Saints vs. Falcons Scouting Report and Matchup History

Chris Graythen

The Saints hope to continue their dominance over the Falcons during the Drew Brees era with the help of Curtis Lofton, who faces his former team for the first time.

  • The Falcons are 8-0 for the first time in team history.
  • QB Matt Ryan ranks 3rd in NFL with a 103 passer rating.
  • In his career, the Falcons are 29-0 when Ryan has 100+ rating (6-0 in 2012). When Ryan has 3+ TD passes, team is 15-0 (4-0 in 2012).
  • WR Julio Jones had 8 catches for 128 yards and a TD in his last game at New Orleans. He aims for his third game in a row with 5+ catches and 120+ yards.
  • WR Roddy White had 11 catches for 127 yards in his last game at New Orleans. Since 2007, he has 518 receptions, most in NFC.
  • TE Tony Gonzalez needs one TD to become the first tight end and 8th player in NFL history with 100.
  • DE John Abraham has 11.5 sacks in the past 11 games. He has 119 sacks, most by an active player.
  • CB Dunta Robinson had an INT in his last meeting against New Orleans.
  • LB Sean Weatherspoon leads the Falcons with 52 tackles.
  • QB Drew Brees is 10-2 vs. Atlanta since joining New Orleans in 2006. In those twelve games, he has eight 300-yard games and ten games with 2+ TDs.
  • In five career home games against Atlanta, RB Pierre Thomas has six TDs (4 rush, 2 receiving).
  • LB Curtis Lofton faces his former team for the first time.
  • In their September 26, 2010 meeting, WR Lance Moore had 6 catches for 149 yards and 2 TDs.
  • TE Jimmy Graham has a TD in each of his past three games vs. Falcons. He aims for his fifth game in row versus a division opponent with TD.
  • WR Marques Colston has 15 catches for 194 yards and a TD in his past two against Atlanta.

FALCONS

SAINTS

SERIES LEADER

45-40

STREAKS

10 of past 12

COACHES VS. OPP.

Smith: 2-6

Vitt: 0-0

LAST WEEK

W 19-13 vs. Cowboys

W 28-13 vs. Eagles

LAST GAME

12/26/11: Falcons 16 at Saints 45. New Orleans QB Drew Brees surpasses HOFer Dan Marino (5,084) for most passing yards in single season all-time.

LAST GAME AT SITE

12/26/11

BROADCAST

FOX (12:00 PM CT): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 134 (Atl.), 92 (NO). XM: 229 (NO).

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