Even in a year when he probably will break the NFL record for net punting, the Saints' Thomas Morstead did not take a Pro Bowl invitation for granted. With only one punter getting that honor from each conference, he knew the road was difficult, making him feel even better when he learned Wednesday he would represent the NFC.
The Saints likely will be eliminated from playoff consideration at some point Sunday regardless of the outcome, but a win over the Cowboys would be more meaningful than last week's 41-0 trouncing of moribund Tampa Bay.
Freed from the pressure to win, New Orleans (6-8) played its most complete game of the season on Sunday at the Superdome, crushing the Bucs 41-0. New Orleans posted its first shutout since the 1995 season finale at the Jets and its first home shutout since Dec. 16, 1991 vs. the Raiders.