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papz 01-02-2012 07:35 AM

Saints ready for playoff game vs. Detroit
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NEW ORLEANS — Going into Sunday’s regular-season finale, it was almost a given that the New Orleans Saints were going to have a rematch in the NFC wild-card playoff round with one of the teams they beat this season.

The first part of the playoff equation was completed when the San Francisco 49ers clinched the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye with a 34-27 win over the St. Louis Rams, just minutes after the Saints’ 45-17 bashing of the Carolina Panthers in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

About 30 minutes later, the third-seeded Saints (13-3) learned that they will open the playoffs against the Detroit Lions (10-6) after they fell to the No. 6 seed with a 45-41 loss to the Green Bay Packers in snowy Lambeau Field.

The Saints and Lions, who met in the Superdome on Dec. 4, will play at 7 p.m. Saturday in the same venue in a game to be televised by NBC.

That network also had the earlier game, which the Saints won 31-17.

There was a slim chance the Saints would have to play the Atlanta Falcons, whom they defeated Monday night to claim the NFC South title and secure at least one home playoff game, before the Packers rallied to send the Lions to New Orleans gain. Detroit finished second to Green Bay in the NFC North.

“Whoever we play, that’s who we’ve got to be ready for,” running back Darren Sproles said after the Saints equaled the franchise record for wins in a season and obliterated numerous NFL and club marks.

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Saints ready for playoff game vs. Detroit | Saints | The Advocate

mike27 01-02-2012 12:41 PM

Say Atlanta beats the Giants', which I think they will, do they still play Green Bay?

I'd be looking forward to that. It'd be a great indicator as to how well we'll do against Green Bay.

It looks like the NFC will end up being the true Super Bowl this year.

|Mitch| 01-02-2012 12:45 PM

I don't see Atlanta beating the Giants as a given. The Giants front 7 is pretty decent and should give the Falcons O-Line some trouble... Especially playing in NY

Danno 01-02-2012 12:47 PM

If we win, we play San Fran regardless of the ATL/NYG outcome.

Green Bay will likely have to play the Giants, which is good because they're used to the environment and I think they have a better shot at beating GB than ATL does.

An NFCCG could very well be in New Orleans!!!!

QBREES9 01-02-2012 12:48 PM

Oh it won't be the Giants if we win.

Budsdrinker 01-02-2012 01:49 PM


Originally Posted by QBREES9 (Post 362764)
Oh it won't be the Giants if we win.

?? What do you mean it won't be the Giants if we win?

homerj07 01-02-2012 06:31 PM

We win we play SF - simple as that!!

OldMaid 01-02-2012 06:36 PM

Yes, homer is right.
I like what D.Sproles said.
I really am trusting this coaching staff and players that they are prepping for this game, one game at a time. They are on a roll.
Just do it.

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