Fleur-de-Links: Saturday, January 19

Keep your eyes on the prize. - Jonathan Daniel

Your daily collection of Saints and NFL-related news, analysis, opinion, commentary, and whatnot. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Conference Championship Weekend is here!

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Finally made it to Birmingham. What's going on tonight?

Bout to see what’s going on downtown in Charlotte

I got a apartment down here so for a lol min

Dat bih say she don’t understand me

Nice lil crowd here

Man I don't know all the facts or exactly what is going on but this Te'o story is bizarre and weird as hell!!

What’s the score ": Did not expect his Thunder/Mavs game to even be close"

Te'o denies involvement in hoax, but based on initial article he provides no details

So the Te'o interview lasts 2.5 hours, but publishes 32 words from Te'o proclaiming his lack of involvement in hoax.

Atlanta has truly spoiled cuz when i go out anywhere else I can’t vibe smh

Ppl still wear Ed hardy

I don’t even kno if I said that right

Dyoungpablo handing the ruzzle whippings out

Bruce Boxleitner now hocking a hair thinner product that works like a pepper shaker. For shame, Scarecrow!

This bih jus spilled liquor all over my Tim’s security!!!!

F*** the NFL, Te'o is media savvy enough to be a politician.

She liked to got rock bottom lol

Amazingly, Manti Te'o told ESPN that he wasn't convinced until Wednesday that Lennay Kekua never existed.

And you thought FedEx Field was in a bad state in the post-season:

. raffle to help & Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts: 4 Super Bowl tickets, hotel/airfare covered

"Jeez guys, he SEEMS to be telling the truth!" -Every goddamn reporter that was duped by Te'o's story to begin with

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The Road to the Super Bowl

Michael Crabtree of San Francisco 49ers' questioned in sexual assault case | ESPN.com
Associated Press - Police are investigating a sexual assault allegation involving 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree, authorities said Friday.

49ers' statement on Crabtree investigation | ESPN.com
Mike Sando - San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke released the following statement Friday night regarding a sexual-assault investigation involving top receiver Michael Crabtree.

John Abraham, Jonathan Babineaux questionable for Atlanta Falcons | ESPN.com
Associated Press - The Atlanta Falcons plan on having defensive end John Abraham ready to lead their pass rush on Sunday in the NFC title game.

Chandler Jones, Danny Woodhead of New England Patriots listed as probable | ESPN.com
Mike Rodak - New England defensive end Chandler Jones (ankle) is one of five Patriots players listed as probable for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Atlanta Falcons' 2013 Super Bowl hopes hinge on slowing Colin Kaepernick | NOLA.com
Nakia Hogan - Falcons host the 49ers in Sunday's NFC championship game.

San Francisco 49ers hope to ride their first three-game win streak to Super Bowl 2013 | NOLA.com
Mike Triplett - 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh uses clever motivational tactic to help inspire team's best performance at right time.

Rob Ninkovich finds niche with New England Patriots | FOX Sports on MSN
Alex Marvez - Patriots have another steal in big-play DE Ninkovich. Rob Ninkovich finds niche with New England Patriots.

Final Word: 49ers at Falcons | ESPN.com
Pat Y. - Five nuggets of knowledge about Sunday’s NFC Championship Game between the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons.

Final Word: 49ers at Falcons | ESPN.com
Mike Sando - Five nuggets of knowledge about the NFC Championship Game matchup Sunday between the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome.

Final Word: Ravens at Patriots | ESPN.com
Jamison Hensley - Five nuggets of knowledge about Sunday's AFC Championship Game.

Final Word: Ravens at Patriots | ESPN.com
James Walker - Five nuggets of knowledge about Sunday's AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium.

Lookin' Good, Ravens Maniac | Kissing Suzy Kolber
Christmas Ape

NFC, AFC championship game picks from the NOLA.com staff | NOLA.com
Doug Tatum - Falcons-49ers kick off at 2 p.m. Sunday; Patriots-Ravens at 5:30 p.m.

PFT’s Championship Game picks | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio - After Saturday's games, it looked like we'd be Thelma-and-Louiseing our way to an 0-4 weekend.

Always Be Covering: Championship Sunday and the Top Chef Disaster | Kissing Suzy Kolber
Unsilent Majority's game picks.

Super Bowl 2013 reverberating through the New Orleans economy | NOLA.com
Mark Waller - Every Super Bowl inspires lofty talk about what it means for the economy of the host city.

Super Bowl Recipe Month: Beer Cheese Soup and Kielbasa Potato Bake | Kissing Suzy Kolber
Sarah Sprague - You’re cruising along at the end of the regular season, through divisional weekend and then suddenly it hits you, holy hell, there are only three football games left.

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NFL Coaching Carousel

Panthers promote Shula to offensive coordinator | wwltv.com
Associated Press - The Panthers have named quarterbacks coach Mike Shula as their new offensive coordinator and promoted two other assistant coaches.

Pep Hamilton agrees to become offensive coordinator of Indianapolis Colts | ESPN.com
Chris Mortensen - Pep Hamilton, whose official title for Stanford was "Andrew Luck Director of Offense," has agreed to become Luck's offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts, according to league sources.

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Lagniappe

‘NFL Films Presents’ Video: Best Shots of 2012 | nfl.com
Someone watch this seven-minute vid and tell us if the Saints made any of the 'Best Shots of 2012'.

Notre Dame's AD is encouraging Manti Te'o to speak publicly | NOLA.com
Associated Press - There is no timetable for Te'o to address the hoax, but Notre Dame has suggested he do so soon.

ESPN interviewed Manti Te'o off-camera, adding to the oddity | NOLA.com
Associated Press - Skeptics have questioned why Te'o never said his relationship was with someone online and why he waited almost three weeks to tell the school about being duped.

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