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New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton had some trouble keeping his team focused before their game at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Sunday — though it wasn’t due to a fault of his own.
The fire alarm rang out all throughout the stadium for about 15 minutes on Sunday ahead of the Saints’ dominant 51-14 win against the Bengals — including in the Saints’ locker room.
Payton wasn’t having it. Apparently he wasn’t willing to simply wait it out, either.
Instead of just ignoring them or waiting for the alarms to be shut off, Payton tracked down the alarm in his locker room and smashed it.
The Saints declined to comment on the situation after the game, and it’s unclear if Payton will face any penalty for damaging the alarm.
The Bengals said after the game that they have been in contact with local authorities, and it’s still unknown why the alarms were set off in the first place.
“We are aware of this situation and have been in touch with the authorities, but have nothing more on it at this time,” the Bengals said in a statement to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
The early excitement, though, clearly had no impact on the Saints on Sunday.
Quarterback Drew Brees went 22-of-25 through the air for 265 yards and had three touchdowns, and Alvin Kamara ran for two touchdowns, giving the Saints their eighth straight win.
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