Fleur-de-Links: January 13, 2012

TWEETS:

It's warmer out here in San Fran than it is back home in NO... Just how we like it!

Just arrived in San Fran a little while ago. The game will be here before we know it. Study time and a good night's rest

Eminem picks the Saints to win the Super Bowl!!!

White jerseys, gold pants RT what color uniform tomorrow? Gotta make sure the right laundry is clean!
You only live once, that's the motto

Jason La Canfora
We shall see if Gregg Williams ends up back with Jeff Fisher as his DC, and who ends up as the OC. Dirk Koetter may be an option there

Adam Schefter
As reported on ESPN at the top of the hour, Jeff Fisher has agreed to coach the Rams.

Crawl before you walk.....


Johnny Patrick
Man I am so excited about tomorrow....

Grandmaster Wang
Pawler Deen has the diabeetus? THE HELL YOU SAY! Next thing you know, somebody's gonna tell me she's got the clap too.

RT : If there's a Chipotle in San Fran, will find it lol.< Going in a little bit lol

New Orleans Saints
VIDEO: Locker Room Interview

Jeff Duncan
Just touched down in San Francisco. Sun & a bluebird sky. Should be ideal playing conditions for tomorrow's game.

New Orleans Saints
VIDEO: talks about facing the Saints offense in practice

Grandmaster Wang
That's hot. RT : Why yes, I did just run my child out to the school bus in my pajamas with bare feet.

New Orleans Saints
It's ! REPLY with who you think is the scariest Saints player to face on the field & why?

Adam Schefter
Best weekend of football all year.

Just arrived in San Fran a little while ago. The game will be here before we know it. Study time and a good night's rest

Headed to the hotel in San Fran.. Ready to rest, adjust to the time difference, & take care of business.

Johnny Patrick
Love Cali because they have those in and out burgers..

Just finished our walk-thru @ Candlestick! Talk about the history here, goosebumps walking on the field that so many greats have before you!

Landed. ALL business.

Landed safely in the Bay, now time to ghost ride tha whip!! Lol, thank you for the many prayers!!

In and out burger here I come!!

SAINTS @ 49ers:

New Orleans Saints & San Francisco 49ers release final injury report - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
The New Orleans Saints will play Saturday in the divisional playoff against San Francisco without tight end Joe Gilmore (toe) and wide receiver Lance Moore (hamstring), according to the team's final injury report. Three other players - linebacker Jonathan Vilma (knee), safety Roman Harper (ankle) and wide receiver Robert Meachem (knee) are probable after being listed by Coach Sean Payton...

Harbaugh's Niners ready for blitz-happy Saints - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Jim Harbaugh's new offensive system exposed the team to humiliation in the preseason opener against New Orleans. - National Football League news

Three-and-out: 49ers hope for home cooking vs. Saints
A brief lookahead to the divisional round's New Orleans-San Francisco game. - USATODAY.com

Saints Have Advantage In Playoff Experience | Fox News
Center Jonathan Goodwin has been going around San Francisco's locker room offering bits of veteran insight here and there. Playoff knowledge, Saints knowledge.

Saints-49ers Divisional 2011 - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
Visit Saints-49ers Divisional 2011 - NFL Nation Blog for information, in-depth analysis and discussion about Saints-49ers Divisional 2011

NFC West penalty watch: Saints-49ers ref - NFC West Blog - ESPN
One NFL head coach rated John Parry as the league's best referee for a confidential survey back in 2008. San Francisco 49ers fans might recall Parry

Final Word: Saints at 49ers - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The great outdoors: There has been a lot of talk about how New Orleans’ offense is built for a dome and doesn’t play as well outdoors. But some numbers dispute that. According to ESPN Stats & Information, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees completed 61.9 percent of his throws of 21 yards or more down field during the regular season when playing outdoors. In indoor games, Brees completed only 50 percent of his passes of 21 yards or more.

Sorry, no plans to soak field at Candlestick - NFC West Blog - ESPN
I didn't get to this question during the chat because I didn't have an air-tight answer. But according to NFL officials, the league sends a representative from its football operations department to each stadium. The official visits the stadium the day before the game to review field-maintenance plans with the team.

Putting wrap on 49ers' playoff preparations - NFC West Blog - ESPN
"I'm pleased with our preparations, confident in our plan, happy with the way the players prepared," Harbaugh said. "Our team goes into this game confident and bold, and with a great amount of respect for the New Orleans Saints -- a great amount of respect for who they are, what they do, what they are capable of."

Payton Impressed with 49ers' "Opportunistic" Defense

Saints-49ers Style Clash for the Ages | NBC San Diego
It's been a long time since a matchup like this.

NFL Videos: Surprise in San Francisco?
Will the stellar 49ers defense be able to contain Drew Brees and the high-powered Saints offense? LeSean McCoy, Torry Holt and Willie McGinest discuss the NFC divisional matchup.

