Back in the playoff hunt, New Orleans Saints brace for tough stretch

Associated Press photo by BILL HABERNew Orleans Saints middle linebacker Curtis Lofton (50), cornerback Jabari Greer (33), defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) and outside linebacker Jonathan Vilma bottle up Falcons running back Michael Turner during a game Nov. 11.
Associated Press photo by BILL HABERNew Orleans Saints middle linebacker Curtis Lofton (50), cornerback Jabari Greer (33), defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) and outside linebacker Jonathan Vilma bottle up Falcons running back Michael Turner during a game Nov. 11.

KEY MATCHUP

Saints RT Bryce Harris
vs. 49ers pass rush

Pressed into duty last week
after an injury to Zach Strief, Harris, an undrafted rookie from Fresno State, will likely get his first career start. Harris and the offensive line will go up against one of the NFL’s best defenses, which includes star linebackers Patrick Willis and Aldon Smith, as well as
defensive end Justin Smith. San Francisco has allowed 182.9 passing yards per game, ranking No. 2 in the NFL.