-17)
Sun Sept 15 at 3PM vs Buccaneers in Tampa (W, 16-14)
Sun Sept 22 at Noon vs Cardinals in New Orleans (W, 31-7)
Mon Sept 30 at 7:40PM vs Dolphins in New Orleans (W, 38-17)
Sun Oct 6 at 3:25PM vs Bears in Chicago (W, 26-18)
Sun Oct 13 at 3:25PM vs Patriots in Foxboro, MA (L, 27-30)
BYE
Sun Oct 27 at Noon vs Bills in New Orleans (W, 35-17)
Sun Nov 3 at Noon vs Jets in East Rutherford, NJ (L, 20-26)
Sun Nov 10 at 7:30PM vs Cowboys in New Orleans (W, 49-17)
Sun Nov 17 at 3:25PM vs 49ers in New Orleans (W, 23-20)
Thurs Nov 21 at 7:25PM vs Falcons in Atlanta (W, 17-13)
Mon Dec 2 at 7:40PM vs Seahawks in Seattle (L, 7-34)
Sun Dec 8 at 7:30PM vs Panthers in New Orleans (W, 31-13)
Sun Dec 15 at 3:25PM vs Rams in St. Louis (L, 16-27)
Sun Dec 22 at Noon vs Panthers in Charlotte (L, 13-17)
Sun Dec 29 at 3:25PM vs Buccaneers in New Orleans (W, 42-17)

Wild Card Weekend
Sat Jan 4 at 3:35PM – Chiefs vs Colts in Indianapolis on NBC
Sat Jan 4 at 7:10PM – Saints vs Eagles in Philadelphia on NBC (W, 26-24)

Sun Jan 5 at 12:05PM – Chargers vs Bengals in Cincinnati on CBS
Sun Jan 5 at 3:40PM – 49ers vs Packers in Green Bay on FOX

Divisional Playoffs
Sat Jan 11 at 3:35PM – Saints vs Seahawks in Seattle on FOX (L, 15-23)
Sat Jan 11 at 7:15PM – Colts vs Patriots in Foxboro, MA on CBS (Patriots won 43-22)

Sun Jan 12 at 12:05PM – 49ers vs Panthers in Charlotte on FOX (49ers won 23-10)
Sun Jan 12 at 3:40PM – Chargers vs Broncos in Denver on CBS (Broncos won 24-17)

Conference Championships
AFC Sun Jan 19 at 2:05PM – Patriots vs. Broncos in Denver on CBS (Broncos won 26-16)
NFC Sun Jan 19 at 5:45PM – 49ers vs Seahawks in Seattle on FOX (Seahawks won 23-17)

Super Bowl XLVIII
» Sun Feb. 2 at 5:30PM  – Denver Broncos vs Seattle Seahawks in MetLife Stadium , East Rutherford, N.J. on FOX (Seahawks won 43-8)

(All times are New Orleans time)

After the Saints announced they’ve parted ways with kicker Garrett Hartley, Hartley took to Twitter to say goodbye to the Who Dat Nation:

Sunday’s Saints loss to the rams was tough, but when the saints take to the field this weekend against the Panthers they will do so without struggling kicker Garrett Hartley.

Hartley was waived Tuesday.

Hartley went 1-for-3 on Sunday against the Rams and was 22-for-30 on the season.

Saints punter Thomas Morestead tweeted:

We asked our Facebook fans if they thought it was the right move:

Saints fans were rocking the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in Sunday’s matchup against the Carolina Panthers, but we weren’t quite loud enough to break the record for noisiest indoor sports stadium.

According to The Advocate, we came up just short registering 122.6 decibels while the record is 126 decibels, registered at a Sacremento Lings basketball game.

Sports
12/09/13

Saints rout Panthers, take lead in NFC South

saints helmetSix days after their worst performance of the season, the Saints were at their best.

New Orleans scored 21 second quarter points and rolled over Carolina 31-13 Sunday night. The Saints, 10-3, took a one game lead over the Panthers in the NFC South with three to play.

New Orleans ran its record to 7-0 at home, and 4-1 in prime time.

The Saints were able to quickly shake off a Monday night drubbing at Seattle, a trip that included a stay over till Tuesday morning because of problems with the team’s charter airplane.

You see too many examples every year in the league of a team has a good week, has a bad week. You can’t be like that if you want to achieve what everyone is trying to achieve,” said offensive tackle Zach Strief. “You have to be consistent in your preparation and think we have done a good job of doing that.”

Brees threw touchdown passes of 6 and 15 yards in the second quarter to Marques Colston, With :18 to play in the first half, Brees capped the quarter with a 5 yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham.

Brees threw an 8 yard touchdown pass to Graham in the 4th quarter. Brees threw for 313 yards, becoming only the 5th quarterback in NFL history to throw for 50,000 yards.

The Saints held Carolina to 239 yards, and a long gain of 19 yards.

The Saints had 5 quarterback sacks, 3 by Junior Gallette and 2 by Cam Jordan.

The best Monday night matchup of the season turned out to be a lopsided win for the home team.

