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Saints advance to set up a Drew Brees-Tom Brady showdown in second round

Drew Brees hands off to running back Alvin Kamara in the first half of the Saints’ playoff win Sunday over the Bears in New Orleans. (Butch Dill/AP)
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The New Orleans Saints reassembled their key offensive pieces Sunday, with wide receiver Michael Thomas and tailback Alvin Kamara rejoining quarterback Drew Brees in the lineup for an opening-round NFC playoff matchup with the visiting Chicago Bears at the Superdome in New Orleans.

The result was not exactly an offensive masterpiece putting the rest of the NFC on notice that the Saints are poised for a Super Bowl run in what could be Brees’s farewell postseason. No, their effort was more workmanlike than dazzling. But it did the job, bottom line, as the Saints advanced with a 21-9 triumph over the Bears, who contributed to their own undoing with a series of follies.