Fleur-de-Links Friday, December 24: Making a List and Checking It Twice

Ho, Ho, Ho, Falcons! I've got some strength of character in my sack for you to help you cope with losing to the Saints on MNF. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)

Merry Christmas Eve to one and all. Happy post-Hanukkah, post-Solstice, pre-Kwanzaa, or however you observe the season.  I just hope you are enjoying this fine holiday season.  

I am on my first day of Christmas Vacation (woo-hoo!!!  no work til January 3!!!), and I'l be filling in for the sensational David "Satch" Kelly while he's circumnavigating the great state of Alabama, visiting his family.  Safe travels and Happy Holidays, Satch!!!

Today's F-D-L brings you lots of lists - injury lists, lists of Tweets, lists of reasons the Saints are sure to win, lists for reasons the Falcons will not lose, and lists of links to plenty of Saints news and notes.

Make the jump down the chimney and curl up with some milk and cookies as you gaze over the laptop at the roaring fire every now and again as you read the latest and greatest...

Saints vs Falcons coverage

The Falcoholic


jgoody76 Lol RT @Jmack37: Can carolina atleast PINCH the scoreboard
HeathEvans Thx @Pierre_Thomas for helping to raise funds for the @HeathEvans Foundation @ Saki Cafe tonight! Great event w/ a great teammate!
whodatfdnfl @MalcolmJenkins   @Pierre_Thomas  @reggie_bush  @sharper42 @T_Porter22 get word out who dat chant in ga dome after national anthem
T_Porter22 I wanna wish all my followers and #whodat fans a Merry Christmas.
drewbrees Christmas Eve is here! I want to hear everyone's unique family traditions. Ex: Like watching National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, etc.
LanceMoore16 Hoping that everyone has a great Chrismas eve today!
jeffduncantp Pretty sure he'll be skipping Roddy White's house RT @espn4d: Best Follow Friday of the year: @NoradSanta Tracks the jolly fat man's journey


From the Saints Sideline


Playing Santa for the New Orleans Saints | neworleans.com
Brian Allee-Walsh passes out gifts to the Saints staff and players.


Falcons Want What The Saints Have - WWL - AM870 | FM105.3
Kristian Garic

Saints mixed in response to Falcons trash talk on Twitter | wwltv.com | Eye on the Saints
Bradley Handwerger - Anthony Hargrove and Reggie Bush both called Roddy White’s trash talk on Twitter motivation. No one else in the Saints locker room cared and that includes starters Will Smith, Alex Brown and Malcolm Jenkins.

Saints can get into playoffs with win…or Tampa Bay loss | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
Bradley Handwerger - Of all the scenarios that could put the Saints into the playoffs this weekend, winning Monday at Atlanta is certainly the one sure-fire way.

Saints face a Falcons team unbeatable at home as of late | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
Jim Henderson - The Saints venture into a building where the Falcons have never lost this season and where their quarterback has ever lost once.

Saints to play for pride at Falcons | neworleans.com
Brian Allee-Walsh

Greer, Roby practice fully for New Orleans | 2theadvocate.com
Sheldon Mickles' Thursday notebook

New Orleans Saints' Jabari Greer practices; Chris Ivory limited | NOLA.com
James Varney's Thursday notebook.

Falcons like last season's Saints? | 2theadvocate.com
Sheldon Mickles

Atlanta Falcons' Matt Ryan stays under radar, but just keeps winning | NOLA.com
Mike Triplett

Saints-Falcons Preview | neworleanssaints.com
Staff report

12 players begin week on injury report for Saints | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
Bradley Handwerger

New Orleans Saints injury report Thursday: CB Jabari Greer is full | NOLA.com
James Varney

New Orleans Saints tailback Chris Ivory still not feeling 100 percent | NOLA.com
Mike Triplett - Hopes to play Monday vs. Atlanta Falcons, but hamstring still feels tight.


Falcon's Eye View

How They See It: Pundits’ Picks | atlantafalcons.com
Daniel Cox - Each week, AtlantaFalcons.com contributing writer Daniel Cox examines the NFL experts and their Falcons picks and compiles it all to see who believes the most in the Atlanta Falcons. Six pundits remain tied for the best record at 12-2.

Gonzalez contemplates his retirement decision  | ajc.com
D. Orlando Ledbetter -- Falcons notebook.

Falcons have their early draft board stacked | ajc.com
D. Orlando Ledbetter – The month of December is always a busy time for Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and the rest of the team's personnel staff.

Depth Chart for Saints: Babineaux earned bragging rights | ajc.com
D Orlando Ledbetter: When the Babineaux Brothers hit the golf course this offseason, Jonathan will have bragging rights over his brother Jordan. Mom.

Wing Tips: Week 16 | atlantafalcons.com
Jay Adams - From stats to trends, there are plenty of facts, figures and numbers surrounding the Falcons each week. Some of those figures might surprise you.



Falcons' White regrets tweet about Katrina | 2theadvocate.com
Associated Press

New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons preview capsule | NOLA.com
Associated Press

Grimes Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week | atlantafalcons.com
Jay Adams

Biggest NFL games of Week 16 by ESPN.com's John Clayton - ESPN.com
We are Game # 2 in the article.

Strength vs. strength: Ryan against the blitz - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Pat Y. may be suggesting that it's not wise to blitz Mr. Ryan.

NFL headed for troubled waters of labor strife | neworleans.com
Rene Nadeau

No surprises as Pittsburgh Steelers rout Carolina Panthers 27-3 | NOLA.com
AP story - Poor Caroina - steep decline is painful, isn't it? We aren't that far removed form 2005's 3-13 season, and I feel for the Panters and their fans.


V-Roll Roll Call 

Video: Accuscore on Saints-Falcons - NFC South Blog - ESPN.com
Accuscore analysis on possible outcomes for the New Orleans-Atlanta matchup.

NFL Videos: Week 16: Saints vs. Falcons Preview | nfl.com
A preview of the Week 16 matchup between the Saints and the Falcons.

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