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Official_Saints The Saints need 219 yds Sunday to break the NFL record for most yds in a season (7,075 - Rams in 2000)

Official_Saints Graham has 1,213 rec yds this season & Gronkowski has 1,219. NFL record for a TE is 1,290 (Kellen Winslow Sr. 1980)


ZachStrief Can't wait to see my cats play this weekend!! Get em ready @coachfitz51 !!

Mark_Ingram28 Enter to WIN #BCS National Champ tix for u & 3 friends & help @HeathEvans fight #ChildSexualAbuse! Raffle tix $2-Pls RT celebritiesforcharity.org/raffle/bcs-cha...

Official_Saints Vote for Brees for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week! nfl.com/fedex #Saints

wwltvsports Is it time to move on from the Curse of the Black Pants? Saints are 3-0 in all blacks, 5-0 when wearing black pants this season.

wwltvsports SP on home-field adv: "I think it's a great home venue. I think it's loud. I think it's inside. I think all those things are constant. "

Official_Saints Payton said Ingram (toe), Moore (hamstring) & Gilmore (toe) did not practice today.

wwltvsports Payton on Ingram: "It's a setback. Got to wait until it's healthy. It's real simple."

JeffDuncanTP Payton said he feels several defenders are deserving of Pro Bowl consideration this year. Mentioned Will Smith, Vilma, Greer & his safeties.

scottshanle Just to update I will not b doing the Hooters radio show tonight on veterans blvd..defensive meetings running late today

LHolderCBS #Saints INJ: DNP - Ingram, Moore, Gilmore; Limited - Vilma, Jenkins; Full - Robinson, Casillas.

JeffDuncanTP For those asking about the Saints' 2012 opponents story, the NFL tweaked the schedule rotation a few years ago to re-pair the AFC West.

JohnnyPatrick32 We had another great day of practice.....

JonVilma51 In more important news, panthers come to town sun n their offense is pretty dam gd....we got r work cut out for us

JeffDuncanTP Final day in the #Saints media room 2day, home to the local media corps since '95. Club moves us to a new room 2mrow at the traning facility

JonVilma5 Facebook pics were great...I'm giving away 2tix to this weeks game to whichever pic gets the most likes by 5pm tomm. Gdluck!

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From the Saints Sideline

Reports from Wednesday:

Brees Says There Are Still "Plenty of Goals" for this Season | neworleanssaints.com
Wednesday's press conference.

Payton won’t rest starters vs. Panthers | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles.

New Orleans Saints starters won't take day off against Carolina Panthers | NOLA.com
Mike Triplett - Coach Sean Payton wants to keep team's momentum heading into the playoffs.

New Orleans Saints' injury list includes Lance Moore, Jon Vilma | NOLA.com
James Varney - Free safety Malcolm Jenkins also does not practice.

Thursday's Late News:

New Orleans Saints tailback Mark Ingram suffers setback with toe injury | NOLA.com
Mike Triplett - Lance Moore, John Gilmore also miss practice; Jonathan Vilma, Malcolm Jenkins return on limited basis.

Saints sit WR Moore, two others during Thursday’s practice | wwltv.com
Bradley Handwerger - Receiver Lance Moore missed practice once again, resting his injured hamstring that he re-tweaked in Monday’s win over Atlanta.

Saints game against Panthers about maintaining current run | wwltv.com
As the Saints prepare for Sunday’s regular season finale against Carolina, one word comes to mind that could pretty much sum up this week: maintaining.

Forecast: Comparing the '09 and '11 Saints | wwltv.com
Ralph Malbrough - How can we compare the 2011 New Orleans Saints with version from two years ago that won a Super Bowl? How similar are they? How are they different?

Darren Sproles: Best free-agent signing? - NFC South Blog | ESPN.com
Pat Y. - I've written many times, including earlier Thursday, that New Orleans Saints running back/return man Darren Sproles has turned out to be the best free-agent signing of 2011.

Darren Sproles has shot at history - NFC South Blog | ESPN.com
Pat Y. - We've talked a lot this season about New Orleans running back/return man Darren Sproles and how he might be the best free agent signing of 2011.

On Drew Brees' night, the New Orleans Saints did a lot of things well: Film study | NOLA.com
Jeff Duncan's weekly breakdown of the Saints game.

More record numbers for New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees | NOLA.com
Mike Triplett - Brees continued to climb NFL all-time passing charts on Monday night.

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Lagniappe

New Orleans Saints 2012 opponents have been determined | NOLA.com
Jeff Duncan

Tyrone Hughes to appear at Saints Hall of Fame Museum prior to Panthers finale | sportsnola.com
Ken Trahan

NFC South can't stop the YAC - NFC South Blog | ESPN.com
Pat Y. - With the New Orleans Saints at 12-3 and on a seven-game winning streak, it's hard to find many weak spots.

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V-Roll Roll Call

NFL Videos: Panthers vs. Saints Preview | nfl.com
A preview of the Week 17 match up between the Panthers and the Saints.

Video: NFC 411 - NFC South Blog | ESPN.com
ESPN.com bloggers Dan Graziano (NFC East), Kevin Seifert (NFC North), Pat Yasinskas (NFC South) and Mike Sando (NFC West) analyze the NFC.