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- Sep 30, 2004
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New Orleans, at 7 wins, hasn't wrapped up a playoff spot just yet
Gannett News Service
The 7-4 New Orleans Saints have a one-game lead in the NFC South after snapping a two-game losing streak with a win over the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday, but they're not getting giddy about it.
Especially not rookie head coach Sean Payton, who is as grounded as they come considering that he spent three seasons (2003-05) working for future Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells.
Payton is pleased with where the Saints are at this point, obviously, but what's more important is there are five games left in the regular season — starting with Sunday's home game with the San Francisco 49ers (5-6).
"This my 10th year in the league, and I've never seen a team win seven games and get in the playoffs," Payton said, "so we've got a lot of football left. We've got five weeks still to play. ... We're not sitting at 10 wins or 11 wins. That's the approach you have to take."
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