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NFC Championship News & Notes - 1/17/07

The entire organization and many of the Saints' players may be new to this NFC Championship Game business, but first-year coach Sean Payton certainly isn't. Which is why it came as no surprise when Payton, who served as the New York Giants' offensive coordinator when they played in the NFC title game in 2000, was cool and calm Monday as he prepared to lead his Saints into uncharted waters.

============= CHICAGO BEARS ============= The Bears have given up an average of 25.8 points in their last five games. And not counting Sunday's playoff victory over the Seahawks, the other four opponents had a combined record of 23-41. So there should be considerable concern regarding the Bears' ability to control the explosive offense of the Saints in this week's NFC Championship Game...

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