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METAIRIE, La. -- The last thing Pierre Thomas expected to see was suspended head coach Sean Payton staring him down the moment he walked into the Saints indoor field. "My first word that came out of my mouth was, Wow. Then I said, Hes mad," Thomas said Friday evening, following the second practice of training camp. "Thats the Payton look. Hes not always mad, but he gives that look and says, Hey, Im still watching you." A massive mural of Paytons piercing pursed-lip, squinted-eye glare was quietly hung in the indoor field earlier in the day, and it greeted the entire team when rain forced practice indoors. The mural also includes the phrase, "Do your job," which has become the unofficial motto of the club ever since Payton delivered those parting words before starting his season-long suspension in connection with the NFLs bounty investigation. Assistant head coach Joe Vitt said about every assistant and player who has been with the club the previous six seasons has gotten that look. "I cant duplicate it," said Vitt, who is handling head coaching duties in Paytons absence. "I tried to do it one time. The lips are pursed. The eyes are squinted. And hes looking right through the back of your head." While the Saints are abiding by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodells punishment of Payton, none of them seem to think it was fair. Barred from communicating with Payton until after the next Super Bowl is played in New Orleans, Saints players and officials have sought to demonstrate their unremitting loyalty to their banished coach. Vitt has said that it would be too simplistic to say that if the Saints are still able to win this season, that it would somehow diminish Paytons importance. He said Payton played a central role in building a franchise that expects to earn a fourth straight trip to the playoffs after winning 41 games, including a Super Bowl, in the previous three seasons. "Were doing everything that Sean would do, and were trying to do it without him right now," Vitt said. "Were trying to make him proud of us. That (mural) is just a reminder." Goodell suspended Payton after concluding that the Saints had a bounty system in place that paid cash bonuses for hits that injured opponents. Goodell said Payton was punished for failing to put a stop to it after the NFL first told him they were looking into a complaint about a possible bounty on Brett Favre in the 2009-10 playoffs. However, Vitt, suspended linebacker Jonathan Vilma and six other current or former Saints testified in federal court on Thursday that Saints players never paid or got paid for intentionally injuring opponents, and in fact were fined for unnecessary roughness penalties. They said they only had only a pay-for-performance system for big plays, including big legal hits, that are common across the league. The program was overseen by former defensive co-ordinator Gregg Williams, who left after last season to take a similar post with St. Louis, but then was suspended indefinitely. Vitt, too, was suspended, but only for the first six games of the season. He has said he agrees with Goodells player safety initiatives and has nothing against the commissioner personally, but disagrees pointedly with the findings of the bounty probe, particularly as they pertain to Vilma, who is now fighting his season-long suspension in federal court. The hanging of the Payton mural came one day after the latest hearing in the Vilma case. "You see that, and that picture shows when you step into the facility, its time to go to work," Thomas said. "Its time to do your job. Theres no playing around. Thats why I say that face is scary. You look at that, and if you know Payton, you know if you mess up hes going to give you that look there." Punter Thomas Morstead said the banner could serve as a unifying purpose for Saints players, even if only for this season. "Thats going to unite this team, that picture, because I heard everyone on the sideline talking about it," Morstead said. "They were having bonding moments over all the times they had gotten their butt ripped by Coach Payton. I guarantee you this, though, the first day he steps back in the facility, hes going to tear that down. No doubt about it." Notes: Mark Ingram was held out of practice, but Vitt said that was part of a plan to ease the running back into training camp following arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in early May. ... TE Dave Thomas missed practice with a sore back. ... Morstead, who agreed to a six-year, $21.9 million extension Thursday night, joked that he was nervous during Fridays practice because he still hadnt signed the deal. He added it is hard to celebrate a new contract in the midst of training camp, when the team stays in a hotel and has bed check. "I just laid up in bed for four hours last night staring at the ceiling," Morstead said. "I was in the cold tub at 7 in the morning ... so life hasnt changed too much yet." ... The Saints plan to practice with full pads for the first time Saturday evening, which also would be the first practice opened to the public -- if rain doesnt force it indoors for a third straight day. Duane Brown Jersey . Silver spoon with secure sponsorship. Brian Cushing Limited Jersey . In the second quarter, Luol Deng was walking to the locker room even before his three-pointer from the corner swished through the net at the halftime buzzer. . The team used its amnesty clause on Scola, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the move has not been announced. DeAndre Hopkins Youth Jersey .C. -- Brian Vickers will race for the Nationwide Series championship next season for Joe Gibbs Racing. DeAndre Hopkins Limited Jersey . -- Tampa Bay defensive end Adrian Clayborn will miss the rest of the season because of a right knee injury that will require surgery.NEW ORLEANS -- Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints are pouring on the points, racking up the wins and rewriting the record books nearly every time they play. Things sure are rollin on the river. Brees led an unstoppable offence by throwing for 466 yards and three touchdowns, and New Orleans dominated the second half for a 45-28 NFC wild-card victory over the Detroit Lions on Saturday night. New Orleans broke the post-season mark for total yards with 626, beating the record set 49 years ago. "We were pulling out all the stops," Brees