The New Orleans Saints are confident about their playoff chances, even if they will be playing without running back Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory. Mike Triplett, of the Times-Picayune, has the story, below.

Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints walks off the field after the game against the Baltimore Ravens  at M&T Bank Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Saints 30-24.

Courtesy---Mike Triplett/Times-Picayune

The New Orleans Saints put on a brave face Wednesday after losing their top two rushers, Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory, to season-ending injuries heading into Saturday's playoff opener against the Seattle Seahawks.

Though players suggested that they both will be missed, they mostly echoed the thoughts of fullback Heath Evans, who tweeted, "It's an opportunity to find out if we are great or just good."

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