The Seattle Seahawks held the Saints to 188 total yards, fewest in the Brees/Payton era, and beat New Orleans 34-7. Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson ran his record to 14-0 at home as a starter.

Drew Brees’ streak of nine consecutive wins on Monday night ended, convincingly.

The Saints were overmatched from the start. Michael Bennett returned a Drew Brees fumbled 22 yards to give Seattle a 7-0 first quarter lead.

Up 10-0, Wilson found tight end Zach Miller wipe open on a playoff action rollout for 60 yards inside the Saints 5 yard line. Wilson then hit Bennett for a two yard touchdown to give Seattle a 17-0 lead after one quarter.

Brees threw a two yard pass to Jimmy Graham for a touchdown that cut the Seattle lead to 17-7. But, with 13 seconds to play in the half, Wilson fooled the Saints defense. He bootlegged to the right, stopped and found Doug Baldwin all alone for a four yard touchdown pass that stretch Seattle’s lead to 27-7 at the half.

Wilson completed 22 of 30 passes for 302 yards and three touchdowns.

The Saints were held to 3.8 yards per completion.

“We got beat, pretty good, so…,” said Saints head coach Sean Payton.

The Saints fell to 9-3 and in a tie for Carolina for first place in the NFC South. The Panthers play the Saints Sunday night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Seattle moved to 11-1 on the season, with the number one seed in the NFC playoffs clearly in sight.

Every once in awhile, a Saint utters a morsel that is real. It came from guard Jahri Evans on Wednesday.

Nothing controversial … just fact: The New Orleans Saints are a lot better at home than they are on the road. A lot better.

Evans says he gets calls from players around the league saying they don’t want to play in New Orleans in January. The numbers speak to that. The Saints are 5-0 at home, outscoring the opposition 176 to 75.

Drew Brees has thrown 18 of his 25 touchdown passes at home. Only two of Brees’s seven interceptions have been thrown at home.

With all of this as a backdrop, let me ask you? In the playoffs in a potential Saints 49ers matchup, would you rather be indoors on carpet or outdoors on grass?

That’s why Sunday’s game carries extra weight.

From the gridiron to the vineyard.Former Saints player, Mike McKenzie is now making his own wine.  McKenzie played as the Saints Cornerback from 2004-2009.  Since then he’s hung up his cleats for wine grapes, and it’s a serious business venture.

“My wife had the great idea of actually bringing our new product to the market.  Our new Orange Moscato,”  McKenzie said.

It’s a moscato straight from the Central Valley of California.  They bottle it in Napa Valley.

“Every fall we go and we harvest our grapes,”  he said.

From wine country to New Orleans…His Orange Moscato which touched down in June is like no other.

“It’s 100 percent orange muscat grapes.  Very rare.  A lot of times when people think of moscato wine, they think very sweet.  Our moscato has 10% alcohol.”

This athlete’s parents were in the food and hospitality industry, so wine-making is in his blood.

“My mom made a lot of wine growing up.  She had them in all kinds of containers and jugs,”  he said.

He’s come a long way from jugs.  Soon, he’ll be launching their new blinged out 2014 Orange Moscato collection.It’s wine fit for everyone, especially MVP’s.

“A lot of my teammates have had the opportunity to try and they love it.  After they win those games, they are toasting at home with a nice glass of moscato,”  McKenzie said.

Orange Moscato can be found at the Hyatt Regency, Rouse’s, World Market and many other New Orleans businesses.

McKenzie is branching out to other states.  Texas and Florida will now be offering his wine.

For more information:  josiah@orangemoscato.com

Sports
11/11/13

‘Boys no match for Saints on Sunday night

saints helmetThe Saints are one of the best home teams in the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys got a first hand look Sunday night.

New Orleans registered 40 first downs, an NFL record, on the way to a 49-17 rout of the Cowboys. The Saints also had 625 yards of total offense as they moved to 5-0 in the Superdome this season.

Running back Mark Ingram, who has been hobbled by injury much of his NFL career, had 145 yards rushing on 14 carries. His previous high was 91 yards against Indianapolis in October of 2011. Ingram wore his emotions on his sleeve. After a second quarter 13 yard run, he spun the ball on the turf, drawing a five yard delay of game penalty.

“I play with a lot of passion, and I was frustrated with myself because I thought I should have gotten more out of the run than I did,” said Ingram. “But, I play with a lot of passion. I had to tone it down and stay in my head.”

The Saints broke the game open with a pair of Darren Sproles touchdowns in the last 1:32 of the first half. With 5 seconds to play in the half, Sproles scored on a 28 yard screen pass from Drew Brees. Brees threw for 392 yards and four touchdown passes.

The Saints moved to 7-2 on the season. They are one game ahead of Carolina in the NFC South.

Sunday, 6-3 San Francisco visits the Superdome.

“We know the type of team they are. The talent that they have. What they are capable of. What a physical team they are,” said Brees. ” They pride themselves on that. On both sides of the ball. So we are going to need our best game to beat these guys.”

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