3 New Orleans Saints that popped off in the Wild Card round vs Chicago

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C.J. Gardner-Johnson, S/CB

It’s hard to imagine a game where the Saints play the Bears and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson doesn’t lead a Bears’ receiver to punch him in the face. The last time these two teams played, he egged Javon Wims on so bad he hit him in the helmet.

This time, Gardner-Johnson got Anthony Miller to hit him in the face.

In both of the situations, it led to the receivers getting ejected from the game. Whether it was a deserved ejection or not, the Bears, who were already short-staffed at receivers, were down another one.

On top of his antics leading to edges, Gardner-Johnson also led the team in tackles on Sunday with seven. This is significant. While spending most of his time as a cornerback in the slot, Gardner-Johnson was all over the middle of the field on Sunday.

If he can contribute to the defense at that level, then the Saints have a huge shot at winning the Super Bowl. However, just looking at this game, Gardner-Johnson played a big part in why the Saints are on their way to play the Buccaneers.