For the first time in history, the NFL broadcasted a playoff game on Nickelodeon, with a program targeted towards children. When the news broke earlier in the week that the Bears vs. Saints Wild Card matchup would be the historic NFL game to debut on the same network that is responsible for the long-running cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants, multiple Saints chimed in, including head coach Sean Payton.
Payton pledged to "get slimed" earlier this week in a press conference prior to the playoff clash. True to his word, Payton was slimed postgame, but was not the only Saint to be "slimed" on Sunday. The Nickelodeon broadcast shot "slime cannons" in the end-zone for every touchdown scored in the Wild-Card clash. Thus, leaving Michael Thomas, Latavius Murray and Alvin Kamara to join their Head Coach in getting slimed. However, for the players the "sliming" was virtual while Payton was awarded with a full bucket of slime postgame.
New Orleans advances to the NFC's Divisional Round of the 2021 playoffs with the victory and will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 5:40 p.m. CT next Sunday. Nickelodeon will not be carrying the broadcast which should save both NFC South Rivals from being slimed virtually or in person.
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