Fleur-de-Links - Nov. 28th: Packers Get Cheesed by Falcons

The Packers let us down, but the Ravens came through. The Dirty Birds remain atop not only the NFC South but also the NFC with their 9-2 record. We're now tied with the Bears for the second best NFC record at 8-3. I keep waiting for the luck to run out in Atlanta, but that hasn't happened yet. These Falcons are pretty damn good. At least we finally managed to separate ourselves from the Bucs. Can there be any doubt that the NFC South is the best division in football this year?

Lots of interesting games around the league today. Did you see the brawl that happened in Houston? That looked like a UFC fight. Andre Johnson landed a few good punches in that one. A link to the video is after the jump.

TWEETS:

JonVilma51 Gona watch all my fellow canes ball out today,,, gota remind everyone where swag came from!

reggie_bush Come on Green Bay! Need a win out of you today! Lol!

j_bushrod7475 At cracker barrel about to do damage #dontjudgeme

HeathEvans Shopping w/ the wifey for a dress for a foundation event tomorrow night! I love shopping! (in a heavily sarcastic voice)!

alexbrown96 Are the Falcons the luckiest team in the league??? Damn it GB!!

HeathEvans The girls just asked if they could take this home?#fb http://yfrog.com/jc3z80j

alexbrown96 I have NEVER cheered for the Packers so much....

GoSaintsNation Typical Falcons win 20-17. This team always keeps it close, but finds ways to continually avoid losing. Ugh. Let's hope Ravens fare better.

alexbrown96 This team has a rabbit's foot u know where!!!!

dmpressley To me that was pretty cheap by Johnson.... #Messedup

dmpressley Everybody is sad cuz Falcons didnt lose today. So!? We r the team to beat!!! I'd love for is to be the ones to get the job done..

usama_young28 Enjoyed a couple days with my little sis @thomasina_319 and my bros in Indy. I love bein with fam. Time to get back to work!

Official_Saints Congrats to former Saints OL Willie Roaf for being named a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2011 today!

T_Porter22 Yeah rite RT @chris16iu: Tonight if I don't see any #espn highlights of the best team in the #NFL I'm going to boycott GO #falcons !!

T_Porter22 I'm so ready to get back to football...I'm going insane...losing my mind

jeffduncantp Yes. He wrote the foreward. RT @MnkysThrwngDrts: What's Duece's role on Wednesday? Is he signing your book too?

 

SAINTS:

New Orleans Saints' offense arrives in time for the holidays | NOLA.com
Drew Brees has thrown for 300-plus yards in 4 of past 5 games

Saints’ defensive end Smith charged with domestic abuse - New Orleans Saints - SunHerald.com
New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith was arrested Saturday in Louisiana after he was accused of grabbing his wife’s hair and pulling her down the street.

Racquel Smith Says That Will is "innocent in all this" " Saints Gab
"My husband and I are fine and this was all bs. Please allow the legal system to take its course. I feel bad for my husband who is innocent in all of this and all my family. Pray for my family and don’t pass judgement. We are are strong couple, Love conquers all and thats what we have. Its just so sad that he is in the public eye and everything is magnified. I love you @iwillsmith! Please who dat fans support our family through this time."

Black (and Gold) Friday
When I woke up at the crack of dawn this morning, hangover be damned, I had a little motivation to hit up all those fabulous sales. His name is Malcolm Jenkins and he reminded me that all things are possible, even shopping before the sun comes up and spending money you don’t have. Malcolm Jenkins is the star of my new holiday movie: "Miracle on Jerry Jones St."

Will Smith Arrested for Domestic Violence, will smith wife
Nola.com reports, "In a Twitter feed that appeared briefly on Saturday before it was taken down, Racquel Smith called the situation a "huge misunderstanding." If that doesn’t sound like a quote from a Lifetime movie starring Valerie Bertinelli, I don’t know what does. The whole thing just makes me sick…

 

NFL SCOREBOARD:

Rapid Reaction: Falcons 20, Packers 17 - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The Falcons are 9-2 and no team in the league has more wins. This was the kind of victory -- against a very good team -- the Falcons needed if they truly want to be viewed as the class of the NFC.

Superlatives on the Atlanta Falcons - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The Falcons now have played a franchise-record four straight games without a turnover.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New York Giants - Recap - November 28, 2010 - ESPN
"That was something that we needed," Coughlin said. "We needed to rise up and have a finish like that. We're all aware of the circumstances that we're in, that the division is in, that the conference is in, and we needed to keep pace."

Minnesota Vikings vs. Washington Redskins - Recap - November 28, 2010 - ESPN
"Did I expect to run for a first down? I haven't expected to run for a first down in quite a while," Favre said, smiling. "It was 10 yards? Really? It felt like 50. But we needed that win."

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Johnson, Finnegan ejected for fighting "
Tempers boiled over midway through the fourth quarter, and Texans WR Andre Johnson and Titans CB Cortland Finnegan were ejected. After exchanging words — and shoves — on the previous play, the two got into it at the line of scrimmage when Finnegan jammed his hands into Johnson’s face mask.

Falcons nip Packers, stay ahead of Saints | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
"I have no plans of going to Lambeau Field in January," Atlanta receiver Roddy White said. "I plan on staying right here and sleeping in my own bed in the playoffs."

Atlanta Falcons edge Green Bay Packers 20-17 | NOLA.com
They keep their perch atop NFC leaderboard

Times-Picayune's NFL Week 12 predictions | NOLA.com
Expert panelists make their picks

 

LAGNIAPPE:

Christmas Charity Drive For The Boys & Girls Club | Who Dat Dish | A New Orleans Saints Blog
WhoDatDish.com is calling out the entire Who Dat nation to donate money this holiday season to a very worthy cause, The Boys & Girls Club. To enable all

Denver Broncos blanketed San Francisco 49ers with apologies, source says - ESPN
Before the Denver Broncos' videotaping incident became public Saturday, owner Pat Bowlen had personally called San Francisco 49ers owner John York to apologize for his team's actions, according to a source familiar with the situation.

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