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It seems like we've been waiting all season for this matchup and now it's finally here. The sports media has hyped it as an in-season playoff game where the winner will likely secure NFC home-field advantage. That's a bit of a stretch with four regular season games remaining and neither team having an upcoming cakewalk schedule, but it's hard to argue that this is a very important battle for both teams. Our Saints find themselves in the rare position of underdog in this one. That's probably exactly where Coach Payton wants to be. His powers of pre-game player motivation are greater when his team is behind the eight ball on a national, prime-time stage. Let's hope Payton does to Pete Carroll tonight what he did to Bill Parcells in 2006.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>ESPN: &quot;But even if the Saints manage to win tonight, don&#39;t forget that two of their next three...&quot;</p>&mdash; Grandmaster Wang (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/statuses/407611203096039424">December 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> at Rams in Week 15 flexed to 3:25 p.m.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/407607860642586624">December 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/SeanPayton">@SeanPayton</a> with Mike Tirico discussing challenges of coaching this time of the season &amp; playing in Seattle <a href="http://t.co/pyaJCkYI2c">http://t.co/pyaJCkYI2c</a></p>&mdash; trey wingo (@wingoz) <a href="https://twitter.com/wingoz/statuses/407604534962163712">December 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>A <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NOvsSEA&amp;src=hash">#NOvsSEA</a> preview and Pelicans&#39; <a href="https://twitter.com/AntDavis23">@AntDavis23</a> talks about his injury on today&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/blackbluereport">@BlackBlueReport</a> podcast: <a href="http://t.co/4bJ2v3SSDn">http://t.co/4bJ2v3SSDn</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NOLA&amp;src=hash">#NOLA</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/407605947159175168">December 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Before MNF, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson talks about his admiration for Saints QB Drew Brees... <a href="http://t.co/8spWAifQzy">http://t.co/8spWAifQzy</a></p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/statuses/407605038232907777">December 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>NBC announces Steelers-Bengals will remain in the SNF slot for Week 15. Saints-Rams and Cardinals-Titans moved to 4:25 pm ET.</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/statuses/407604053250539520">December 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Wow <a href="https://twitter.com/CFBelltown">@CFBelltown</a> Amazing facility. Thanks Kendra for the hour. &quot;Game Day&quot; <a href="http://t.co/rlwVFCexas">pic.twitter.com/rlwVFCexas</a></p>&mdash; Sean Payton (@SeanPayton) <a href="https://twitter.com/SeanPayton/statuses/407603970002006017">December 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I love our Who Dat Nation!! Just got word that my 3rd Annual Holiday dinner benefiting my charity, <a href="https://twitter.com/iCAN_Foundation">@iCAN_Foundation</a> is officially sold out!!</p>&mdash; Pierre Thomas (@Pierre_Thomas) <a href="https://twitter.com/Pierre_Thomas/statuses/407603728288452610">December 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>If this were a normal gameday and there were 5 hours til kickoff, I&#39;d only be on my 3rd drink right about now.</p>&mdash; Grandmaster Wang (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/statuses/407603658100973570">December 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>It is a picture perfect day here in Seattle. Temperatures in the 40s. But clear skies.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/407602892913123328">December 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Game Day!!! Who Dat!!! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a></p>&mdash; Pierre Thomas (@Pierre_Thomas) <a href="https://twitter.com/Pierre_Thomas/statuses/407602880867082240">December 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>seattle played 2 toughest opponents first 2 weeks of the season &amp; no one really since.schedule looking suspect? also bye week could add rust</p>&mdash; Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle/statuses/407600985431736320">December 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Seattle secondary depleted not good for them. Saints struggle on road but will throw ball against that secondary. Like saints more and more</p>&mdash; Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle/statuses/407594889539358722">December 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The work begins Ole Saint <a href="http://t.co/xk0aOwCQu8">pic.twitter.com/xk0aOwCQu8</a></p>&mdash; deuce mcallister (@dmcallister26) <a href="https://twitter.com/dmcallister26/statuses/407591008986468354">December 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Gamblers like the &#39;Battle in Seattle&#39; <a href="http://t.co/SfznCIZo6D">http://t.co/SfznCIZo6D</a></p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/statuses/407590465039773696">December 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Panthers&amp;src=hash">#Panthers</a> ranked No 1 in total defense in NFL after Sunday&#39;s win.