Fleur-de-Links Thursday, December 30: Happy 10th Birthday New Orleans Saints First Playoff Victory!!

Will Raheem scream as much as Smitty did on Monday night? We'll see. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Ten years ago this very night, Brian Milne, Aaron Brooks, Willie Jackson, Jim Haslett, Ron Zook, and crew made their mark in the Saints history book with a huge Wild Card win over the defending Super Bowl Champ St. Louis Rams.  

Do you remember where you were? It was a great moment that allowed us to enjoy 2009 even more, and helps us move forward to the 2010 playoffs with much zeal. Please join in the remembrance and share your 2000 Wild Card Win memories in the comment section below.

Today's news includes rewind coverage of that fateful 2000 NFC Wild Card win, Colston's knee surgery, the team injury report, scouting reports, previews, Duncan's Film Study, Wang and Ralph's articles, and much, much more.

Make the jump to dig in!

 

Buccaneers vs Saints coverage

Buccaneers vs Saints preview

Bucs Nation

Twitter

drewbrees Alright, so who has big New Year's plans? Let's hear them
BillyMiller83 Do you guys follow anyone on twitter right now that you want to unfollow but don't because they might notice? If it's me it's cool! LOL
LanceMoore16 Congrats to my teammates @drewbrees jahri evans and carl nicks for being name to the pro bowl. But nobody from our d. Come on now!!! #robbed
jeffduncantp Payton said he gave the team off from practice on Wed. because he feels the time off at this time of year is important after a Monday game.
jeffduncantp Payton on if he will be scoreboard watching on Sunday. "No. We're doing everything in our power to get our 12th win. Period."
alexbrown96 Congrats to my dude @bobbymccray for signing with the Eagles!!! Go get it in bro....
jgoody76 Woman up! Lol RT @takenby76: Even though @jgoody76 got the frog out I still can't use that bathroom. I'm kinda (cont) http://tl.gd/7qmkak
miketripletttp Sean Payton said Colston had arthroscopic surgery to clean up right knee, but he hasn't been ruled out this week and shouldn't be out long.
wwltvsports Payton on Colston surgery: "I don't want to diminish the scope, but they just cleaned up some loose bodies"

 

From the Saints Sideline

New Orleans Saints receiver Marques Colston had arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday, but hasn't been ruled out of Sunday's game | NOLA.com
Mike Triplett - includes today's injury report from practice.

Payton: Saints WR Colston had knee scoped | neworleans.com
Brian Allee-Walsh

Saints WR Colston has surgery on right knee | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
Bradley Handwerger - Saints wide receiver Marques Colston had arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday to clean up some "loose bodies" in his right knee, Head Coach Sean Payton said Thursday.

Saints Ball Catchers Banged Up - WWL | AM870 | FM105.3
Dave Cohen

Saints Place Roby On IR, Sign Arrington - WWL | AM870 | FM105.3
Staff report

Saints place KR Roby on injured reserve, promote WR Arrington from practice squad | neworleans.com
Brian Allee-Walsh

Saints wide receiver put on injured reserve | 2theadvocate.com
Sheldon Mickles

New Orleans Saints scouting report: Tampa Bay Buccaneers | NOLA.com
Staff report - Breaking down the Bucs.

Saints-Buccaneers Preview | neworleanssaints.com
Staff report - Game, series and broadcast information. Quite possibly the most significant nugget from this piece: Box office manager Justin Varnum previously worked in the Buccaneers ticket office before coming to New Orleans.  

Tampa Bay Buccaneers fighting for playoff berth vs. New Orleans Saints | NOLA.com
James Varney - Coach sees young team as hungry, focused.

Tampa Bay running back LeGarrette Blount says he has no regrets | NOLA.com
James Varney - He was suspended at Oregon after the incident.

Forecast: Are Saints better off on the road in playoffs? | wwltv.com
Malbrough: The flu totally destroyed me this week but I did sort of enjoy being in bed and watching TLC’s ‘Extreme Couponing’. (Ralph, I know I echo other CSCers when I wish you well and express hope that you are "game-ready" by Sunday - we need you on the field!)

White Trash -or- Dead Fly The Birds | moosedenied.com
Wang makes you BELIEVE!

Don't look for Saints to rest starters - NFC South Blog - ESPN.com
Pat Y. - No matter what's happening Sunday in the Superdome or the Georgia Dome, New Orleans coach Sean Payton doesn't plan on resting his starters.

Both defenses were exceptional in the New Orleans Saints game against Atlanta: Film study | NOLA.com
Jeff Duncan's weekly breakdown of the Saints game.

 

From the Crow's Nest

Bucs face dynamic opponent in Saints QB Drew Brees | tbo.com
Ira Kaufman - Preparing for Drew Brees twice a season has given Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris a deep appreciation for the Pro Bowl quarterback of the New Orleans Saints.

