Super Saints? Not a chance

Penalties for bounty scandal leave huge void and place heavy burden on Brees

Originally Published: March 21, 2012
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Say goodbye to the New Orleans Saints' chances of being the home team for Super Bowl XLVII.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's strong and wise ruling regarding the Saints' violations of the bounty rules effectively eliminates them from Super Bowl contention. Sure, they are still good enough to be a playoff team, but it's hard to fathom them being able to overcome their losses in free agency along with the collateral damage from the penalties imposed Wednesday by Goodell.

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