Fleur-de-Links: January 12, 2012

TWEETS:

DC Gregg Williams speaking with the media

New Orleans Saints
Payton on Pierre Thomas: "He is a durable player & one of those guys who does a lot of things well. He is very intelligent."

New Orleans Saints
S Harper (ankle) & LB Casillas (knee) were limited at practice today

New Orleans Saints
Payton said WR Moore (hamstring), TE Gilmore (toe), LB Vilma (knee) did not practice today

I Am about to to be in the ✈air soon, I need good music to listen to.. 💿 any ideas?

Johnny Patrick
And does anyone know a good Resturant in San Fran????

New Orleans Saints

Jeff Duncan
It'll be a game-time decision but my guess is Moore plays.

Jeff Duncan
RT : Hot Read blog: Media getting no glimpse of 49ers at practice; Vilma, Moore sit out Saints’ session

Jeff Duncan
Sean Payton said RB Mark Ingram had successful toe surgery last week & is expected to participate in the club's offseason program.

New Orleans Saints
Payton confirmed OL Coach Aaron Kromer will interview for the St. Louis Rams HC opening

Jeff Duncan
RT : LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne has decided to enter the NFL draft.

Congrats to my boys Trent Richardson and Dre Kirkpatrick on declaring for the NFL draft!!! Y'all will have much success at the next level!

New Orleans Saints
Rita: "From CES in Vegas. On my way to San Fran. I stopped in Vegas to see the latest and greatest in everything e

People of mediocre ability at times achieve outstanding success b/c they don't know when to quit.Most succeed because they are determined to

New Orleans Saints
Harper talks about facing the 49ers (VIDEO)

New Orleans Saints
Our followers voted the best Saints tweeter & we want to help recognize him for it....

My son woke up, looked at me, and said "CHRISTMAS COOKIES!" But he gave me no frame of reference.

Jabari Greer
So, I thought about it, looked at him and said "EASTER EGGS!" He looked confused, so I asked, "Holloween Candy?"

SAINTS @ 49ers:

Justin Smith on Saints offense: "They’re not Houdini out there" | ProFootballTalk
Standout 49ers defensive end Justin Smith has a healthy respect for the Saints offense. He says guards Carl Nicks and Jahri Evans are the toughest group he'll face all year. Smith says the Saints uniquely keep opponents guessing with play calls because of their underrated running game.

Time for Saints' defense to step up - NFC South Blog - ESPN
For two full seasons now, Drew Brees has been showing up for games with a kid brother in tow. We’re talking about the New Orleans Saints&rsquo

Keefe To The City: NFL Divisional Round Picks " CBS New York
The five days between playoff games for the first two rounds feel like forever. And there's only so much hype and so many predictions you can read about to fill the void. Neil Keefe went 3-1 in his wild-card weekend picks, but looks for perfection in the divisional round.

Hakim Drops the Ball!: Unimpressed Breesus respects Kendall Hunter

New Orleans Saints safety Roman Harper practices on limited basis, receiver Lance Moore remains out - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Linebacker Jonathan Vilma is also held out of team drills

Return men returning for 49ers
SANTA CLARA -- Tight end Delanie Walker, who will not play Saturday due to a fractured jaw, is the only 49ers player who did not take part in at least limited practice on Wednesday.

Play action key for Saints, 49ers - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Off play-action, Brees threw for 14 touchdowns and four interceptions while compiling a 113.4 NFL passer rating.

Saints and 49ers making history - NFC South Blog - ESPN
It will mark the first time an offense that averaged at least 34 points per game in the regular season will play a postseason game against a defense that allowed fewer than 15 points per game since the 1950 NFL Championship Game.

Playoff Capsule: Saints at 49ers

PFT’s division-round picks | ProFootballTalk
I've conceded the season picks title to Rosenthal, in part because I have to. There are seven games left and I'm eight games behind and we once again agree on three of the games for the upcoming weekend. So congratulations, Rosey. You win the prize, whatever the prize may be.

Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints look to prove they can win outdoors vs. 49ers - Jim Trotter - SI.com
1. This is football's version of the Irresistible Force meeting the Immovable Object.

Roster talent, new GM and coach make for San Francisco 49ers' turnaround - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Rookie General Manager made a hiring coup, and it all came together for 49ers

New Orleans Saints players determined to play despite injuries - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
When it comes to battling the 49ers, it's all hands 'on deck'

San Francisco 49ers come into game against the New Orleans Saints fairly healthy - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Alex Smith has been picking the brain of former Saints starting center Jonathan Goodwin all week

49ers notes: Saints aim to give Brees a clear view of receivers - Sacramento Sports - Kings, 49ers, Raiders, High School Sports | Sacramento Bee
Get Sacramento sports scores on the Sacramento Kings, San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, and Sacramento high school sports at The Sacramento Bee

'Lights out' only for the Saints, mayor vows
As the 49ers prepare to face the New Orleans Saints in their Saturday playoff game, city and Pacific Gas and Electric Co. officials announced Wednesday that they have run several tests to prevent another blackout at...

San Francisco 49ers notebook: Vernon Davis starting to feel comfortable in offense - Inside Bay Area
Tight end gets past initial frustration, finds comfort zone

Strength vs. Strength - New Orleans Saints - SunHerald.com
METAIRIE -- New Orleans enters Saturday’s divisional round playoff game at San Francisco on a roll and looking to reestablish itself as the king of the NFL.

49ers relying on workhorse Gore | PressDemocrat.com
SANTA CLARA — When the 49ers opened training camp in late July, Frank Gore had a contract that made him unhappy and a repaired hip that had knocked him out of the final five games of 2010. By the end of the regular season, he owned the 49ers career rushing record and the first playoff berth of his seven-year NFL career.

Breakout moments for 49ers' rookies | PressDemocrat.com
SANTA CLARA — If the 49ers are going to beat the New Orleans Saints this Saturday, they're going to need big games from their big rookies.

LAGNIAPPE:

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive To win one game: Brady or Brees? "
NFL Blogs on NFL.com is the only official NFL blog destination for the latest NFL news, NFL fantasy football news, NFL player news, NFL team news, and NFL breaking news.

Falcons vow to make the changes needed to win a Super Bowl | ProFootballTalk
After losing their first playoff game for the second straight year, the Falcons say they're beginning their offseason by setting their standards higher than ever.

Best hands in the NFC South? - NFC South Blog - ESPN
We have a tie when it comes to the best hands in the NFC South. New Orleans’ Marques Colston and Tampa Bay’s Preston Parker each had a 97

Around the NFC South - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Let’s take a look at some of the top Thursday headlines from around the NFC South. Fair warning up front that this is going to be a bit heavy on

VIDEO:

QB Drew Brees' Press Conference 1/10/12

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