Fleur-de-Links: January 9, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 07: Darren Sproles #43 of the New Orleans Saints runs with the ball on his way to a touchdown against the Detroit Lions during their 2012 NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 7, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

TWEETS:

Dome Field Advantage: A look at how the Saints put together the most successful home season in team history:

Jeff Duncan
Good point. Not true road game, tho. RT : All this talk a/b Saints not winning a playoff game outside ... SB XLIV doesn't count?

The grind never stops. Doing everything I can to get myself back on the field. Long, tiring days will pay off. Hope everyone has a good day
Learn from your mistakes, no matter how much we try to forget our past, your past is still going to follow you...

Listening to the radio & I got a question for the ladies..if bad boys ain't NO good & good boys ain't NO fun, what y'all gonna do?! Lol..

deuce mcallister
Taking all bets for tonight going with the SEC by 7

Championship prediction 23 20

Check me out on "news with a twist" on WGNO. I'll be talking the new saints playoff motto. "Don't talk about it! Be about it!"

Help those in Alabama rebuilding from 2011 storms. Text your pick, ALHOME or LSUHOME to 50555 to donate $10 to

the BEST spot on south beach to watch the game tonite! 1425 alton rd...i'll be there (maybe) lol

New Orleans Saints

Smith: Brian VanGorder has accepted the defensive coordinator job at Auburn University.

These responses are hilarious...but I think its best that I stay out of this fight...ill let mark_ingram28 and Devery take the heat

Another great day of weather, even tho it look like it may rain..

Johnny Patrick
Got me exited about the game tonight.....

Chris Ivory
Believe in yourself no matter what the doubters/ critiques say..

Chris Ivory
Another freezing 10mins. in the cold tub..

Johnny Patrick
Who is in new Orleans that is from out of town for the game? Y'all need to go home the city is over booked lol...

It's game day!!!!! ROLLLLLLLLLL TIIDE ROLLL!!!!

New Orleans Saints
Here - RT : - where can i buy tickets for saturday's game in san francisco?

Well Deserved!!": We won the Bride's Choice Awards 2012! That means we are in the top 5% of Wedding Pros nationwide."

Johnny Patrick
I am not going towards downtown area tonight... Its going to be to packed....

Chris Ivory
The dome is going to be crazy again today.. LSU/ BAMA GAME!

So what are everyone's thoughts for tonight's game???

Johnny Patrick
Ok my whole timeline has lsu winning...

Jimmy Graham
Bama fans keep screaming out "roll tide" to me! What does that mean?

SAINTS @ 49ers:

New Orleans Saints defenders admire SF QB Alex Smith's season - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
As the Saints prepare to travel to San Francisco to face the 49ers Saturday in a divisional playoff game, New Orleans defenders said much maligned San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith deserves credit for a fine season. For the most part, the 49ers fashioned their 13-3, NFC West division championship season around a solid defense. But no team gets this...

New Orleans Saints LB Jonathan Vilma conference call transcript - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma spoke with reporters this morning. Here is a transcript of that Q&A: Why is it possibly not valid anymore that the team's struggles on the road this season are behind them? "Obviously the playoffs are winner go home and teams are literally fighting for their lives. When you talk about win or go home, I...

New Orleans Saints are confident taking their show on the road - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Jabari Greer says team has established its identity

John Clayton's Last Call - ESPN
1. Can the Saints play as well in San Francisco as they did at home all season? No.

Saints marching on to San Francisco in playoffs - New Orleans Saints - SunHerald.com
METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints are still undefeated at home and have lost just three times all season. So, it might be a bit of nitpicking to say the road could be a potential downfall.

49ers focused on Saints all along
Coverage of the Pittsburgh Steelers football team from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Leading Off: 49ers need big game from QB, defense - 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

NFL Playoffs: Divisional Round Picks, Point Spreads, Over-Unders, Lock Pick, and TV Schedule
To kick off our Divisional Round coverage here at MSF, this post includes the spreads, the TV schedule, and Jerod's picks for each of the four games on this week's schedule. He went 4-4 against the spread last week. Can he do it again this week?

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh not worried about being an underdog against Saints - Inside Bay Area
The 49ers are a field-goal underdog saturday against the New Orleans Saints, but coach Jim Harbaugh isnt publicly using the oddsmakers line as a rallying cry

Answering five questions about the New Orleans Saints-San Francisco 49ers matchup - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
My analysis of the Saints for San Francisco-area paper

First look at Saints, 49ers - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Let’s kick off our advance coverage of Saturday’s playoff game between the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers with a quick glance

MORE ON LIONS @ SAINTS:

League says handling of end of Saints game wasn’t a mistake | ProFootballTalk
The NFL has acknowledged that the Saints got a fifth down, but the league believes that no mistake was made.

NFL wild-card weekend: Four quick takes from the first round - The League - The Washington Post
From Detroit’s inability to do the basics against the Saints to Tim Tebow’s shocking win over the Steelers, here are four observations from Wild-card weekend.

How Tebow and His Helpers Beat Man Coverage - NYTimes.com
It helped that New Orleans’s interior offensive line – headlined by what is far-and-away the game’s best guard tandem in Carl Nicks and Jahri Evans – dominated Detroit’s interior defensive line.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Audibles at the Line: Wild Card Weekend

Teams have to pick their spots against the New Orleans Saints: film study - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Jeff Duncan's weekly breakdown of the Saints game

NFC Games Turn on Key Fourth-Down Calls | NBC San Diego
In New Orleans, Sean Payton elected to go for it on fourth down three different times in a close game despite the fact that failure would greatly enhance Detroit's chances of pulling off an upset. The Saints converted all three attempts, and all three drives ended in touchdowns that pushed Payton into the next round.

Dome Field Advantage

Matthew Stafford vows Lions will be back in playoffs | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com
There was embarrassment, annoyance and even a bit of denial in the Lions' dressing room after they were shoved out of the playoffs by the Saints, 45-28. But there also was healthy resolve, and open declarations they'd be back. And this time, I think those sentiments are real, because the talent is real, which makes the opportunity real.

What they're saying about Lions' playoff exit | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com
Observations and tweets about the Lions and their loss to the Saints on Saturday.

Lions corner Aaron Berry feels bad about blasting fans on Twitter | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com
As the Lions cleaned out their lockers for the season Monday, cornerback Aaron Berry also tried to clean up the controversy he created on Twitter.

LAGNIAPPE:

New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will be free agent after the season; could leave to join Jeff Fisher? - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Williams and Fisher have been close friends for years

Brees Named Finalist for FedEx Air NFL Player of the Year

VIDEO:

VIDEO: Saints Showdown in San Francisco

NFL Videos: Meachem preachin'
Saints WR Robert Meachem joins "Around the League" to discuss the team's offensive proficiency and what the keys are to its continued success.




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