Everyone knew No.1 LSU (13-0) would play in the national championship game on Jan. 9 in the Mercedes-Benz Super dome.
Alabama (11-1), whose only loss came at the hands of the Tigers one month ago, found out Sunday night they would meet the Tigers in New Orleans.
The Saints (9-3) continued on a winning roll by trading shots with the Lions, who ran out of bullets, and beat them 31-17 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome as they took a two-game lead over the Falcons in the NFC South.
"We've gotten kind of on a little bit of a run," said Saints coach Sean Payton. "We felt going into this third quarter of the schedule, we were going to play some good football teams. So that was a challenge starting off with Tampa, Atlanta, the Giants and Detroit.
The New Orleans Saints topped a penalty-prone Detroit Lions football team in the Mercedes Benz Superdome shown on Sunday Night Football, 31-17.
The Saints’s victory puts New Orleans two full games ahead of its division rival, Atlanta Falcons.
Due to Atlanta’s loss to the Houston Texans today, the New Orleans Saints could take two-game lead in the NFC South over its rival, the Falcons with four games left in the 2011 season should the team defeat the Detroit Lions in the Mercedes Benz Superdome Sunday night.
Now that the Herman Cain candidacy has been suspended, the political pundits and writers are wondering where do Cain, his followers, the media, the campaign from here. Here are a selection of news stories and opinions focusing upon the ending of the "Cain Train", the political implications and the emotions left over from the end of a remarkable journey into Presidential politcs:
The LSU-Georgia game showdown is becoming a Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal vs. Governor Nathan Deal "faceoff" with Wisconsin political football getting the benefit, no matter who wins the SEC championship match.
Republican Presidential candidate, Herman Cain has decided to suspend his Presidential campaign due to much speculation of sexual allegations.
There were a couple of big hits on defenseless receivers during Monday night's Saints-Giants game, but neither of them drew fines from the NFL office. Saints safety Addul-Ouddus and Giants safety Kenny Phillips were both given a free pass from the league office for their hits on Monday night.
Abdul-Quddus' hit was the subject of a lot of conversation because he appeared to be leading with his shoulder when he crushed Hakeen Nicks to cause an incompletion. Many wondered what a defensive back is supposed to do when the alternative is letting a receiver catch a pass that hurts his team's chances of winning. Analyst Jon Gruden ruled against the flag for the hit in the ESPN booth, although replays showed that Addul-Quddus' helmet made contact with Nicks' helmet.