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"It was absolutely crazy. It was awesome," Hartley said. "Everybody, from the way that they're dressed to the way that they're acting and just coming up to me and thanking me."
The team gathered Monday for meetings, some light workouts and treatment for players who were banged up. Payton said there did not appear to be any serious injuries. He said kick returner Courtney Roby's right knee was "dinged," that running back Lynell Hamilton's left ankle injury appeared minor and that tight end Jeremy Shockey did not have any setbacks with his bruised right knee.
Payton also gave players Tuesday and Wednesday off to rest before they return Thursday to prepare for the next biggest game in Saints history against native son Peyton Manning and the favored Indianapolis Colts.
If the Saints pull off the upset, that will mark their third win of this postseason. In the previous 42 years, the Saints and their fans celebrated a grand total of two playoff victories.
"That's a tough history to have," Sharper said. "That's part of the reason why they embrace it so much because they know it's hard to come by. They've been through so many tough times and now, it's a time for us to pretty much rejoice and appreciate us being at this point. We're going to make the most of it, believe that."
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