Bucs LB Hayward named team's Man of the Year | tbo.com
Roy Cummings - Tampa Tribune - Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker and special teams standout Adam Hayward received the team's Man of the Year award for 2010, making him a nominee for the NFL's prestigious Walter Payton Man of the Year.

Bucs' Blount, Williams two of a kind | tbo.com
Roy Cummins - Tampa Tribune - Ask receiver Mike Williams who the NFL's offensive rookie of the year should be and he'll tell you running back LeGarrette Blount. Ask Blount who deserves the award and he'll tell you Williams.

Despite neck brace, Bucs' Graham says injury not a concern | tbo.com
Bucs fullback Earnest Graham says he is wearing a neck brace as a precaution, and that his injury is not career-threatening.

Why They Play the Game | buccaneers.com
Wednesday Notes: Raheem Morris says it's challenges like the one Drew Brees presents his defense twice a year that make playing and coaching in the NFL enjoyable.

 

Hakim Drops the Ball!!! (somewhere, Kevin Held is smiling...)

Video: HAKIM DROPS THE BALL!!!! - Canal Street Chronicles
SaintsfaninNC (Todd, I think) posted this earlier today, so go to it for some warm fuzzies, and realize that no matter how great that was, it was just a prelude to the awesomeness of the 2009 New Orleans Saints.

AUDIO: WWL Saints Radio Color Analyst Hokie Gajan Recalls ''Hakim Dropped The Ball!'' - WWL | AM870 | FM105.3
Chris Miller

Audio Gallery - Classic Call | neworleanssaints.com
Rams WR Az-Zahir Hakim fumbles a punt and FB Brian Milne recovers it at the STL 11-yard line, thereby sealing the Saints' first playoff win, 10 years ago tonight. 

New Orleans Saints 2000 playoff win: Brad Milne made the play of the game for the Saints | NOLA.com
Ted Lewis (can you dig the headline typo - Brad?...really?)

New Orleans Saints 2000 playoff win: Peter Finney's take on the game | NOLA.com
Today is the 10th anniversary of the franchise's first playoff win.

New Orleans Saints 2000 playoff win: Saints game plan against Marshall Faulk worked to perfection | NOLA.com
Ted Lewis

New Orleans Saints 2000 playoff win: Norman Hand vowed to stop Marshall Faulk | NOLA.com
Posted by Kevin Spain - original author unknown.

New Orleans Saints 2000 playoff win: Kurt Warner's late rally fell short | NOLA.com
Michael Smith

New Orleans Saints 2000 playoff win: Aaron Brooks led the team to victory | NOLA.com
Cary Phelps

New Orleans Saints 2000 playoff win: Sammy Knight was a star on defense | NOLA.com
Trey Iles

New Orleans Saints 2000 playoff win: Willie Jackson has a record day replacing Joe Horn | NOLA.com
Jim Kleinpeter

New Orleans Saints 2000 playoff win: Saints got the big break to earn first playoff win | NOLA.com
Jeff Duncan

 

Lagniappe

AUDIO: Drew Brees Wed Morning QB | WWL - AM870 - FM105.3
Saints quarterback Drew Brees joined Tommy Tucker this morning on WWL First News to talk about heading back to the post season after a thrilling win in the Georgia Dome.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers place WR Arrelious Benn on IR | NOLA.com
Associated Press - Rookie tore knee ligament in Sunday's game.

Saints Defense Stays Sound Even As Takeaways Drop | WWL - AM870 - FM105.3
Associated Press

Home Or Away_ Who Dat Nation Seeking Playoff Tickets - WWL - AM870 | FM105.3
Shana Rose

Who Are The Top 6 NFL Quarterbacks? | WWL - AM870 - FM105.3
Associated Press

Saints, Buccaneers by the numbers - NFC South Blog | ESPN.com
Pat Y. - The fine folks at ESPN Stats & Information just passed along some great stuff previewing both of this week's NFC South matchups.

Hitting the NFC South hot spots - NFC South Blog | ESPN
Pat Y's mailbag - the first three items are Saints-Falcons related.

NFC South getting some national play - NFC South Blog | ESPN.com
Pat Y. just went over to the506.com to check to see where this week's NFC South games will be televised. 

Checking injuries that matter most - NFC South Blog - ESPN.com
Pay Y. - With two big NFC South games -- Carolina at Atlanta and Tampa Bay at New Orleans -- coming up Sunday, let's take a look at the injuries of significance.

New Orleans Saints trivia and tidbits: Gone but never forgotten in 2010 | neworleans.com
William Taylor

2010: The Sports Year That Was | neworleans.com
Les East

Several New Orleans Saints players are Pro Bowl alternates | NOLA.com
James Varney

 

V-Roll Roll Call

Video Gallery | buccaneers.com
HC RAHEEM MORRIS PRESS CONFERENCE, 12/29

 

 

 

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