Saints News, 1/6/14: For Saints, It Was Always About Getting Another Shot At Seattle

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Saints players and coaches seem eager for another Seahawks matchup after getting embarrassed by them just over a month ago. Coach Payton shouldn't have any difficulty getting his players motivated to perform at their best this week once practices begin tomorrow. Bradley Handwerger of sums it up well, "Payton won’t have to change sweats or Gatorade color or add extra sauce to the beefy mac this week. He’ll just have to put on loop video of that Dec. 2 loss at Seattle."



Saints Prepare for Seahawks

For Saints, it was always about getting another shot at Seattle | New Orleans
Nearly five weeks ago, Curtis Lofton sat at his locker beneath CenturyLink Stadium in Seattle, a pained look painted across his face. He didn’t talk that night but that picture said everything you needed to know.

New Orleans Saints remember the 'sting' from Seattle - ESPN
PHILADELPHIA -- Sean Payton's message to his New Orleans Saints after their brutal 34-7 loss at the Seattle Seahawks last month: Remember the sting. B

Early Analysis of Saints at Seahawks
The forecast for Saturday afternoon in Seattle calls for a temperature in the mid 40's with a 100 percent chance of rain and lots of it.


Seahawks Prepare for Saints

Seahawks preparing for these Saints, not those Saints
Just because the Seahawks won easily over the Saints on Dec. 2 doesn’t mean Saturday’s rematch at CenturyLink Field sets up as replay in their divisional-round playoff game.

Seattle won't expect similar game vs Saints -
The Saints will make their second visit to Seattle on Saturday for the divisional round of the NFC playoffs and face the top-seeded Seahawks. Carroll says he's noticed the Saints running more in recent weeks after having run just 17 times in the first meeting.

Saints vs. Seahawks: Remembering a Monday Night Massacre - Field Gulls
This past year has been amazing for me at Field Gulls.

Pete Carroll tells Seattle Seahawks to forget earlier win vs. New Orleans Saints - ESPN
Pete Carroll said that the Seahawks' 34-7 blowout victory over the Saints six weeks ago doesnt mean a thing now for Saturday's playoff game at CenturyLink Field.

Seahawks look to repeat December domination of Saints - Football Wires -
SEATTLE - Seahawks coaches planned to spend the weekend beginning preparations for their playoff opponent the minute the matchup was set.

Seahawks vs. Saints: Some in national media line up against Seattle | Take 2 | Seattle Times
What does national media say about the New Orleans’ Saints – and Seahawks – after the Saints’ narrow NFC wild-card victory over the Philadelphia Eagles? A lot, it turns out. Most acknowledge that the Saints have a difficult road ahead, traveling to Seattle to face the top-seeded Seahawks, the NFL’s best defense, predicted rainy weather […]

Monday links: Saints aware of CenturyLink challenge | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The Seahawks will be back to work in earnest today, beginning preparations for Saturday’s playoff game against the Saints. It’s a rematch of one of Seattle’s marquee wins of 2013, a 34-7 win over the Saints on Dec. 2. This time, though, the Saints are vowing it will be different, as detailed in our story for...

710 ESPN Seattle Audio: Pete Carroll talks divisional-round with "Brock and Danny"
Pete Carroll discusses the Seahawks' divisional-round matchup with the New Orleans Saints with 710 ESPN Seattle's Brock Huard & Danny O'Neil.


Other Saints News

Saints run game comes up big in win over Eagles | New Orleans
New Orleans’ first road playoff win began with Mark Ingram running right past a Philadelphia defender on his way to a 17-yard gain.

