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Around the NFC South

Time for a quick look at the Wednesday morning headlines from around the NFC South.

The Falcons say they’d like to see the Saints again in the playoffs. It’s entirely possible that can happen. But Atlanta would have to play a whole lot better than it did Monday night to have any shot at losing to the Saints for the third time this season.

The Falcons placed cornerback Kelvin Hayden and linebacker Mike Peterson on injured reserve. Look for Atlanta to make a couple of moves Wednesday to fill the roster spots.

All those pre-draft questions about his ability to make it in the NFL have been answered quite nicely by Carolina rookie quarterback Cam Newton.

If the Bucs give up 25 points to Atlanta on Sunday, they’ll break the franchise record for points allowed in a season, 473 by the 1976 team.

New Orleans coach Sean Payton wouldn’t say if he plans to play or rest his starters in the season finale against Carolina. The Saints still have an outside chance at the No. 2 seed, but that would require San Francisco losing to St. Louis.