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Saints Offer Lessons as Packers Begin Defense

Coach Mike McCarthy (Charlie Krupa/AP)

Drew Brees figured New Orleans would host the Packers for the NFC title until his Saints had a bad day at Seattle. Because of that one bad day — and because the Packers avoided a bad day during their six-game winning streak — Green Bay is hosting New Orleans on Thursday.

Drew Brees' vision of how the NFC playoffs would transpire proved to be half right. "We really felt like we were back on track and we were playing some of our best football at the end of the season," Brees, in a conference call with Packers beat reporters on Sunday, said about a six-game winning streak that pushed the defending champions' record to 10-3. "The funny thing was, we kind of knew all...

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