The Saints defense allowed 230 plays of 10 or more yards , tied for fifth in league. Because their foes were so-often playing catchup. the Saints yielded 259.8 passing yards per game, third most in the NFL.
King also notes that over his last two years, with the Saints, Reggie Bush caught 81 passes. In his first year in New Orleans, Darren Sproles had 86 receptions and set an NFL record for all-purpose yards in a season.
The former Charger averaged about two more yards per catch than Bush, who had a 1,000-yard rushing season with the Dolphins.Roman Harper said losing to the Rams in October was a "wake up call." "We weren't prepared and didn't get up for the game," said Harper. The Saints lost to Seattle on opening weekend of the playoffs last season. "This year we're focused, determined and a totally different team," said Harper. The Saints host the Detroit Lions on Saturday night in the playoffs. "It helps us that we've played them before. Teams don't change that much," said Harper. "We did a good job of controlling them in the first game." Harper, an Alabama alum, will be cheering for the Crimson Tide on Monday night in the BCS Championship game against home-town favorite, LSU.
"This city is buzzing with these football games and we want to keep that going," said Harper...
SOME HITHER, others yon: The first showdown of the BCS Championshio Game wasn't on the football field. It was on the Interstate. Just as LSU's busses were about to pass the airport exit, Alabama's convoy came into I-10, leaving the Tigers stuck in traffic...Peyton Manning: "I will not play for another team. My last down of football will be with the Colts."...
According to the Detroit Free Press, “The Detroit Lions had a full compliment of players for their final practice before Saturday's playoff game against the New Orleans Saints, their first in 12 years.
Receiver Calvin Johnson worked out with the first-team offense after sitting out the past two practices with a sore Achilles tendon. Johnson sat out most of practice last week but then had his best game of the season, catching 11 passes for 244 yards and a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers.
Safety Louis Delmas, who has missed five straight games with a knee injury, and cornerback Aaron Berry, who has missed the last three games with a shoulder injury, are both expected to return to the lineup Saturday, too.
by Ed Staton