Found January 04, 2012 on The Penalty Flag:
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  It is hard to deny how well the New Orleans Saints’ are playing right now. The dark horse with the fleur-de-lis might not have landed that 2nd place NFC slot but should have no trouble reaching the divisional playoffs. This is a team that hasn’t lost a game since October (currently an eight game winning streak) and has won all games since their Week 11 bye, helmed by the record-breaking Drew Brees. Considering the shaky history and often over-emotional play of the Detroit Lions, the more seasoned and stable Saints should have no trouble sending Detroit home. The numbers align in favor of the Bayou Boys. In their 45-17 rout of the Carolina Panthers, Brees broke his own 2009 record of pass completion percentage with 71.6; Peyton Manning’s 2010 number of completions with 468 (Manning finished with 450); and the monstrous tight end Jimmy Graham briefly held the NFL’s record for most receiving yards (tight end) with 1,310. And, of course Brees now holds the single season passing record (previously Dan Marino’s) with 5,476 (40,742 career). The first time these two teams met, Brees set another record. After leading New Orleans to a 31-17 win, passing for 342 yards and three [...]
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