When the New Orleans Saints snapped the Atlanta Falcons 8-game win streak, with a 17-14 win on Monday night, they  also put an end to the momentum the Falcons brought in with them. Pat Yasinskas, of espn.com, has the story, below.

Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons looks upfield to pass during the first half of the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Georgia Dome on December 27, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Courtesy---Pat Yasinskas/espn.com

 John Abraham, just like everyone in the Atlanta Falcons' locker room, got the same speech Monday night. For a couple minutes -- right up until the media approached him -- Abraham played it by the rules.

As the first question came, though, there was something about Monday night’s 17-14 loss to the New Orleans Saints that left the defensive lineman so angry or disappointed that he no longer could follow orders.

“Coach [Mike Smith] told us to give [the Saints] their due,’’ Abraham said.

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