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Payton said 49ers HC Jim Harbaugh is clearly the NFL Coach of the Year "and there isn't a close 2nd"

New Orleans Saints
RT Brees has not thrown an INT in 215 consecutive postseason passes. Longest streak in NFL history

Jeff Duncan
49ers HC Jim Harbaugh on the conference call w/Nola media said the Saints are "scary good."

WWL-TV Sports
HC Payton on S.F.: "Formula has been outstanding defense. QB play, way Alex has progressed, has been impressive."
Jonathan Vilma
": I'll be there wearin your jersey! Given em hell!!! RT : Will my saints fans be out in san fran this sat??"boom

Jeff Duncan
RT : reporting that if Saints play GB in NFC Champ they'll go up early to Purdue to prax & prep for elements

Jeff Duncan
Harbaugh seemed irked by the question from the media regarding the preseason blitzes, "It's football. You're allowed to do that."

Jeff Duncan
49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said he took no offense to the Saints' blitzes in preseason: "That's who the Saints are. ... We ask no quarter."

New Orleans Saints
49ers HC Jim Harbaugh on a conference call with NOLA media said the Saints are "scary good." Says Saints LBs are the best they have faced

New Orleans Saints
NFL’s top offense (Saints/467.1 yds per game) will face the NFC’s best defense (49ers/308.2 yds per game) Saturday via

Johnny Patrick
It's time to go get better.....

Joshua Clement
Just wait until you get to celebrate with all the WHO DATS after the Saints win the Super Bowl!!

Mark Ingram
Now we getting better this week and preparing for San Fran!! all day everyday

Mark Ingram
The same fans who talked the MOST mess callin me tiger bait are the ones who feelings hurt I celebrated a great win with my former teammates

Mark Ingram
Y'all woulda did it again if LSU won last night, so I'm not sorry I'm excited Bama won and brought home the crystal ball!!

Lance Moore
Getting better today! U should do the same lol

New Orleans Saints
For only the 2nd time ('06) since realignment in '02, the final 8 teams in the NFL playoffs are division winners

Jeff Duncan
Former asst. a rising star. RT : Rams will interview Denver def. coordinator Dennis Allen on Thurs. for head-coaching job.

New Orleans Saints
Brees is going against Brady & Rodgers for the FedEx Air Player of the Year! Vote for Brees here:

Courtney Roby
Good Morning World...Thank you Lord for allowing me 29 Blessed years. I have so much to be thankful for, I am humbled & wish for many more!

cameron jordan
Las night was a good game defensively most people want high scores but I enjoy Watchin the defense side... Day startin let's go

SAINTS @ 49ers:

2011 Divisional Round: New Orleans Saints vs. San Francisco 49ers - NFL Playoffs - ESPN
Get Complete coverage of the 2011 Divisional games between the Saints and 49ers on

Double Coverage: Saints or 49ers? - NFC South Blog - ESPN
OK, so the New Orleans Saints' and San Francisco 49ers' head coaches won't be bonding over the phone this week. No problem. NFC South blogger Pat Ya

2012 NFL Playoffs -- San Francisco 49ers ready this time for blitz-happy New Orleans Saints - ESPN
Jim Harbaugh didn't call Sean Payton in August before the San Francisco 49ers played the New Orleans Saints, unaware of the gentleman's agreement between NFL coaches to talk before preseason games to agree on strategy.

Sean Payton Tuesday press conference updates, San Francisco week - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
His first look at San Francisco

New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton calls report of preseason blitzing against San Francisco 49ers "completely false" - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Report suggested that Payton was miffed because 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh didn't call him before game

New Orleans sports writer offers insight into Saints |
As part of our coverage of the upcoming divisional playoff game between the 49ers and Saints, The Press Democrat posed questions to Mike Triplett of The New Orleans Times-Picayune. Here are five questions and answers about the Saints plus a bonus question.

San Francisco 49ers notebook: New Orleans Saints' blitzing tactics in exhibition game no issue to Jim Harbaugh - Inside Bay Area
Paytons game plan reportedly grew out of perceived slight

Saints ready for road challenge - New Orleans Saints -
The next step toward a second Super Bowl championship has arrived for New Orleans.

Bad blood? 49ers questioning New Orleans Saints' aggressive preseason strategy - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Not much was made of it at the time but rest assured the storyline will be played and overplayed this week as the Saints prepare for their NFC Divisional playoff matchup with the San Francisco 49ers. Some of the 49ers were puzzled by the constant blitzing from the Saints defense in their 24-3 loss exhibition loss in preseason opener...

N.F.L. Divisional Matchups: What the Film Says -
This is far and away the most challenging test for the Saints’ offense thus far. New Orleans faced only two top-10 defenses (as ranked by yards) this season: Houston in Week 3 and Jacksonville in Week 4

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Wild Card Quick Reads
Does San Francisco have a chance of stopping this juggernaut? We may be able to find an answer in New Orleans' passing tendencies.

Saints Are Hot, but They Have Been Stopped | NBC San Diego
Rams were able to upset Saints in October by setting the tone defensively and sacking Brees six times.

Around the NFC South - NFC South Blog - ESPN
There’s a lot of talk about how the Saints aren’t as good on the road as they are at home as they get ready to head to San Francisco this weekend. No doubt there’s some truth in that. But I think this is getting overblown a bit. The Saints were 5-3 on the road in the regular season. That’s not bad. It might not be great, but the Saints are capable of winning on the road.


Thomas emerging for Saints in playoffs - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
One of Pierre Thomas' teammates referred to him as "an animal" after the Saints' playoff opening triumph over Detroit. Thomas is just happy to be healthy and able to help New Orleans in another playoff run. The fifth-year running back was a key player in the Saints' lone championship two seasons ago, turning screen passes into long touchdowns in both the NFC championship game... - National Football League news

Hakim Drops the Ball!: Drew Brees unimpressed Blogs " Blog Archive Playoff Challenge owners take a pass on bye week players "
Finally, we learned that you, the faithful NFL Playoff Challenge player, don’t like guys with byes. Despite the prospect of double points in the second round, most people opted for guys that played this week. Nowhere was it more evident than at the quarterback spot, where just 7.36 percent of owners added Aaron Rodgers to their lineup and only 2.04 percent took a chance on Tom Brady. Then again, it’s hard to argue against that when 83.4 percent of you enjoyed a healthy 30-point day from Drew Brees.

Packers on Top in Total Passing Value -
The Packers, the Saints and the Patriots have three of the best passing offenses in N.F.L. history.

Out of Bounds by Jabari Greer "Tell Me a Bedtime Story" - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
His weekly blog, exclusive to The Times-Picayune

WWL - AM870 | FM105.3 | News | Talk | Sports - Video Of Cajun Cannon: Why No Changes To The Offense, Coach?
Bobby Hebert draws criticism from national media for blunt question to Les Miles last night.


NFL Videos: Unsung Heroes: Saints' three-headed monster
The Saints' running backs racked up 164 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 45-28 wild-card win over the Lions. Brian Baldinger breaks down some of their biggest runs.