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Fleur-de-Links: Saturday, November 24

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news, opinion, and whatnot. TODAY'S HEADLINE: 49ers QB decision still **SHROUDED IN MYSTERY** but does it really matter?

Are you starting on Sunday, or is Alex? I don't know! Please don't hurt me!!!
Are you starting on Sunday, or is Alex? I don't know! Please don't hurt me!!!
Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

49ers vs Saints coverage

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Ok, as promised, I will now attempt a watching of Drew Brees Person to Person. Wish me well.

Why are both the hosts British?

Brittany's pretty hot. Well done, Drew.

No story beginning with "funny story" has ever been funny

Drew just commented on Brittany's AURA. Had to pause for a moment, compose myself.

Drew's shrine to himself is very classy

Uh oh, bountygate

Lmao "bounty quote unquote whatever"

Oh Jesus he collects military coins I'm not going to make it through this thing

I made it through the whole thing. Pretty brutal. He teared up twice. And all the little kids with the misspelled names are loud as f***.

Good morning!! Peep this mornings locker room message... Have a good Day ya heard me

The classic fball game is here in new Orleans an the streets are we play there Tom.

Drew Brees apologizes for his boys' behavior but appreciates that you watched the segment and learned a bit about him and Brit.

Happy Saturday everybody!

No RT : Happy Saturday everybody!!!

Great day for college football too! Gotta go w the hometown early Go Bucks! Who's everybody else got in these games?

G'mornin y'all. .. let's make this a productive Saturday!!

We both know, yall dont stand a chance! Ill wear my orange in honor of them making me go to the crimson and cream:)...

Just noticed this. SF's Smith (15), Denver's Miller (13), Houston's Watt (11.5) are top 3 in NFL in sacks and were Top 11 picks in 2011.

Guess I was sleeping under a rock and didn't notice that earlier this week. I'd say that draft class for pass rushers was pretty swell.

DAMMIT! R.I.P. Larry Hagman, you magnificent b******. There will never be another like JR Ewing.


From the Saints Sideline

Joe Vitt Gives Final Preview Before Contest Against 49ers |
Transcript: Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Joe Vitt met with the media Friday to discuss the upcoming contest against the San Francisco 49ers.

Pete Carmichael Says Offensive Balance Will Be Neccesary (sic) Against San Francisco |
Transcript: Offensive Coordinator Pete Carmichael met with the media on Friday to discuss the offensive line, the running game, and last year's playoff contest against the 49ers.

49ers QB Alex Smith listed as questionable vs. New Orleans Saints |
Larry Holder - San Francisco's starting quarterback is the lone 49ers player uncertain to play Sunday.

Four players out for New Orleans Saints vs. 49ers; team lists Zach Strief as questionable, Darren Sproles as probable |
Larry Holder - Saints could be in a pinch at right tackle, nickel cornerback.

New Orleans Saints Malcolm Jenkins, Roman Harper move on after Vernon Davis nightmare |
Mike Triplett - Safeties stayed confident after getting burned in last season's playoff loss to San Francisco 49ers.

New Orleans Saints ready for a another physical affair with the San Francisco 49ers |
Nakia "Disco Stu" Hogan - Let's get physical, physical, I wanna get physical, let's get into physical. Let me hear your body talk - the chorus from Olivia Newton-John's 1981 pop hit "Physical"

New Orleans Saints: The Big Picture | The Advocate
Through 10 games, the San Francisco 49ers have looked every bit like one of the NFC’s elite teams.

Saints notebook: Vitt knows 49ers present daunting challenge | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - When taking a long look at the San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints interim coach Joe Vitt said their 21-6-1 record doesn’t begin to tell how good they’ve been under second-year coach Jim Harbaugh.

Saints out for revenge vs. 49ers? Not so much | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - The New Orleans Saints want to win their next game Sunday in the worst way.

Analysis: Saints have no margin for error | The Advocate
Brian Allee-Walsh - Though down for the count in September, the surging New Orleans Saints have regained their composure and played themselves back into the NFC playoff picture.

Alex Smith or Colin Kaepernick? 49ers haven’t named starter | The Advocate
Jim Harbaugh expects Alex Smith to be medically cleared to play by Saturday.

Saints defense playing its best in red zone | The Advocate
Brian Allee-Walsh - The resurgent New Orleans Saints have displayed textbook passive-aggressive behavior on defense this season, bowing up inside the red zone while readily yielding yards between the 20s.

Saints know 49ers TE Vernon Davis a mismatch for defenses |
Bradley Handwerger - With a skosh more than nine seconds remaining in the NFC divisional playoff game between New Orleans and San Francisco, Roman Harper met Vernon Davis at the goal line, crashing into each other as hard as any other collision that cool January day.

Saints may have to start rookie tackle - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. - It’s looking like the New Orleans Saints may have to start rookie Bryce Harris against San Francisco’s strong pass rush Sunday.

Mark Ingram's role becoming clear - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. - In his second NFL season, running back Mark Ingram’s role with the New Orleans Saints is starting to become more defined.


Niners Notes

Harbaugh won’t announce starting QB |
Harbaugh won’t announce starting QB.

Special teams keeping things covered |
Tavares Gooden‘s reaction when he looked at the stat sheet and saw Chicago’s Devin Hester had minus-1 yard on three punt returns Monday night?

Morning Tailgate: Nov. 23 |
This 'n that from Taylor Price...

Coach's Notebook: Nov. 23 |
Coach Jim Harbaugh addressed the media Friday before the 49ers hopped on a plane to New Orleans for their Week 12 matchup on Sunday.

Vic Fangio Previews Saints Matchup |
Taylor Price - Vic Fangio coached the linebackers for the New Orleans Saints when four linebackers made the Pro Bowl at the same time.

Roman: Alex Smith Not Cleared for Contact |
Alex Espinoza - Quarterback updates are all the rage at 49ers headquarters these days.

Sando's best guesses: Week 12 predictions - NFC West Blog |
Mike Sando - I've managed to go 11-2 on picks recently and 24-10 for the season. Those marks will probably take a hit this week.

Football Today: 2012 NFC West Week 12 - NFC West Blog |
Mike Sando - Ross Tucker, Matt Williamson and Jay Soderberg are back with their weekly NFL predictions on the latest Football Today podcast for Week 12. I've been singling out NFC West-related highlights for those interested.

Final Word: NFC West - NFC West Blog |
Mike Sando - Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 12.



New Orleans Saints Set to Host San Francisco 49ers on Sunday |
The Saints enter the contest having won five of their past six games.

Broadcast Information: Saints vs. 49ers |
The New Orleans Saints will host the San Francisco 49ers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday at 3:25 P.M. (CST)

Feelin' the Brees: New Orleans Saints' offensive stats thru Game 10 |
Dan Swenson - Players are ranked by total yards (rushing and receiving) so far this season. Does not include special teams yardage or touchdowns.

Final Word: NFC South - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. - Five nuggets of knowledge about the Week 12 games.


V-Roll Roll Call

Video: NFL Playbook 49ers @ Saints |
Sterling, Badfinger, and some other dude (I can't tell who it is from the side view) break it down.

Video: 49ers-Saints predictions - NFC South Blog |
The NFL Live folks make their picks for San Francisco at New Orleans.

"Person to Person": Drew and Brittany Brees | CBS News Video
The New Orleans Saints QB and his wife, Brittany, invite "Person to Person" inside their home for a look at the things and people that mean the most to them.

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