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Weekend Brings High Stakes NFL Playoff Games
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Deuce McAllister will lead the New Orleans Saints into the playoffs, at least during introductions.

The Saints re-signed their popular all-time rusher with the intention of making him an honorary captain. Saints coach Sean Payton says the 31-year-old McAllister won't play in today's divisional-round playoff game against the Arizona Cardinals.

McAllister is the Saints' career rushing leader. And his 55 touchdowns and 49 rushing TDs also are club records.

Saturday night's AFC playoff game is in Indianapolis and involves two teams tied to Baltimore. The Colts will be hosting a Ravens club they've beaten seven straight times, including once in the playoffs. Baltimore's strong defense shut down the New England Patriots last weekend, 33-14. The Colts had a bye.

Sunday's NFL schedule has Dallas at Minnesota and San Diego hosting the New York Jets.

Vikings defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy and fullback Naufahu Tahi are listed as questionable for the game against the Cowboys. Kennedy has an injured thumb, which kept him out of the regular season finale, and Tahi hurt his back in practice this week.

Cowboys running back Marion Barber went through an entire practice Friday and is listed as probable to play Sunday. A sore left knee limited the veteran running back to only a few plays early in last week's win over Philadelphia and kept him out of practice Wednesday.

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