Fleur-de-Links: Saturday, January 5

Last year at this time, Saints Superfans were getting amped up for the WC vs. Detroit. - Kevin C. Cox

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints and NFL news, analysis, opinion, commentary, and whatnot. TODAY'S HEADLINE: WILD CARD WEEKEND IS HERE!!!!!!

Be sure to come back and join our Wild Card Saturday Open Thread at 4:15 pm Eastern Time!!

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Twitter

Gamedy bucket go boom

With delays and a bunch of craziness... 17 hours later we reach our final destination... but g

My guy is that dude! Love what you’re doing and how much you love !

Lol Kobe just rocked em

Ok cp3 what u gone do

On the real though when the bulls get d rose back they gone be a problem in the east

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Update about & Times-Pic from editor Jim Amoss

Source says Eagles will interview Syracuse coach Doug Marrone in Arizona this weekend, before or after Chip Kelly...

Had a epic pillow fight las night/this am, it wasn fair tho complete domination

Saban: "I don't have any unfinished business in the NFL. ... It's not something I'm concerned about. It's not even anything I want to do."

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From the Saints Sideline

Did The Saints D Pick Up Spags' New Scheme? I Hope Not! - WWL - AM870 | FM105.3
Deke Bellavia

Feelin' the Brees: New Orleans Saints' offensive stats through Game 16 | NOLA.com
Dan Swenson - A final look at the Saints' top five offensive playmakers for 2012.

Film of the NFC South chat - NFC South Blog | ESPN.com
Pat Y - Let’s take a team-by team look at some of the highlights.


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Wild Card Weekend

NFL Wild Card Saturday: What to watch | NOLA.com
The NFL playoffs are finally upon us. Here are six things to watch -- three for each of Saturday's wild card games -- as the postseason battles begin.

Don't expect Super Bowl XLVII to be win by a twentysomething QB | NOLA.com
Jeff Duncan - Look for Brady, Manning and Rodgers to shine.

AWD's NFL Playoff Predictions | theangrywhodat.com
I even got all fancy and s*** with some MS Paint action #bling. (HansDat note: wonder if AWD will like his placement next to his fave nola.mediagroup.commer, JD)

Wild Card Weekend memories - photo essay | NFL.com
Jim Reineking - From the greatest comeback to the "Music City Miracle," the wild-card round has produced some of the seminal moments in NFL history. Take a look at some classic images from the opening round of the NFL playoffs. (HansDat note: wonder if 'Hakim drops the ball' makes the list?)

Flem File: forecasting the potential stars of NFL playoffs postseason | ESPN.com
David Fleming

Always Be Covering: Wild Card Picks, Seattle Hate and Top Chef | Kissing Suzy Kolber
Unsilent Majority

Super Bowl Recipe Month: White Chicken Chili and Deli Chopped Salad | Kissing Suzy Kolber
Sarah Sprague - HansDat note: worth it for the clever intro about watching the playoffs when your team is not in them.

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Lagniappe

Chip Kelly, Cleveland Browns very close to deal | NFL.com
Dan Hanzus - NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Friday that University of Oregon coach Chip Kelly is close to a deal to become the Browns' next head coach, according to a source informed of his situation.

Andy Reid agrees to 5-year deal to coach Kansas City Chiefs | NOLA.com
Associated Press

Passing on Russell Wilson proved fateful - Adam Schefter's 10 Spot | ESPN.com
QB-needy Bills, Jaguars and Chiefs glossed over solution in 2012 draft. (HansDat note: OMG this is rich!! Schefter calls those teams out for not taking Russell Wilson in the 3rd round. What a hack.)

Rex Ryan Has A Tattoo Of His Wife Wearing A Mark Sanchez Jersey | deadspin.com
Barry Petchesky - As the media waits patiently at Florham Park for comment on one of the all-time worst and weirdest seasons ever, Rex Ryan is just living it up in the Bahamas.

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