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Saints’ dream ends

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“Being the first black coach to lead this team, of course our players knew about it and they wanted to help us make history,” Smith said after a 39-14 rout of the New Orleans Saints for the NFC championship Sunday. “So I feel blessed to be in that position.

“I’ll feel even better to be the first black coach to hold up the world championship trophy.”

To do that, the Bears will have to beat the Colts in two weeks in Miami. Indianapolis rallied to defeat New England 38-34 for the AFC crown.

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