said. "We play aggressive. Were not going to apologize for that. That gives guys in the huddle a lot of confidence. Were not going to pull the reins back. Its pedal to the medal." Brees hit on 33-of-43 passes while throwing for the most yards in a regulation playoff game. He highlighted his night with three completions of at least 40 yards. "We just focus on winning. Were not focused on yards and records," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "Im serious when I say that." As usual, the quarterback had plenty of help from an offence that set an NFL record for yards from scrimmage this season (7,474), outgaining Detroit on the ground 167 yards to 32. The Saints (14-3) will travel to San Francisco (13-3) for next Saturdays second-round game. Matthew Stafford threw for 380 yards and three TDs for the Lions (10-7), who simply could not keep pace in their first playoff appearance since the 1999 season. They have lost seven straight post-season games. "Its a learning experience for the whole team. Well get better. Well be back," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. "Obviously it hurts right now." All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson had 12 receptions for 211 yards and two touchdowns in his playoff debut for Detroit, but that was not nearly enough as the Saints defence responded in the fourth quarter with two interceptions by Jabari Greer. "We did make the playoffs this year and thats a great accomplishment," Johnson said. "We have some things to work on and we will. We know what we have to do to make the next step." The teams combined for 1,083 yards, tying an NFL playoff record set by Buffalo and Miami on Dec. 30, 1995. The Superdome will likely host a much different contest on Monday night, when defensive stalwarts LSU and Alabama meet for the BCS national title. Fans in the dome cheered wildly for the LSU band as it played before the game and at halftime, then enjoyed a second half that culminated in what they hope will be the first of two Big Easy celebrations in three nights. Pierre Thomas finished with 66 yards and one touchdown rushing, while Sproles added 51 yards, two scores and several other clutch plays. Marques Colston overcame an early fumble with seven catches for 120 yards, including a 40-yarder to set up Jimmy Grahams short TD grab. Robert Meachem had four catches for 111 yards, including a 56-yard score. Devery Henderson added a 41-yard touchdown reception. New Orleans showed guts and got a little good fortune on a decisive 14-play, 80-yard scoring drive in the fourth quarter. The Saints ran Sproles around the left end on fourth-and-2 at the Lions 40 and gained three yards. Soon after, Brees pass as he was clobbered by Nick Fairley went right through the hands of defensive back Aaron Berry. Berry would regret that drop two plays later as Sproles bolted 17 yards to make it 31-21. Stafford tried to get some of tthat back quickly, throwing deep for Titus Young, but Greer ran under it and picked it off.dddddddddddd Four plays later, Brees spotted Meachem behind blown coverage for his long score to make it 38-21. The Lions became only the second visiting team all year to lead at halftime in the Superdome, where the Saints were unbeaten during the regular season. "So going into halftime at a deficit, we just realized, Listen, just bear down, one play at a time, one drive at a time," Brees said, "and I think we scored on every drive in the second half. I guess thats what you hope for." New Orleans has won nine in a row overall. The Saints opened the second half by driving 78 yards to take their first lead on Brees 31-yard pass to Henderson. New Orleans then widened its lead to 24-14 with a 92-yard drive that included what may have been a favourable spot on Colstons third-down grab at the Saints 18. Later, Brees converted a risky dive over the pile on fourth-and-one at the New Orleans 38 to sustain the drive before finding Colston for a 40-yard gain to the Detroit three. Brees hit Graham for a score on the next play. "It was fourth and inches and we felt like we had a rhythm going," Brees said. "Obviously it was a gutsy call but weve been known to make those types of calls." The Lions fought back with a quick 80-yard scoring drive highlighted by Staffords 42-yard completion to Johnson at the Saints two, setting up Staffords dive for the pylon on a bootleg that made it 24-21 late in the third quarter. Detroit could not have planned a much better start to its first playoff game since the 99 season. Stafford completed five of his first six throws for 70 yards, starting with a 22-yard completion to Johnson on the second play from scrimmage. A 10-yard strike to reserve tight end Will Heller gave the Lions a 7-0 lead. New Orleans responded by quickly driving into Lions territory, but Colston was stripped by Stephen Tulloch on the 18-yard line and Justin Durant recovered. It was a rare lost fumble for the Saints, who had an NFL low and franchise record low five during the regular season. New Orleans found the end zone on its next drive to tie it 7-7, but Stafford led the Lions right back downfield, hitting Johnson in the back of the end zone for a 13-yard score. The Saints then fumbled a second time in Detroit territory when Brees was stripped just before throwing by defensive end Willie Young and the ball squirted to Durant for his second recovery. Durant wanted to return it, but the play was inexplicably blown dead. What might have been a touchdown return instead became a stalled drive. The Saints thought they had tied it when Colstons catch in the back of the end zone was ruled a touchdown, but it was overturned on replay and New Orleans wound up settling for John Kasays 24-yard field goal and a 14-10 halftime deficit. Notes: Bernie Kosar still holds the record for yards passing in a playoff game, though his game in 1986 went to overtime when he reached 489 for Cleveland against the New York Jets. ... Detroits leading rusher was Kevin Smith with only 21 yards. ... The in was nine yards. ... The Saints surpassed 500 total offensive yards in five regular season games, with the playoff game being thLions rushed the ball only 10 times and their longest gae sixth. ... Brees finished the regular season with seven straight 300-yard or more passing games and easily continued the streak against the Lions. wholesale jerseys china ' ' ' 

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