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The Saints have scratched middle linebacker Jon Vilma and free safety Malcolm Jenkins for Sunday's game against Carolina, while the Panthers have deactivated defensive end and sack leader Charles Johnson.
The two Saints defensive starters join receiver Lance Moore and running back Mark Ingram among New Orleans' inactives, giving all four extra rest before the playoffs.
Vilma has been playing through pain in his left knee in recent weeks, while Jenkins emerged from last week's victory over Atlanta with a sore neck, but was able to practice on Thursday and Friday.
Moore has been hampered by a sore left hamstring and Ingram has a sprained big toe on his left foot.
Johnson, who has nine sacks, did not practice and was doubtful with back soreness.
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Drew Brees passed for 389 yards and five touchdowns, and the New Orleans Saints set a slew of NFL and club records in a 45-17 blowout of the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
The NFL single-season records set by the Saints (13-3), who head into the playoffs on an eight-game winning streak, included offensive yards with 7,474, team yards passing with 5,347 and first downs with 416.
The 2011 regular NFL schedule is over and we can now look forward to the 2012 NFL schedule. While the exact times and dates of exact games cannot be decided as of yet, we already know which teams will play which teams at home and away as the final seeding of the various divisions have come into focus.
The New Orleans Saints wrapped up the 2011...
The New Orleans Saints reportedly will have to make a run at another Super Bowl title without the services of rookie running back Mark Ingram.
Two weeks after suffering a back injury, Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson will miss the season finale against the New Orleans Saints because of it.
The New Orleans Saints have set an NFL record for the most yards of offense in a season. The 2000 St. Louis Rams held the previous mark of 7,075. New Orleans eclipsed that number in the second quarter of Sunday's season finale against the Carolina Panthers on a pass from Drew Brees to Robert Meachem, reaching 7,081.
Shaking off an earlier interception, Drew Brees hit Marques Colston on a 42-yard touchdown pass with seven seconds left in the first half to give the Saints a 24-17 halftime lead Sunday at the Superdome.
Jonathan Stewart's 29-yard touchdown run had pulled the Panthers even at 17 with 1:18 remaining in the half.
That was too much time for Brees, who completed all five...
Drew Brees set a merciless tone with relentless, aggressive, pinpoint passing and the New Orleans Saints shrugged off injury risks, barreling into the postseason with an all-out effort in a win over the Carolina Panthers.
Drew Brees passed for 389
yards and five touchdowns, and the New Orleans Saints set a slew of NFL and
club records in a 45-17 blowout of the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
Their first game, a 31-17 victory by the Saints, featured explosive QBs (Drew Brees threw for 342 yards while Matthew Stafford had 408) and tempers (Detroit was penalized 11 times).
The Lions and Saints will meet for the second time this season at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 7.
The Saints kept their starters in for most of the game yesterday as the Panthers never had much of a chance. Cam Newton completed 15 of 25 passes (60%) for 158 yards with 1 TD pass and 1 INT. He also carried the ball 6 times for 32 yards (5.3 ypc) in this game. Jonathan Stewart led the way on the ground for the Panthers in this game with 79 yards rushing on 9 carries (8.8 ypc...