Reliving The Saints/Falcons Rivalry: 1991 NFC Wild Card Game
The New Orleans Saints return to action next Monday night, when they play host to the Atlanta Falcons at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La.
Kickoff time is scheduled for 7:30 pm, and you can hear all the play-by-play action on EPSN 1420, as well as 97.3 The Dawg.
The Saints are still winless, at 0-2, while the Falcons will enter the match-up at 1-1.
The rivalry between New Orleans and Atlanta has been one of the best in the NFL since the Saints joined the league back in 1967, with the Falcons being born just two years prior.
The two franchises have been division rivals, as part of either the NFC West or the NFC South, since 1970.
The Saints began in the Capitol Division in 1967, before playing one year in the Century Division in 1968, back to the Capitol Division in 1969, and then the NFC West in 1970, while the Falcons were members of the Coastal Division prior to joing the NFC West in 1970.
The Falcons lead the all-time series, 49-45, but the Saints won both meetings last season, and have also won 8 of the last 11 match-ups, as well as 11 of the last 15.
All week long, in anticipation of the big Monday night affair, we’ll be taking a look back at some of the more memorable games between the two franchises.
On Tuesday, we went back to the first ever meeting between the two franchises, back in 1967.
On Wednesday, we went back to 1973 for the most lopsided loss in Saints’ history, a 62-7 win by the Falcons at Tulane Stadium.
On Thursday, we remembered the infamous "Big Ben Right" play by the Falcons in 1978.
Today, we go back to Saturday, December 28, 1991, when the Falcons defeated the Saints, 27-20, in an NFC Wildcard game.
New Orleans went 11-5 in 1991, which was good enough to win their first-ever divisional title, and qualify them for their second-straight playoff appearance, while Atlanta went 10-6, and was a wild card entrant into the playoffs.
Falcons quarterback Chris Miller, who threw for 291 yards and three touchdowns, completed the go-ahead 61-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Michael Haynes with 2:41 left in the contest.
After that touchdown, the Saints reached the Atlanta 35-yard line before quarterback Bobby Hebert threw an interception to Falcons defensive back Tim McKyer, to clinch the Atlanta win.
View the game, which was aired on ABC, below: