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Saints vs Falcons Preview and Matchup History

Throw out the records and the history because when it comes to these two division rivals, anything can happen.

Chris Graythen
  • The Saints aim for their fifth win in a row vs. Atlanta.
  • Since joining the Saints in 2006, QB Drew Brees is 11-2 vs. Atlanta with a 100.6 QB rating. Brees averages 302.8 yards per game in those thirteen and has 29 TDs.
  • RB Chris Ivory had a 56-yard rush TD in last meeting.
  • RB Darren Sproles had TD catch in last meeting.
  • TE Jimmy Graham has 5 TDs in his past four meetings and aims for fifth in a row vs. the Falcons with a TD.
  • In his last meeting, Graham had 7 catches for 146 yards with 2 TDs and was named NFC Offensive Player of Week.
  • WR Marques Colston as 8 TDs in past eight games.
  • QB Matt Ryan is the only quarterback in the Super Bowl era to win 31 of his first 35 home starts.
  • In his last game vs. the Saints, Ryan had 411 yards and 3 TDs.
  • In his career, the Falcons are 30-1 (.968) when Matt Ryan has a 100+ QB rating.
  • RB Michael Turner aims for third in a row at home with a rush TD.
  • In the last meeting, TE Tony Gonzalez had 11 catches for 122 yards and 2 TDs.
  • In his past two meetings, WR Julio Jones has 12 catches for 203 yards and a TD. He had 6 catches for 147 yards and a TD last week.
  • WR Roddy White aims for third game in a row vs. NO with 100+ yards.
  • In his past two meetings, White has 18 catches for 241 yards (120.5 per game).
  • LB Stephen Nicholas had a sack in last meeting.
  • CB Asante Samuel had an INT in last meeting.






Past 4 & 11 of past 13


Vitt: 1-0

Smith: 2-7


L 31-21 vs. 49ers

W 24-23 at Buccaneers


11/11/12: Falcons 27 at Saints 31. New Orleans TE Jimmy Graham catches 7 passes for 146 yards & 2 TDs (29, 14) as Saints defeat Atlanta.


11/13/11: Saints 26, Falcons 23 (OT). New Orleans K John Kasay converts 4 FGs, including game-winning 26-yarder in OT.


NFLN (8:20 PM ET): Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock, Alex Flanagan (Field reporter). Dial Global Radio: Ian Eagle, Trent Green, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (DGR), 94 (NO), 93 (Atl.). XM: 88 (DGR), 225 (NO), 226 (Atl.).