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Over the last couple years, the New Orleans Saints have been wildly successful at making other teams game plan for a back-up quarterback, going a combined 8-1 between Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill.

But what happens when other teams return the favor. The two-seed Saints are hosting the seven-seed Bears in the wild card round of the NFC playoffs serving as a week eight rematch from the regular season.

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In that 26-23 overtime victory, the Black and Gold took down Nick Foles in what was his fifth start filling in for Mitch Trubisky.

But now the more mobile Trubisky is back under center, giving the Saints a completely different look on defense.

Just like in their week 13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in what was the first career start for Jalen Hurts who ran for 106 yards. New Orleans Saints Defensive End Cameron Jordan said, “What we’re focused on is what we can control, and what we can control is our perimeter edge defense in terms of eliminating that. I don’t find any similarities between Jalen Hurts and Mitch Trubisky in terms of speed wise anyways. That being said, we were the first team to play the Jalen Hurts Philadelphia. So, we’ve played Trubisky, we’ve played Foles, we’ve played Trubisky. I mean we’ve seen this before, and at this point, I know they’re going to give us their best energy, they’re going to give us their best shot, and again, we can only focus on how we attack things.”

The Saints and Bears will kick off the last game of the weekend from the Superdome at 3:40 p.m. Sunday.

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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at jhaeger@wxxv25.com.