The New Orleans Saints (10-4) haven’t forgotten about the salty taste of defeat left in their mouths from just a few weeks ago. The Atlanta Falcons (9-5) staved off a late threat by the black and gold to emerge a 20-17 victor. Of course, it was the Drew Brees pass intended for Josh Hill that sunk the Saints after being picked off by Deion Jones. However, many felt that the officiating was lacking - which is probably the nicest way possible to put it.
At any rate, the Saints overcame the loss to beat the New York Jets after getting some extended rest, while the Falcons survived a Buccaneers comeback. In the 50-year history of this rivalry, some might say that this is the most important game of the series. New Orleans can clinch a playoff berth with a win, and could actually win the NFC South if the Panthers get upset by the Buccaneers.
In turn, a loss would really hurt the Saints. A win by the Panthers and Falcons would sink the Saints to the No. 6 seed, and then all sorts of scenarios might have to play out for Week 17. The bottom line? The Saints must take care of business and end the Falcons’ three-game winning streak against them.