49ers Coach's Notebook: Jan. 12

49ers Offense Primed for Playoffs

49ers know the importance of their home-field advantage - Inside Bay Area
The 49ers worked hard to get the No. 2 seed so they could rest up for the second round of the playoffs.

Forgotten matchup: Saints defense vs. 49ers offense - New Orleans Saints - SunHerald.com
METAIRIE -- The focus on Saturday’s divisional playoff game is between the high-powered New Orleans offense and stingy San Francisco defense.

49ers must avoid giving Saints extra possessions
Two of Jim Harbaugh's messages to his heavily neophyte playoff team were revealed this week, and they seem, at least superficially, to conflict with each other. No. 1, as originally described by 49ers receiver Michael...

Saturday's Divisional Playoff Matchups: The Old and the New - NYTimes.com
When examining this weekend's playoff games, it does only so much good to look back.

49ers think Sproles is so good, it’s almost unfair | ProFootballTalk
Almost immediately after the lockout ended, the Saints traded Reggie Bush to Miami and signed Darren Sproles to replace him, in what may have been the most significant personnel move of the entire 2011 NFL offseason.

San Francisco 49ers 'loose and focused' preparing for New Orleans Saints - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
San Francisco to give red rally towels to Candlestick fans

San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle could be major block for New Orleans Saints in playoff - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
DT has good read on Saints' offense

New Orleans Saints Jonathan Vilma expected to play vs. San Francisco 49ers - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Safety Roman Harper more involved; WR Lance Moore still does not practice

New Orleans Saints Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams focused on stopping the San Francisco 49ers in playoff game - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Williams says he has not had talks with Jeff Fisher

Place your bets on Saints, Patriots, Texans and Giants | Philadelphia Daily News | 01/13/2012
Saints (-3) over 49ERS: Give Jim Harbaugh credit for taking San Francisco from 6-10 to 13-3 in his first season. But sit down while we put the Niners season under the microscope. They won the NFC West, the worst division in the NFL. Big Deal! Beating the

Predictions for Saturday's NFC divisional playoff game - 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

49ers notes: Saints a self-assured bunch _ and why not? - 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

49ers vs. Saints: Five key matchups - 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

49ers must stop Sproles, Saints' little engine
Vic Fangio, the 49ers ' defensive coordinator, wishes that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had stepped in when the Saints signed free-agent running back Darren Sproles in July. "I can't believe they got him for the cheap...

49ers' Ray McDonald says he'll be ready for Saints
It appears that Operation Pressure Drew Brees will have Ray McDonald operating at close to full strength after the defensive tackle sustained a hamstring injury in San Francisco's season finale at St. Louis on Jan. 1....

Saints may not be in a dome, but they feel at home
As a member of one of the NFL's most prolific offenses, dubbed "the Greatest Show on Turf," former Rams wide receiver Torry Holt is an expert on the issues facing record-breaking, pass-happy dome teams when they play...

Around the NFC South - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Although there has been speculation that he could be moving on once his contract expires at the end of the season, New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams said he is focused only on Saturday’s game with San Francisco.

Hakim Drops the Ball!: Unimpressed Breesus understands Bill Barnwell's logic

Here Come Some Very Manly Divisional Playoff Picks | NBC San Diego
Saints/49ers. Nothing at stake here, folks, except THE SOUL OF THE NFL. Here you have arguably the NFL's finest defense going up against the NFL's hottest offense. And if the Saints win this game by 42 points, it's gonna be hard not to wonder if defense really matters anymore. Seriously, if the league's best defense is helpless in the face of a prolific passing attack that's been artificially boosted by ticky tack penalties, then what's the point of having a good defense? Why not invest heavily in having an offense that scores 50 points a game and make defense a low priority? Call me a pollyanna, but I think the Niners' defense stands up for all defenses and at least keeps the Saints honest. SAINTS 20, NINERS 19.

(Satch note: what the hell is this douche talking about? Getting a boost from ticky tack penalties? Did he do ANY research before making such a statement?

Saints Nation: Scouting the 49ers, Playoff Edition | January

LAGNIAPPE:

Payton endorses Kromer for Rams' job - NFC South Blog - ESPN
New Orleans coach Sean Payton confirmed reports Thursday that offensive line coach Aaron Kromer will interview for the job as head coach of the St. Lo

New Orleans Saints play-caller Pete Carmichael could land on head coaching short lists - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Carmichael wants a top job, 'someday'

Greer, Weatherspoon get recognition - NFC South Blog - ESPN
In this Insider post, Pro Football Outsiders has its All-Pro team Insider and I like this one a lot better than the one put out by The Associated Press.

VIDEO:

DB Tracy Porter's Locker Room Interview 1/12/12

LB Jonathan Vilma's Locker Room Interview 1/12/12

HC Sean Payton's Press Conference 1/12/12


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