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Vitt: 2012 Saints will be among his career favorites for their resolve in a trying season

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    New Orleans Saints head coach Joe Vitt watches the action against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade) (The Associated Press)

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    The New Orleans Saints celebrate at the end of overtime against the Dallas Cowboys at an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Arlington, Texas. The Saints won 34-31. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade) (The Associated Press)

Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt is urging his players to keep thinking about the Lombardi Trophy as they prepare for what otherwise is an anticlimactic season finale between two non-playoff teams.

Vitt says the Saints are still working toward their second Super Bowl title as an organization, even if they can't do it this season.

The Saints are coming off a 34-31 overtime victory at Dallas on Sunday, but were eliminated from playoff contention because of other results. Still, Vitt says he'll remember the 2012 Saints as one of his favorite teams because they never quit.

The Saints' season has been overshadowed by the bounty scandal that resulted in coaches' suspensions. But after opening 0-4, New Orleans could finish 8-8 with a victory over Carolina on Sunday.