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But for a team that hours earlier had a controlled celebration in the wake of their 10th win of the season, a 22-17 victory against the Tennessee Titans, news that the Chicago Bears had lost to the Denver Broncos and the Saints had qualified for the playoffs for a third consecutive year brought only a little exuberance.

The New Orleans Saints brought in a new defensive coordinator in Gregg Williams prior to the start of the 2009 season. His task was simple — to transform the Saints bottom dwelling defense into a contender — but the jury is still out on if he has accomplished that feat.

There wasn’t much movement in the poll this week, with Green Bay, New Orleans and Baltimore remaining in the 1-2-3 spots. The San Francisco 49ersupset loss in Arizona cost them two spots, as they tumbled from No. 4 to No. 6. Pittsburgh and New England flipped positions, with the Patriots now ahead of the Steelers at No. 5.

We told you Sunday that some members of the Tennessee Titans claimed a whistle was being blown on the New Orleans Saints’ sideline in Sunday’s game between the two teams.The Titans were very serious when making the allegations. New Orleans coach Sean Payton wasn’t at all serious as he addressed the matter with the New Orleans media.

On Sunday, four quarterbacks moved closer to the record, indicative of a game that is in a golden era at the position. The Saints’ Brees, who fell 16 yards short of breaking the record in 2008, threw for 337 yards against Tennessee and is well ahead of Marino’s pace, needing to average 239 yards in New Orleans’ final three games to pass him. That should be routine for Brees — he has passed for fewer than 239 yards only once this season, in a loss to the St. Louis Rams.

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