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Published:   |   Updated: March 23, 2013 at 08:44 PM

TONIGHT'S GAME

PATRIOTS-SAINTS

WHEN: 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Superdome, New Orleans

TV/CREW: ESPN (Mike Tirico,

Ron Jaworski, Jon Gruden)

ABOUT THE PATRIOTS: As they aim for their seventh consecutive win on "Monday Night Football," the Pats venture into the Big Easy for the first time since shocking the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI.

ABOUT THE SAINTS: The first 10-0 start in franchise history has been built on the NFL's top-rated attack and an aggressive defense that has already posted 29 takeaways.

KEY STAT: Patriots WR Wes Welker, coming off a 15-catch game against the Jets, has reeled off five consecutive games with at least nine receptions.

KEY MATCHUP: Saints WR Marques Colston vs. CB Leigh Bodden, who picked off three passes last week.

IRA KAUFMAN'S CALL: Patriots, 30-24

TONIGHT'S GAME

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