New Orleans Saints: Top news and video clips

There is no truth to the rumor that the 49ers are bringing in the Alabama defense and six tanks from Camp Pendleton to try to stop Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints on Saturday.But there is also no denying that San Francisco’s defense will have its hands in line on the betting sheets are the Saints. And if you have been watching closely, it would not be a shock to see those Saints go marching right in to Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5.

Both receiver Lance Moore and safety Roman Harper are hopeful they’ll be ready to play on Saturday when the Saints go against San Francisco in an NFC divisional playoff game. Moore and Harper were listed as DNP in the official injury report by coach Sean Payton, but both said they went through individual drills during practice Wednesday.

This season, Colston missed two games with a broken collarbone and finished third on the club in catches with 80, second in yards with 1,143 and tied for second in touchdown catches with eight. Colston averaged 81.6 yards receiving in his 14 games. Had he maintained that for all 16, he would have posted 1,306 yards, four fewer than tight end Jimmy Graham, who led the Saints and ranked seventh in the NFL.

The worst-kept secret in the Saints’ locker room is that the team’s running game, ranked sixth in the NFL, is not merely capable of providing balance for Brees’s aerial pyrotechnics. The unassuming threesome of versatile Pierre Thomas, explosive Darren Sproles and powerful Chris Ivory provides the Saints with another dangerous offensive threat.

The city of San Francisco and Pacific Gas and Electric Co. successfully completed the last of several tests conducted over the past month to prevent another interruption of power when Candlestick Park Stadium hosts the National Football League’s NFC Playoff Game between the San Francisco 49ers and the New Orleans Saints.

Injured New Orleans safety Roman Harper and receiver Lance Moore are optimistic they’ll be able to play against the 49ers. Bradley Handwerger has a nice story on New Orleans receiver Marques Colston and how he’s developed a reputation for being one of the league’s toughest receivers. That’s very true. Colston is a big, strong guy, and isn’t hesitant to go over the middle and catch passes.

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