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Saints Gameday Guide 2021: Week 12 vs. Bills

Helpful tips and information for New Orleans Week 12 game against Buffalo




The New Orleans Saints will play in front of a national audience on Thanksgiving night for the third time in the last four seasons on Thursday evening, this time in an interconference matchup as they host the Buffalo Bills at the Caesars Superdome. New Orleans (5-5), currently tied in record with the Minnesota Vikings and the San Francisco 49ers for what would be the NFC's final two Wild Card Playoff spots, will be looking to improve their standing in the conferences' race for the postseason, while the Bills (6 -4) are involved in a heated battle for the AFC East lead with the New England Patriots (7-4).

This will be New Orleans' fourth time playing on Thanksgiving, all taking place since 2010 and all victories (at Dallas-2010, vs. Atlanta-2018, at Atlanta-2019). While both the Bills and Saints share small market roots, they also have the commonality of being backed by two of the most vocal fan bases in the National Football League. Being in the friendly, warm confines of the Caesars Superdome on Thursday evening, should serve as an advantage for New Orleans. The Saints lead the all-time series 7-4, having ripped off the last five meetings dating back to the 2001 season opener in Buffalo. New Orleans Head Coach Sean Payton has posted a 3-0 record against Buffalo, the most recent meeting being a 47-10 win at New Era Field on November 12, 2017, when the Saints gained 298 yards rushing, the third-highest total in team history and added a team-high 20 rushing first downs and six rushing touchdowns in a contest won in resounding fashion on the ground.

Tonight will be the first time that the Bills and Saints will face each other on prime time. It also marks the start of a crucial stretch in the NFC postseason race, as it begins a period where four of the next six contests will take place inside the Caesars Superdome.

After getting off to a 4-1 start, Buffalo will be looking to move back into a tie for first in the AFC East with the Patriots and capture their second consecutive division title to force an opponent to feel the effects of Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y. in the month of January, needing to break a two-game road losing streak. New Orleans will be looking to break a three-game losing streak that continued with a 40-29 loss at the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Philadelphia jumped out to a 33-7 lead after three quarters and although the Saints outscored the Eagles 22-7 in the final quarter, a lack of consistency on offense, defense and special teams hindered the Black and Gold on the afternoon.


Fans can catch the action on the following television and radio stations:

  • TV: NBC (WDSU 6 locally)
    Announcers: Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Drew Brees (color analyst) and Michele Tafoya (sideline)
  • Local radio: WWL-870 AM and 105.3 FM
    Announcers: Mike Hoss (play-by-play), Deuce McAllister (color analyst), and Steve Geller (sideline)
  • National radio: Westwood One
    Announcers: Bill Rosinski (play-by-play) and Rod Woodson (color analyst)
  • Spanish language radio: KGLA 830 AM and 105.7 FM
    Announcers: Mario Jerez (play-by-play), Juan Carlos Ramos and Victor Quinonez (color analysts)


Watch the Saints on the go this season via the Yahoo Sports or Saints app, free on your phone or tablet. Geographic restrictions apply. Local & primetime games only. Data charges may apply. WAYS TO WATCH SAINTS GAMES

Fans can also catch replays of every play, of every game, all year long, including the playoffs and Super Bowl with NFL Game Pass. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ON A FREE TRIAL OF NFL GAME PASS


Enhance your gameday experience while watching from home with advanced game stats, play-by-play, video highlights, live pregame and postgame reactions + more! DOWNLOAD SAINTS APP



As fans return to the Caesars Superdome, we have worked closely with local & state officials, Ochsner Health and ASM Global to develop a comprehensive health and safety plan. From face coverings to gate openings to vaccination policies, HERE IS OUR FULL LIST OF WHAT FANS NEED TO KNOW BEFORE ARRIVING ON GAMEDAY.


The Saints have shifted to 100% mobile tickets and parking passes. Prior to entering a parking garage or the stadium, you'll need to present your parking pass or tickets on your mobile phone, using either the SAINTS APP or SeatGeek app. Saints ticket holders looking for more information about accessing, transferring, or selling your tickets can find more information and step-by-step tutorials on our MOBILE TICKETS GUIDE.