Forecast: I'm confused, the Saints lost the turnover battle and won a road playoff game? | New Orleans
By Ralph Malbrough. The reason I’m confused is people keep telling me the Saints just won a road playoff game in Philadelphia after Drew Brees threw two interceptions, the Saints ran for 185 yards,

Saints’ snap counts: Wild-card round - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
A look at the New Orleans Saints' snap counts from Saturday’s 26-24 playoff victory over the Philadelphia Eagles: OFFENSE (72 snaps): Quarterb

Darren Sharper compares New Orleans Saints defenses - ESPN
PHILADELPHIA -- I ran into former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper after the Saints’ 26-24 playoff victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Playoff win gratifying for Payton - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton brushed off a specific question Saturday night about how gratifying his team’s 26-24 playoff victory over t

Graham: From unemployed to playoff hero - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
When Shayne Graham was sitting at home last month, hoping for a phone call that would put him back to work, he insisted that he still envisioned himself...

Game ball for New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson - ESPN
The first road playoff victory in New Orleans Saints franchise history meant a game ball for longtime owner Tom Benson, who purchased the Saints in 19

Sean Payton lauds his Saints for ‘great team win’ | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
The Saints’ last-second, 26-24 win at Philadelphia on Saturday night meant much more to coach Sean Payton than never having to talk again a…

Mickles: Saints show road may not be too bumpy | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Road woes? What road woes? Laughing in the face of a perceived inability to take their high-powered offensive show out of the Mercedes-Benz…

Birds & fans ready to move on
After disappointment of Saturday, there is more hope than regret.

Mark Ingram deserved breakout performance - ESPN
Mark Ingram deserved that. He earned it. His 97-yard rushing performance in the New Orleans Saints' 26-24 playoff victory over the Philadelphia Eagl

Terron Armstead performs well in his first-ever playoff game - Who Dat Dish - A New Orleans Saints Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Terron Armstead performs well in his first-ever playoff game

Walt Handelsman celebrates Saints’ historic win | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Cartoonist Walt Handelsman has fun with magic markers and Saints’ playoff win over the Eagles on Saturday.…

Playoff Flashback, Jan. 24, 2010: NFC championship game, Saints 31, Vikings 28
Garrett Hartley's kick sent Saints to their first Super Bowl

PFT Live: Saints playing with confidence | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio chats with Jeff Duncan of The New Orleans Times-Picayune about the Saints’ wild card win over the Eagles and their rematch against the Seahawks in the divisional round.


NFL News

Rob Ryan deserves a chance to interview for head-coaching jobs | ProFootballTalk
It’s unclear why. The obvious — and perhaps most accurate — reason is Rob’s appearance. From the Sons of Anarchy hair and beard to the snake-digesting-a-medicine-ball profile, few owners will be willing to embrace Rob Ryan as the man in charge of the team.

Lovie Smith: We have a place for a great cover corner | ProFootballTalk
When Lovie Smith was announced as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there were some who wondered what the arrival of a coach who likes to run Cover 2 would mean for cornerback Darrelle Revis, who has long preferred to be in a scheme asking him to play man coverage.

Arthur Blank wants the Falcons to be tougher | ProFootballTalk
When the first offseason move of a team that missed the playoffs is to fire both line coaches, the implication is clear.But Falcons owner Arthur Blank made it clear, saying his team needed to be tougher.

Dolphins fire Mike Sherman | ProFootballTalk
Mike Sherman is out as offensive coordinator in Miami. Dolphins coach Joe Philbin announced today that he has fired Sherman after two years on the job. "I would like to thank Mike for his contributions to the Miami Dolphins," Philbin said in a statement distributed by the team.



VIDEO: New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan on Saints win in Philly - NFL Videos
New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan gets a wake up call from "NFL AM" to talk about the Saints win against the Philadelphia Eagles along with the challenges going up against the Seattle Seahawks during the Divisional Round Weekend

VIDEO: One on One with Mark Ingram
New Orleans Saints senior writer John DeShazier chats with RB Mark Ingram after his strong performance in the team's 26-24 NFC Wild Card win against the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday, January 4, 2014 (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Marques Colston: O-Line did a great job vs Eagles
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston talks with reporters after the team's NFC Wild Card win against the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday, Januar 4, 2014 (New Orleans Saints video)

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