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Defensive unit looks to lead Saints over Bears in Wild Card playoff game

New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) works to get past Carolina Panthers...
New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) works to get past Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Taylor Moton (72) during an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C.(Brian Westerholt | AP)
Updated: Jan. 7, 2021 at 6:09 PM CST
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METAIRIE, La. (WAFB) - The Saints’ defensive unit believes it has been battle-tested enough to earn the cliche’, “defense wins championships.”

Since Sean Payton’s first year as head coach and the NFC title game in Chicago, there’s been some bad blood between the fanbases of the Saints and the Bears.

There won’t be many fans in the Superdome when the Saints host the Bears in the NFC Wild Card due to COVID-19 restrictions and it has been learned the Saints were given an allotment of tickets back from the Bears.

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The New Orleans defense is riding high off a five-turnover performance last week in Carolina, finishing the regular season ranked in the top five of every major statistical category.

  • Total - No. 4 (310.9 yards per game)
  • Rushing - No. 4 (93.9 yards per game)
  • Passing - No. 5 (217.0 yards per game)
  • Takeaways - No. 3 (tied - 26)
  • Scoring - No. 5 (21.1 points per game)

“I feel this season, we have built up a resume within our defense on how to win games, how to close games out, how to win close games,” said defensive end Cam Jordan. “These are things that you can rely on, the confidence we have built, and at the same time, we bring energy to our team in every facet that you can believe possible, especially ending the season the way we did this last game when everybody was active.”

Kickoff is scheduled for Sunday at 3:40 p.m. The game will air on WAFB.

The game is a rematch from week eight that saw the Saints winning 26-23 in overtime on a 35-yard field goal by Wil Lutz.

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