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Saints coach Payton says team won't play it safe with starters



Saints coach Sean Payton says his team will go all out to get their 12th win Sunday against Tampa Bay, regardless of whether the Atlanta Falcons take a big lead on Carolina and appear to be clinching the division.

New Orleans can win the NFC South if the Falcons fall at home to the 2-13 Panthers.

"I was asked that question just a few minutes ago in our press conference and absolutely not,'' Payton said. "Our focus, with where we are as a team going into this last game of the regular season is strictly on doing everything we can to win this game and to get to 12 (wins). Clearly, as scores come up, the fans and everyone else pays attention. But that won't impact our approach one bit.''


[Last modified: Thursday, December 30, 2010 3:11pm]


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