The New Orleans Saints narrowly edged the Philadelphia Eagles last night 26-24 with a last second 32 yard field goal by newly signed kicker Shayne Graham. It was their first road playoff victory, and among the cheers and genuine happiness, the Saints silently wondered and worried about one of their linebackers. Outside linebacker Parys Haralson suffered a chest injury in the first half, after tackling Eagles' Jason Avant.
It is feared that Haralson has a torn pectoral muscle, Ian Rapoport from NFL Network has reported. If this is accurate, it is highly unlikely that Haralson will take the field again until next year. Haralson, acquired in a trade with San Francisco, started eight games at outside linebacker for the Saints this season and recorded 30 tackles and 3.5 sacks. The loss of Haralson would be a devastating blow to the Saints' playoff run.
The 6th seed New Orleans Saints (12-5) will play the 1st seed Seattle Seahawks (13-3) Saturday, January 11th at 4:35pm at CenturyLink Field, in Seattle, Washington. This will be the second meeting of these teams, with the first resulting in a prime-time Seahawk slaughtering of the Saints by a 34-7 score on Monday Night Football on December 2nd. That game was also played at the dreaded CenturyLink Field in Seattle, a stadium notorious for setting earthquake-magnitude noise records and registering only one Seahawk loss in the last two years.