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Saints News, 12/17/14: Saints Can Clinch Division Or Be Eliminated This Week

Mike Triplett has a breakdown of Saints playoff scenarios.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>So if the Saints win, they&#39;re in, right? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/effatlanta?src=hash">#effatlanta</a></p>&mdash; Scott Fujita (@sfujita55) <a href="https://twitter.com/sfujita55/status/545061917073485826">December 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/LyonsYellin">@LyonsYellin</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeDetillier">@MikeDetillier</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg">@SaintsNationBlg</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/SteveGellerWWL">@SteveGellerWWL</a> <a href="http://t.co/7Nh2xpfpcT">pic.twitter.com/7Nh2xpfpcT</a></p>&mdash; Robert Fouquet (@RobertFouquet) <a href="https://twitter.com/RobertFouquet/status/545083535560683520">December 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Falcons coach facing uncertain future as he prepares for Saints <a href="http://t.co/RLF38IhfoD">http://t.co/RLF38IhfoD</a></p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/status/545204130219053056">December 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Mike Ditka bailed early on the Bears Monday night <a href="http://t.co/uYbKsO6UkK">http://t.co/uYbKsO6UkK</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/545177519255998464">December 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> add ex-Va Tech G Andrew Miller to practice squad. Have 1 open practice squad spot after cutting OT DeMarcus Love &amp; DT Garrison Smith</p>&mdash; Lyons Yellin WWL-TV (@LyonsYellin) <a href="https://twitter.com/LyonsYellin/status/545054399660576768">December 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Excited about my 1st full week of practice here with the <a href="https://twitter.com/Browns">@Browns</a> . Looking forward to finishing the season strong! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DawgPound?src=hash">#DawgPound</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PrideFactor?src=hash">#PrideFactor</a></p>&mdash; Garrett Hartley (@GHartley5) <a href="https://twitter.com/GHartley5/status/545034638218235904">December 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Can&#39;t wait til my boys get a little bigger so they can go to the Tony Gwynn baseball camp. Sign up this week in SD <a href="http://t.co/U7lzW2ju4p">pic.twitter.com/U7lzW2ju4p</a></p>&mdash; Drew Brees (@drewbrees) <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees/status/545024294380531713">December 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Raw Video: Drew Brees on the field after last night&#39;s win <a href="http://t.co/wPTKMmVilw">http://t.co/wPTKMmVilw</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> <a href="http://t.co/KOjVCuffjz">pic.twitter.com/KOjVCuffjz</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/545009199957045249">December 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>RT <a href="https://twitter.com/neiltyson">@neiltyson</a>: Why Stephen Hawking is badass: <a href="http://t.co/iAZ00IJKBE">http://t.co/iAZ00IJKBE</a></p>&mdash; steve gleason (@TeamGleason) <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamGleason/status/544992336682696706">December 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Postgame locker room sound: Brees, Graham, Lewis, Galette, Vaccaro, Thomas, Hawthorne &amp; Warren <a href="http://t.co/4QFrIX2unP">http://t.co/4QFrIX2unP</a> <a href="http://t.co/8M6XKdZW0S">pic.twitter.com/8M6XKdZW0S</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/544968917903351808">December 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Saints News

New Orleans Saints can clinch -- or be eliminated -- this week - ESPN
The Saints (6-8) control their own destiny in the NFC South. And they could even possibly clinch the division title this week.

NFC South champ should enter playoffs with head held high
New Orleans' source for complete news coverage of the Saints football team with schedules, scores and stats. WWLTV.com

Saints Fan Arrested After Allegedly Shoving Bears Chairman To The Ground
Police arrested Richard Kohnke, a 58-year-old lawyer and New Orleans Saints fan, after he allegedly got into a physical altercation with Bears chairman George McCaskey last night at Soldier Field. If there's one way surefire way to get arrested at a football game, it's by shoving the chairman of the home team.

