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Saints coach Payton has ties to Indiana

Payton has connections to Indiana

There is an odd juxtaposition of allegiances involved in this game, what with New Orleans-born Peyton Manning playing for the Colts and Drew Brees playing at Purdue and now for the Saints. Here's one more: Saints coach Sean Payton has family ties to Indianapolis. It's where he first met his wife, Beth.

The matchup hasn't been easy on some family members.

"Well, I don't know if they've been rooting for this matchup, but I've got a lot of family back in Indiana," Payton said. "Beth and I met at Indiana State when I was coaching. Her family is from back in that area, Morocco, Ind., which is in the northern part of the state. I spent two years as a coach [there]. My high school coach was from Indiana. Had a lot of good friends and family that lived back there. My brother and sister-in-law live in Greenwood, just south of Indianapolis, and I think all of them were on the flight out here [Thursday] and probably were the only ones wearing Saints jerseys."

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