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Fleur-De-Links Saturday, January 15: Divisional Weekend Is Here!

Is it Mardi Gras yet?  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Is it Mardi Gras yet? (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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And sadly, the Saints are not.

We have survived the first weekend of the offseason, which to me is the roughest. For the first time in a long time we had to deal with a Saints loss without the next game's immediate opportunity to fix it and bounce back with a win.

We're reduced to focusing on the Saints/NFL offseason pursuits and following the rest of the playoffs with whatever interest we can generate through whatever manner of origin - hatred of a specific team or teams, the desire to see the team that ousted the Saints do well, or picking a favorite to follow from the field.

Make the jump to read about today's playoff games, a couple of Saints/NFC South bits, and some tweets from our boys.


ChaseDaniel Chris Rock is killin it on #comedycentral right now! Posted at the house with @tylerlorenzen laughing our ass off!
T_Porter22 Eating breakfast w/ @tpwife n @bighapp and watching spongebob w/ my angel/twin
JonVilma51 i got some tweets about the lockout. we dont want it, its the owners who are forcing it on us. Fans, make yourselves heard u have a voice!
T_Porter22 Everything for me is moving in the right direction and I feel great...brushed all the negative ppl off and gained more positive ppl.
T_Porter22 On another note: it amazes me how a 2 year old can work an iPod touch better than me lol smh
HeathEvans @JonVilma51 Send them to
usama_young28 Road trippin it with big bro.... No clue where we're goin. We're just ridin
usama_young28 Ridin through Montgomery, Bama.... Watup MLK

Your Guess Is As Good As Theirs

Times-Picayune's NFL panelists' divisional-round predictions |
Newspaper's experts make their picks.

Saturday's Matchups

Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens expect intense, physical game |
Associated Press - Matchup long defined by defenses.

Ravens-Steelers III: Savor the moment - AFC North Blog | ESPN
James Walker

Ravens-Steelers III: Reed over Polamalu? - AFC North Blog | ESPN
James Walker - There are a lot of opinions about the talents and accomplishments of Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu and Baltimore Ravens counterpart Ed Reed.

Final Word: Ravens at Steelers - AFC North Blog | ESPN
James Walker - Three nuggets of knowledge about Saturday's Ravens-Steelers divisional game.

Atlanta Falcons glad game vs. Green Bay Packers isn't history lesson |
Associated Press

NFC Divisional Playoffs -- Packers-Falcons: 5 things to watch | espn
Jason Wilde

Packers-Falcons ‘what if's' |
D. Orlando Ledbetter

Final Word: Packers at Falcons - NFC South Blog | ESPN
Pat Y. - Three nuggets of knowledge on Saturday's playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons.

From the Saints Sideline

Saints Offense Decisions - Part II - WWL | AM870 | FM105.3
Kristian Garic

Ex-Saint Lewis set to visit Lafayette, Baton Rouge |
Advocate news services.

NFC South Carolina Panters Report

Inside the Panthers: Panthers looking at Gruden? |
Darin Gantt

REPORT: Panthers interested in hiring Gruden; Meeks likely to return in reduced role |
Steve Reed