David Hawthorne grateful his career night in win over Chicago helped ease some of Saints D’s ‘sour feelings’ this year | Black and Gold

Garrison Smith, DeMarcus Love cut from Saints’ practice squad; Andrew Miller joins it | Black and Gold

New Orleans Saints' Terrence Frederick takes every defensive snap at cornerback in Bears win | NOLA.com
Safety Kenny Vaccaro didn't start, but still played heavily

New Orleans Saints' passing game vs. the Chicago Bears: Graphic | NOLA.com
A look at Drew Brees' passing accuracy during the New Orleans Saints' decisive 31-15 win over the Chicago Bears Monday night at Soldier Field. The Saints are now 6-8 and back on top of the NFC South. Their next game will be against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Dec. 21, at noon in the Superdome. This weekly illustration breaks the field into six zones, depicting the Saints' hotspots and rough patches.

Punter Thomas Morstead named New Orleans Saints Man of Year | NOLA.com
The Saints called Morstead an "extraordinary asset to the New Orleans community."

NFL Week 16 odds: Saints favored against Falcons despite recent home struggles | NOLA.com
Did Vegas get it right? Weigh in below in the comment section.

Saints Defensive and Special Teams Player Grades at Bears | The Saints Nation

New Orleans Saints QB snapshot: Drew Brees - ESPN
A quick observation of quarterback Drew Brees and how he played in the New Orleans Saints' 31-15 victory in Week 15:

Saints' Sean Payton honors cancer patient with insignia, game ball - ESPN
Sean Payton talked about the significance of a special visor he wore during the Saints' 31-15 victory over the Chicago Bears on Monday night.

Saints' Shayne Graham losing his footing? - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN

If Saints kicker Shayne Graham was on the hot seat before, it can't have cooled off much after he missed a 51-yard field goal on Monday.

New Orleans Saints Week 15 snap counts - ESPN
Analyzing the snap counts of the New Orleans Saints in Week 15 against the Chicago Bears.

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NFL News

Report: Bears likely to fire Trestman | ProFootballTalk
The Marc Trestman experiment reportedly will be ending, soon. According to Dan Bernstein of WSCR in Chicago, Bears ownership met in the wake of Monday night's 31-15 home loss to the Saints. Per Bernstein, the team "likely" will fold the tents on the Trestman regime.

Harbaugh to Raiders makes plenty of sense | ProFootballTalk
As the 49ers and coach Jim Harbaugh move toward a divorce deemed inevitable and that no one from either party is telling the media (publicly or privately) isn't, the question becomes Harbaugh's next destination.

Hernandez lawyers worry about "stealth jurors" | ProFootballTalk
With jury selection in first murder case against Aaron Hernandez due to begin in fewer than three weeks, Hernandez's lawyers have a new concern. Stealth jurors. According to John R.

Chargers say they will remain in San Diego in 2015 | ProFootballTalk
The San Diego Chargers will remain in San Diego for at least one more year. Amid talk that the Chargers could move to Los Angeles as soon as the 2015 season, the team released a statement this evening saying that they are committed to staying in San Diego next year.

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Video

VIDEO: Kenny Vaccaro: "A great win"
Kenny Vaccaro Kenny Vaccaro speaks with reporters after the New Orleans Saints vs Chicago Bears game on Monday, December 15, 2014. Video provided by WVUE FOX-*8

VIDEO: Jimmy Graham: "This win showed a lot of character"
Jimmy Graham speaks with reporters after the New Orleans Saints vs Chicago Bears game on Monday, December 15, 2014

VIDEO: Pierre Thomas: "I love playing in my hometown"
Pierre Thomas speaks with reporters after the New Orleans Saints vs Chicago Bears game on Monday, December 15, 2014. Video provided by WVUE FOX-8

VIDEO: David Hawthorne talks about his 3-sack performance
David Hawthorne speaks with reporters after the New Orleans Saints vs Chicago Bears game on Monday, December 15, 2014. Video by Alex Restrepo (New Orleans Saints video)