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Fleur-de-Links: Thursday, December 29 - Happy Birthday, Sean Payton!


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

Official_Saints Vote for Brees for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week! #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!


From the Saints Sideline

Reports from Wednesday:

Brees Says There Are Still "Plenty of Goals" for this Season |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
Jeff Duncan's weekly breakdown of the Saints game.

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



New Orleans Saints 2012 opponents have been determined |
Jeff Duncan

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

NFC South can't stop the YAC - NFC South Blog |
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.


V-Roll Roll Call

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

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