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What they're saying nationally about the Saints playoff win over the Bears

The matchup is getting the royal treatment with the prime time spot next Sunday night.

NEW ORLEANS — The Saints had a solid if not sterling victory over the Chicago Bears in the first round of the playoffs to advance to a third meeting with the Tampa Bay Bucs and playoff veteran Tom Brady.

The Saints started slowly and led only 7-3 at the half, but they solidly outpunched the Bears in the second half for the 21-9 win.

Next Sunday night they'll face the Tampa Bay Bucs for the third time this season. The Saints won the last two matchups, including a 38-3 win in their last meeting in Tampa.

Here's what some of the national pundits have to say.

- Matchup for the Ages: Brady, Brees III - Mike Triplett, ESPN

- Brees, Saints will need to be better against Brady, Bucs - Nancy Armour, USA Today

- Brees likely to retire when playoff run ends - Cassandra Negley, Yahoo!

- Legendary QBs to meet in divisional playoff - Frank Schwab, Yahoo! Sports

- Saints defense shines in opening win - Kevin Patra, NFL.com

- Saints throttle Bears, advance - Tyler Sullivan and Jared Dubin, CBS Sports

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