Back in the playoff hunt, New Orleans Saints brace for tough stretch 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. BY BRETT MARTEL| AP sportswriter Dec. 01, 2012 Comments 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.