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Season's Greetings to you!  Whatever your season is (football, basketball, baseball, hockey, NASCAR, tennis, UFC, winter solstice, etc.), may it be filled with joy.

Season's Readings to you, too!!  Let's get right to it as you can read the most current season's news heading into the season's most SEASONALLY SIGNIFICANT GAME OF MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL.  

Saints vs Falcons coverage

Saints vs Falcons preview

The Falcoholic


jgoody76 We bout 2 go get in the bed with the kids so the cant get up early. Sorry for ya RT @Missmj3: My kids still up! (cont)
dmcallister26  #teaminsomnia on Christmas Morning. WHeRe Ya At?
alexbrown96 Merry Christmas to all..... Let us all be thankful and understand how blessed we are..
karimarbrown Merry Christmas to everyone! I hope that you all receive lots of love and happiness ;) thats what's important ;) God Bless!
BillyMiller83 I must be raising bats kids finally went to bed!
jeffduncantp Merry Christmas to all. My Saints Christmas column: A new Saints tradition. (see below - Doubleheader becomes tradition for New Orleans Saints, families)
scottshanle @jeffduncantp great job! loved the article!!! merrry christamas
T_Porter22 Just woke up to this rainy christmas day, but I'm thankful I woke up! About to watch Mari open her gifts then off ...
j_bushrod7475 Merry Christmas to my twitter homies!!!
reggie_bush Merry Christmas everybody
scottshanle Merry Christmas everyone!!! Have a wonderful day
j_bushrod7475 Bout to get up and see what SANTA got me!!!!!
ivory_29 Merry Christmas!!
ivory_29 Enjoy this very special day
iWillSmith I Want to Wish Everyone a Merry Christmas!!!
T_Porter22 Sooo I bought myself a gift for Christmas yesterday, had it wrapped...didn't open it til today and guess ...
LanceMoore16 I just want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. Hope you have a blessed day with your family and friends. Now its off to work for me!
jeffduncantp To all of the folks who received "From Bags to Riches" for Christmas. Thanks for the kind regards. I sincerely hope you enjoy it.
TylerLorenzen Merry Christmas! Such a special time. I hope everyone is making their Christmas a wonderful one!
HeathEvans Jesus is the reason for the season! He gave the ultimate gift for you! Try to out-give someone today! Merry Christmas!!#fb
reggie_bush Just left the Bridge House Food give away for the homeless here in New Orleans.

From the Saints Sideline

New Orleans Saints tailback Chris Ivory remains limited; receiver Robert Meachem and defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove upgraded to full participation |
Mike Triplett - Ivory said he felt better Friday than he did Thursday

New Orleans Saints' secondary ready to fight against Atlanta Falcons |
Mike Triplett - Defensive backs receive boxing gloves as Christmas gift from coaches

Saints DBs have a fighting spirit heading into Atlanta | | Eye on Black and Gold
Bradley Handwerger - Christmas is a season a giving and with that in mind, the Saints’ defensive coaches decided the defensive backs needed a not-so-subtle reminder that New Orleans is still in a fight for the playoffs.

Even before Twitter controversy, Atlanta Falcons receiever Roddy White was on New Orleans Saints' radar |
Mike Triplett - White leads the NFL in receptions and receiving yards.

New Orleans Saints Notebook: Focus on stopping Falcons TE Gonzales |
Brian Allee-Walsh

New Orleans Saints defense tackles recent problems |
James Varney - Atlanta Falcons boast No. 7 rushing attack.

Saints’ Graham showing signs of being great TE |
Les East

Saints TE Graham breaking out in rookie season | | Eye on Black and Gold
Bradley Handwerger - When Jimmy Graham was a junior at the University of Miami and playing basketball and nothing else, his only thought was finding a way to make his future.

Meachem, Hargrove upgraded to full on Saints’ injury report | | Eye on Black and Gold
Bradley Handwerger - Receiver Robert Meachem and defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove were upgraded to full Friday on the Saints’ latest injury report before Monday’s showdown with at Atlanta.

What To Look For |
Staff report on statistical milestones that may be reached in Monday's game.


Falcon's Eye View

Saints at Falcons: 3 key matchups  |
D. Orlando Ledbetter - Three key match-ups 1. Saints RB Reggie Bush vs. Falcons SLB Sean Weatherspoon: Since the Saints drafted Bush in 2006, they have posted a 7-2 mark against the Falcons.

Jerry still battling back from knee injury  |
D. Orlando Ledbetter - Falcons defensive tackle Peria Jerry , the team's first-round draft pick in 2009, has not fully recovered from the knee injury that caused him to miss most of his rookie season, and it shows.



NFL fines Falcons' Biermann $15K  |
AP - Sixteen players, eight in each conference, were fined Friday by the NFL for illegal hits, including Atlanta defensive end Kroy Biermann and Cincinnati linebacker Dhani Jones, each docked $15,000.

Doubleheader becomes tradition for New Orleans Saints, families |
Jeff Duncan - Pickup football game with the kids now beloved ritual.

Final Word: NFC South | NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. - Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 16.  


V-Roll Roll Call


NFL Videos: Playbook: Saints vs. Falcons |
Can the Falcons clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC? Playbook breaks down the Saints-Falcons showdown.

Video: Sharper on NFL Network |
Saints Team Cam from Total Access