Payback? Saints pile on 49 points, rout Rams and Gregg Williams


NEW ORLEANS, LA – NOVEMBER 27: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints talks to Drew Brees #9 during the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Rams at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 27, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

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Judging from the emotion displayed by Saints head coach Sean Payton, Sunday’s 49-21 win over the Los Angeles Rams wasn’t just another game between two 4-6 teams.

In his first game at the Superdome since he and the Saints parted ways after the 2011 season, former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and the Rams were blitzed by the Saints 49-21.

Drew Brees threw four touchdown passes. The Saints had a 5th, a 50 yard trick play pass from wide receiver Willie Snead to Tim Hightower with 10:15 to play in the game.

Williams and head coach Sean Payton had an acrimonious split. The pair were suspended by the NFL for their alleged roles in the Bountygate scandal.

Were the Saints sending a message? Running back Mark Ingram answers.

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The Saints piled up 555 yards of total offense.

Ingram scored on a 10 yard run and a 21 yard pass from Drew Brees. The pass came on third and 17 from the Rams 21 in the third quarter. Ingram was so wide open, guard Jahri Evans had no one to block downfield and escorted Ingram to the endzone.

Rams quarterback Jared Goff threw for 214 yards and his first three NFL touchdown passes. But, the Rams were out of the game after the Saints scored 21 points in the second quarter, and added 14 more in the third.

The Saints, 5-6, host the Detroit Lions Sunday at noon.


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