GAME: New Orleans Saints (9-2, 1st, NFC South) at Seattle Seahawks (10-1, 1st, NFC West). TYPE. Regular season. WEEK: 12. WHEN: Monday, 5:40 p.m., CenturyLink Field. MEETING: 13th (series tied 6-6). STREAKS: Seahawks W 6, Saints W 2. HEAD COACHES: Sean Payton, New Orleans; Pete Carroll, Seattle. LINE: Seahawks by 6. TV: ESPN. RADIO: ESPN 710 AM, KIRO 97.3 FM.
Rewind the calendar to Jan. 8, 2011, the day the 11-5 New Orleans Saints lined up for their NFC wild card game against Seattle already insulted that, as defending Super Bowl champions, they had to hit the road to face a 7-9 Seahawks team that had become the first club in NFL history to wins its division with a losing record.