The New Orleans Saints strongly encourage fans to not bring any type of bag. Fans will be able to carry the following style and size bag, package, or container into the Caesars Superdome:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12."
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
  • Small clutch bags, 6.5" x 4.5", with or without a handle or strap, may be carried into the stadium along with one of the clear bag options.
  • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose.


Due to increased security measures at NFL stadiums, vehicles parking in certain areas of Caesars Superdome parking garages will now be subject to security screenings at every home game. During the course of the 2021 NFL season, ASM will implement enhanced vehicle screening of all vehicles that pass through and park within close proximity of the building. Only vehicles parking within close proximity to the stadium will be subject to the enhanced EOD canine search. This would include guests who are parking in the A, B or C lanes of Caesars Superdome Garages 1, 2, 5 and 6 and both ADA East and West Lots. CLICK HERE FOR MORE PARKING AND TRAFFIC INFORMATION

Want the latest up-to-the-minute traffic alerts on your way to the Caesars Superdome? GoAuto has joined the Saints to make your gameday commute a breeze. Simple download the SAINTS APP presented by Verizon and turn on Gameday Traffic Alerts to receive notifications straight to your phone.



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Champions Square will be open for pre-game festivities based on current local health & safety guidelines. It will open 3 hours prior to kick off and will include a special performance by Bag of Donuts. It will conclude 45 minutes before kick off. Concessions and merchandise sales in Champions Square will be cashless.

At this time, fans should be prepared to provide proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 PCR test result in order to enter Champions Square.

Fans have the opportunity to participate in the Crown Royal's Purple Bag Project outside of Gate B on the exterior plaza. Crown Royal will provide items for fans to put into Crown Royal bags to send to military members overseas as well as an opportunity for fans to write a letter of thanks to our service men and women.

This week's National Anthem will be performed by Tarriona "Tank" Ball, frontwoman of the Grammy-nominated group Tank and The Bangas and fans will enjoy a halftime appearance featuring Saints legend Drew Brees.


Be a part of the pregame show this season! Exclusively on the SAINTS MOBILE APP, fans can Light Up the Dome presented by SeatGeek during player introductions. Activate the feature on your mobile device and participate in a synchronized light show with your fellow Saints fans.

In order to participate, fans will need to have the most up-to-date version of the SAINTS MOBILE APP and grant permission for the app to use their microphone, as the light show is activated by the in-arena audio. Fans are encouraged to download the Saints app prior to entering the Caesars Superdome and have their phones open and ready prior to introductions. CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS.


Fans 21 and over can enjoy samples of Crown Royal whisky at Sections 115 and 124 on gamedays. Sampling will be available when gates open for the general public until the end of the third quarter.

For fans seated in the 200 or 300 club levels, Waitr is now offering in-seat concession delivery for your section. Place your order when you arrive at the game and get your eat on! For the best experience, download the Waitr App prior to the game.


Did you know you can now order Saints merchandise straight from your seat? Open the SAINTS MOBILE APP, place your mobile order and have it delivered or ready for pick-up during the game!

Interested in exclusive merchandise & one-of-a-kind team experiences? Saints Auctions powered by iGot It is your ticket! Download the Saints app now to place you bids every gameday and with new items being posted daily, fans will have lots of opportunities all season long to add to their Black & Gold collection. DOWNLOAD SAINTS APP

50/50 RAFFLE:

This season, fans will have a chance to participate in our 50/50 raffle online! Purchase tickets two (2) hours prior to kickoff through the third quarter. Proceeds from this week's raffle will benefit the Brees Dream Foundation. CLICK HERE FOR 50/50 RAFFLE DETAILS, TICKET PRICES AND WINNING NUMBERS


Saints ticket and travel packages are now on sale through ON LOCATION, the Official Fan Travel Partner of the New Orleans Saints. Pregame field passes are also available for home games. VIEW FAN PACKAGES

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