</p>&mdash; David Newton (@DNewtonespn) <a href="https://twitter.com/DNewtonespn/statuses/407557211138048002">December 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The Seahawks have the most int&#39;s and takeaway&#39;s in the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NFL&amp;src=hash">#NFL</a>. If Saints are in the plus side of the turnover ratio…they should win <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WHODAT&amp;src=hash">#WHODAT</a>!</p>&mdash; Bobby Hebert (@BobbyHebert3) <a href="https://twitter.com/BobbyHebert3/statuses/407588635412672513">December 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Thank you Lord for another day! Nap time then game time! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WhoDatNation&amp;src=hash">#WhoDatNation</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23blessed&amp;src=hash">#blessed</a></p>&mdash; Will Herring (@wherring54) <a href="https://twitter.com/wherring54/statuses/407586075147005952">December 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>7 hours before kickoff... and all is quiet in Seattle. &#10;&#10;For now. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NOvsSEA&amp;src=hash">#NOvsSEA</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%2312s&amp;src=hash">#12s</a> <a href="http://t.co/3Iwv4r6Jy4">pic.twitter.com/3Iwv4r6Jy4</a></p>&mdash; NFL (@nfl) <a href="https://twitter.com/nfl/statuses/407581274665410560">December 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>WOW... "<a href="https://twitter.com/CoreyWhiteJr3">@CoreyWhiteJr3</a>: Everyone on the Saints defense is an animal. I&#39;m the Mongoose. All paws on deck tonight <a href="http://t.co/AAnjGPbFyk">http://t.co/AAnjGPbFyk</a>"</p>&mdash; Held Over (@hakimdropsball) <a href="https://twitter.com/hakimdropsball/statuses/407582614527037440">December 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Love it! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WhoDatFamily&amp;src=hash">#WhoDatFamily</a> &quot;RT <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@Saints</a> A lot of former <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> in town for the game: Jim Mora, <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamGleason">@TeamGleason</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/sfujita55">@sfujita55</a>, Mitch Berger <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NOvsSEA&amp;src=hash">#NOvsSEA</a>&quot;</p>&mdash; Pierre Thomas (@Pierre_Thomas) <a href="https://twitter.com/Pierre_Thomas/statuses/407573415789203456">December 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I smell me some sea bird in the smoker, getting ready for MNF!</p>&mdash; Joe Horn (@JoeHorn87) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeHorn87/statuses/407549792768626688">December 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>ever wonder why they weren&#39;t called the Seattle Salmon?</p>&mdash; Joe Horn (@JoeHorn87) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeHorn87/statuses/407559221366882304">December 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> TE Jimmy Graham watches tape of guys like Calvin, Andre Johnson to see how defenses may cover him <a href="http://t.co/T039pDdVuj">http://t.co/T039pDdVuj</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/407557810444980224">December 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Former <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> Shanle, Sharper say team is more equipped to win a game like this on the road <a href="http://t.co/JbCAIUmRCZ">http://t.co/JbCAIUmRCZ</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/407557236546744320">December 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Tonight&#39;s weather forecast in Seattle: low 30s, chance of showers, snow <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NOvsSEA&amp;src=hash">#NOvsSEA</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/407545278745419776">December 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23beattheseahawks&amp;src=hash">#beattheseahawks</a> &#10;<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WhoDat&amp;src=hash">#WhoDat</a> &#10;&#10;Deep Breath-&#10;Control of our destiny is in the Air!!</p>&mdash; Jedidiah Collins (@JedCollins45) <a href="https://twitter.com/JedCollins45/statuses/407545486552227840">December 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Saints Prepare for Seahawks

