#NFL News and Notes - December 28, 2010

New Orleans Saints 17, Atlanta Falcons 14

With their win, the Saints clinched a second straight playoff berth...Saints running back Pierre Thomas delivered the goods in the fourth quarter...Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' plan last night worked to perfection.

In the end, the Falcons couldn't stop Saints quarterback Drew Brees...Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution thinks the Falcons should have gone for it on 4th-and-6...Falcons center Todd McClure feels awful about his botched snap.

NFL News and Notes

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick will do what's in the best interest of the team in the team's meaningless regular season finale.

Buffalo Bills rookie wide receiver David Nelson may not be ready for this Sunday's game against the Jets.

The New York Jets defense lacks swagger, head coach Rex Ryan said on Monday.

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross will decide the fate of head coach Tony Sparano after the regular season.

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh isn't concerned about his contract situation.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are looking to expand Heinz Field's seating capacity.

Several Cleveland Browns played voiced their support for head coach Eric Mangini.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson's emergence was the result of hard work by Simpson and his coaches, writes Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The Indianapolis Colts' "just win" approach is working for them, writes Phillip Wilson of the Indianapolis Star.

Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher isn't looking forward to the end of the team's difficult season.

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio is taking a positive approach to the "must-win" regular season finale.

Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak isn't focused on his job security, reports John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley wants his team to keep its same approach to this week's game against Oakland.

To achieve balance on offense, the Denver Broncos are using screen passes, writes Jeff Legwold of The Denver Post.

San Diego Chargers owner Dean Spanos says his general manager and head coach will be back in 2011.

Oakland Raiders punter Shane Lechler voiced his support for head coach Tom Cable to return in 2011.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Charlie Whitehurst will get the first-team reps in advance of their must-win game against the Rams on Sunday night.

San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York's top priority is hiring a general manager.

Arizona Cardinals fifth-round quarterback John Skelton has room for improvement, writes Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic.

St. Louis Rams rookie wide receiver Danario Alexander is receiving more playing time down the stretch, reports Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is focused on winning the regular season finale and making the playoffs.

Minnesota Vikings interim head coach Leslie Frazier would like to return in a permanent role in 2011.

Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers eyes the Super Bowl, not the Pro Bowl.

The Detroit Lions are hoping their late-season surge carries over to 2011, writes Tim Twentyman of The Detroit News.

If healthy, Jon Kitna will start at quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys this week.

After a nightmarish game against Green Bay on Sunday, the New York Giants were stuck in Wisconsin due to this week's blizzard.

The Philadelphia Eagles defended the city's Mayor over Sunday night's postponement.

Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley is embarrassed by his bought with dropped passes.

Cornerback Richard Marshall, an unrestricted free agent this off-season, would like to remain with the Carolina Panthers.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie running back LeGarrette Blount is working to reduce his fumbles.

Today's NFL birthdays: Bengals running back Cedric Benson (28), Browns center Steve Vallos (27), Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri (38), free agent wide receiver Sinorice Moss (27). Hall of Fame running back Steve Van Buren turns 90. Also celebrating birthdays today are retired cornerbacks Bobby Taylor (37) and Everson Walls (51).

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