Ever since getting pounded by the Seahawks early last month, the New Orleans Saints have learned to love the idea of going back to Seattle.
Coach Sean Payton has even had Seahawks logos painted on their outdoor and indoor practice fields.
"I feel like Coach Payton is putting us in the moment, you know, visualize this is where we're going, this is what we're going to do and this is how it's going to look," linebacker Curtis Lofton said Tuesday. "That's how I took it. Be in the moment, because this moment doesn't come around too often."
In one respect, the moment is coming around for the second time since Dec. 2, when the Seahawks' 34-7 win over New Orleans put Seattle in the driver's seat for the NFC's No. 1 seed and home advantage throughout the playoffs.
This time, of course, the stakes are higher. The winner of Saturday's divisional round playoff game advances to the NFC championship against the 49ers or Carolina.
After the first meeting, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees said if the Saints wanted to reach the Super Bowl, they'd probably have to return to Seattle in the playoffs.
Brees said the message was: "If we want to accomplish what we set out to accomplish this year, then we better find a way to go there and win, and just hoping that we'd have another opportunity. And here we are, having that opportunity."
The Saints placed outside linebacker Parys Haralson on injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle, ending his season.
Willson's recovery is a surprise after he was taken off the field on a cart in Seattle's season finale against St. Louis. Willson has a high-ankle sprain.
Buccaneers: New Tampa Bay coach Lovie Smith continued to give his staff a decided Bay Area look when it was reported by the Tampa Bay Times that Hardy Nickerson had been hired as a linebackers coach.
Nickerson, who played for the Bucs from 1993-99, had spent the last four seasons as the head coach at Bishop O'Dowd High. He played his college football at Cal.
Other familiar faces on the Tampa Bay staff include offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford and quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo. Tedford was Cal's coach from 2002-2012 before being fired. Arroyo played quarterback at San Jose State from 1998-2002 and also coached at his alma mater. He was on Tedford's staff in 2011-12.
Dolphins: Jeff Ireland is out after six seasons as general manager. In a brief announcement, Ireland and owner Stephen Ross said they mutually agreed to part ways. A late-season collapse by the team last month had left his job in jeopardy. Ireland's departure comes on the heels of Monday's firing of offensive coordinator Mike Sherman. Coach Joe Philbin will return for a third season, but other changes in his staff are possible.
Titans: The search for a new head coach began with an interview of Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. The Titans are looking for a new coach after firing Mike Munchak on Saturday. Gruden also is expected to interview with Washington.
Browns: Green Bay quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo will interview for Cleveland's head-coaching job, according to several media reports. The Browns have interviewed New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles in their search for a coach to replace the fired Rob Chudzinski.
Texans: Defensive line coach Bill Kollar was the only assistant to keep his job as Houston fired 16 assistant coaches in the past few days after Bill O'Brien was hired as head coach.