W2W4: Protect the football - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The New Orleans Saints' biggest game of the year to date deserves the biggest What 2 Watch 4. This is Part 4 of 4 as we count down toward the Saints&r

Home-field advantage for Saints looms large Monday night | wwltv.com New Orleans
It’s an NFL axiom that it’s easier to win at home than on the road.

Hoss, Handwerger break down Saints vs Seahawks | wwltv.com New Orleans
Mike Hoss and Bradley Handwerger break down Monday Night Football in Seattle's CenturyLink Field.

Marshawn Lynch and the 12th Man await Saints in Seattle | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
The passage of time has done little to dull the senses from that Saturday in the Pacific Northwest nearly 23 months ago, the day Sean Payto…

Vargas: Visit to Seattle is Saints’ toughest test yet | Home | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Week after week this year, it has been one thing or another for the Saints. On Nov. 17, they hosted a hard-hitting San Francisco team that …

Outcome of New Orleans Saints' clash vs. Seahawks could clear up playoff picture | NOLA.com
Outcomes likely will have playoff implications for NFC's No. 1 seed

Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints among best at finding gems in NFL draft | Audibles - SI.com
The Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints come into Monday night's game at Seattle's CenturyLink Field as two of the league's most successful recent teams. There's a lot in common between the two teams looking to establish home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs.

Monday Night Football is Awesome and You Know It - Saints/Seahawks
Monday Night Football is Awesome and You Know It - Saints/Seahawks Edition

The New Orleans Saints 'Cold Weather' Myth
The New Orleans Saints 'Cold Weather' Myth

New Orleans Saints vs Seattle Seahawks game preview
The game preview for tonight's matchup

New Orleans Saints Fact of the Day
Drew Brees in the spotlight

Former New Orleans Saints say team is more road ready - ESPN
Former New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Shanle said now that he’s just "a fan," it’s easier for him to admit that there is

W2W4: Sherman vs. Graham? - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
The New Orleans Saints' biggest game of the season to date deserves the season’s biggest What 2 Watch 4. This is Part 1 of 4 as we count down to

Matchups to watch: Saints vs. Seahawks - Stats & Info Blog - ESPN
Getty ImagesSeahawks assistant Dan Quinn (left) might have the right personnel to contend with Jimmy Graham.A Seattle Seahawks win on Monday night

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Seahawks Prepare for Saints

Rabid Seahawks fans send price for ticket to Saints game soaring | wwltv.com New Orleans
Football fans in Seattle will be bleeding green if they want to see the Seahawks face the Saints with the best record in the NFC at stake.

Seahawks painted their end zones blue (Video) - Pro Football Zone
The Seattle Seahawks end zone is now blue.

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Russell Wilson finally gets to face the quarterback he has looked up to | Larry Stone | The Seattle Times

The legs of the franchise
Running the football is the tip of the toughness Pete Carroll wants his football team to display, and there has been no tougher run in franchise history than Marshawn Lynch’s electrifying 67-yarder against the Saints in the 2010 playoffs.

Seahawks can clinch playoffs tonight, more teams can clinch Sunday | ProFootballTalk
No NFL teams have clinched a playoff berth yet. But one team can do it tonight, and five teams may have done it by this time next week. Seattle, which hosts New Orleans tonight, is in the playoffs with a win.

Epic run by Marshawn Lynch still reverberates for Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints - ESPN
Seahawks and Saints players, past and present, share memories of Marshawn Lynch's epic run from the 2010 playoffs.

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Other Saints News

Rivera values live look at Saints
"I'll have my notepad with me. I'll have plenty of popcorn," Rivera said. "I'm going to watch it from start to finish and get as much as I can out of it."

New Orleans Saints at St. Louis Rams game moved to 3:25 pm CT
The New Orleans Saints vs St. Louis Rams game was originally scheduled for Noon CT

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Video

VIDEO: Morning Report: Saints at Seahawks
New Orleans Saints senior writer John DeShazier talks from the team hotel about the weather for tonight's game against the Seattle Seahawks (New Orleans Saints video)