LIONS @ SAINTS:
Unlike regular season, Lions fully healthy for playoffs in New Orleans | ProFootballTalk
When the Lions visited New Orleans during the regular season, they were at far less than 100 percent. That won't be the case in Saturday's playoff rematch.
Saints could be without Lance Moore - NFC South Blog - ESPN
It looks like there’s a growing chance the New Orleans Saints might have to play their wild-card playoff game against Detroit without wide recei
New Orleans Saints are ready to battle Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Most of the attention in Saturday night's NFC wild-card playoff game between the Saints and visiting Detroit Lions will focus on quarterbacks Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford, and rightfully so. This will be the first time in NFL history two 5,000-yard passers meet in any game, much less a playoff contest. But if you want to see the real...
New Orleans Saints feel turnovers leaning in their favor - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Progress noted despite the drop-off from Super season
Drew Brees, Saints look to erase bad taste of last year's playoff defeat - Jim Trotter - SI.com
1. These teams played five weeks ago in New Orleans, with the Saints prevailing 31-17, but the Lions were shorthanded.
PFT’s wild card picks | ProFootballTalk
With matching 10-6 records in Week 17, I finished the regular season seven games behind Rosenthal. But there are still 11 games to go. (Counting the Pro Bowl, there are 12.) So I'm saying there's a chance. . . . For the regular season, Rosenthal is 169-87. I'm 162-94.
Lions rookie Titus Young pushes past petulance | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com
It was hardly the most notorious or violent personal foul ever committed during a game, but it became, at the time, another symbol of the Lions immaturity and lack of discipline.
Saints: Lions' Ndamukong Suh a 'dirty' and 'phenomenal' player | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com
Suh's play is top-caliber, but he's come under scrutiny for several questionable on-field acts this season, including his stomping on Evan Dietrich-Smith of the Packers after a whistle during the nationally televised Thanksgiving Day game.
Saints on the defensive - New Orleans Saints - SunHerald.com
METAIRIE -- The matchup between New Orleans and Detroit during the opening round of the NFL playoffs on Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome features a pair of top-flight offenses and two of the best quarterbacks.
N.F.L. Probabilities for Wild-Card Round - NYTimes.com
The Saints are solid favorites in this game. Despite a below-average defense this season, New Orleans has an offense that has been just too good to keep up with. A not-so-well-known but meaningful stat is that the Saints are best in the league at holding onto the ball, with just a 0.5 percent fumble rate. The Lions are at 1.9 percent, and the league average is 2 percent.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees' most impressive record still to come? - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
NFL Network rated Johnny Unitas' touchdown streak as one that will never be broken
Jimmy Graham, Darren Sproles make a rich New Orleans Saints offense even richer - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
After winning a Super Bowl, the challenge for most teams is keeping the core intact and avoiding a dropoff as key players age or become too expensive. The Saints' offense, however, has added firepower since its 2009 championship run, with tight end Jimmy Graham and tailback Darren Sproles emerging as two of the NFL's most dynamic players this season....
Feelin' the Brees graphic: New Orleans Saints' offensive stats through Game 15 - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
An illustrated look at how Drew Brees and the 12-3 New Orleans Saints' top five offensive playmakers have performed through Game 15 and during their 45-16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons last Monday night.
FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Quick Reads: 2011 in Review
Analysis: It's awfully clear who the top three quarterbacks in the league are, and all three were in the top three last year, too. If you're wondering, even if we go with DYAR per game, the rankings still go Brees-Rodgers-Brady.
Shotgun formation and the NFC South - NFC South Blog - ESPN
New Orleans’ Drew Brees led the NFL with a 70.3 completion percentage out of the shotgun formation, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Brees completed 256 of 364 passes for 3,164 yards with 23 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
49ers chat excerpts - Sacramento Sports - Kings, 49ers, Raiders, High School Sports | Sacramento Bee
KRAZYLEGS: Do you honestly think the 49ers have a shot against the Saints? We are talking about limiting their potent offense to 17 or fewer points, when they routinely put up 35-plus. BARROWS: Yes, I truly do. For one, the Saints aren't as good on the road. Two, the 49ers gave the Saints all they could handle last year. Three, I think the 49ers' coaches are very good, and giving them an extra week to prepare is a considerable advantage.