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The two teams will meet again Christmas Eve at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. They're two different type players. Obviously, their record proves that. After that second loss, we went on the road for two games at Carolina and then at London versus Miami. Most of the time, at least throughout my career, it's been that way...

Let's hope Thursday is a party celebrating the death of the Falcons season.

New Orleans played in the late afternoon window on Sunday and is tasked with having to travel for this Thursday night matchup.

With the recent implosion of the Georgia Dome, the venue is gone but the memories will last forever.

Thursday night won't just be a chance to show off Color Rush uniforms. A Saints team that no one saw coming especially after a rough 0-2 start to the season.

Michael Thomas is atop the New Orleans receiving corps with his 75 catches for 875 yards and three touchdowns.

The Falcons swept the Saints previous year, winning 45-32 in New Orleans and 38-32 at home.

It was the third game of Jones' career with 250-plus yards (no other receiver in National Football League history has more than one). Devonta Freeman led the ground with 12 carries for 74 yards and Mohamed Sanu led the receivers with 3 catches for 43 yards. The Falcons defense is pretty good and tries their very best to stay in games this season.

His presence on the field will make a difference in some of Brees' decisions when targeting his wide receivers. The Saints had 400 yards of total offense against the Panthers, and this would be to their benefit going up an offense like the Falcons.


The combination of running backs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram has been crucial to the Saints offensive success this season.

The Falcons converted only 1-of-10 third downs against Minnesota, and many of them were long-yardage situations, which skewed the odds for success, Quinn said.

For the Saints, it was the ultimate test and they passed.

To beat the Saints, the Falcons must establish the run early. He has completed an NFL-best 71.5 percent of his passes for 3,298 yards and 17 TDs with just five interceptions.

It is not certain as to whether Saints' cornerback Marshon Lattimore will be playing in Thursday's game due to an ankle injury.

Julio Jones will again have a favorable match-up this week with no true shutdown corner on the Saints Jones could look to have another huge day if the Falcons feed Julio. Riding off that high, it's hard not to hype up their meeting against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 14. The Saints led, 21-14, at halftime.

In the second half, the Saints rallied, but the Falcons held on to win, 38-32.

Fair or not, much of the blame, and the burden for these next four games, falls on Matt Ryan (above, right). Together Freeman and Coleman average a combined 105.7 rushing yards, contributing to Atlanta's 11th best rushing offense.

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