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What connections exist between the Saints and Falcons franchises heading into Monday night’s matchup?

This week, the Saints are preparing for one of their biggest games of the season against their arch rival, the Atlanta Falcons. The Saints are at a critical point in the season right now after losing the first two games. If the Saints have any hopes of finishing over .500 and making the playoffs, winning this game will be key.

If the Saints do win, then they’ll reduce the deficit in the all-time series against the Falcons. Atlanta is currently leading the series 48-45 and have the overall bragging rights in one of the biggest rivalries in football. However, the Saints are 15-5 against the Falcons since 2006.

We’ll get into to some pregame talk later, but right now we take a look at the connections these two NFC South teams share.

Coaching/Front Office connections

  • Saints Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen’s father, Grady, played for Atlanta from 1968-72. Allen served on the Falcons defensive coaching staff from 2002-05.
  • Dennis Allen and Falcons Defensive Coordinator Richard Smith served on the same coaching staff in Denver in 2011.
  • Atlanta Offensive Line Coach Chris Morgan tutored Saints center Max Unger in Seattle in 2014.
  • Dennis Allen tutored Falcons QB Matt Schaub when he served as head coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2014.
  • Falcons Defensive Line Coach Bryan Cox finished his playing career with the Saints in 2002.
  • Atlanta Wide Receivers coach Terry Robiskie is a native of Edgard, who lettered four years at LSU and was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.
  • Falcons Director of College Scouting Steve Sabo served as a pro scout with the Saints from 1996-98.

Player connections

  • New Orleans CB P.J. Williams and Falcons RB Devonta Freeman were college teammates at Florida State.
  • Saints new TE Coby Fleener and Atlanta DE Dwight Freeney and TE Jacob Tamme were teammates with the Indianapolis Colts.
  • Saints LB Stephone Anthony, Falcons DE Vic Beasley Jr. and DT Grady Jarrett were teammates at Clemson.
  • New Orleans S Jairus Byrd and Atlanta G Andy Levitre were teammates in Buffalo
  • Saints DE Paul Kruger, LB Craig Robertson and Atlanta C Alex Mack were teammates in Cleveland.
  • Saints LB Nate Stupar played for Atlanta from 2014-15.
  • New Orleans S Jairus Byrd and Atlanta G Andy Levitre were teammates in Buffalo
  • Saints first round pick in 2014 WR Brandin Cooks and DE Obum Gwacham and Atlanta RB Terron Ward were college teammates at Oregon State.
  • Atlanta LB Deion Jones played at both Jesuit High School and LSU.
  • Saints T/G Andrus Peat and Falcons TEs Austin Hooper and Levine Toilolo were teammates at Stanford.
  • Saints K Wil Lutz is a Newnan native who played at Georgia State.

These two teams obviously have a lot of history and a lot of connections. Let’s see if it has any effect on Monday night’s contest.