The New Orleans Saints made a statement, on Monday Night, in defeating the Atlanta Falcons, 17-14. Jeff Duncan, of the Times-Picayune, has the story, below.

Justin Peelle #87 of the Atlanta Falcons goes up and over the tackle of Jabari Greer #33 of the New Orleans Saints during their game at the Georgia Dome on December 27, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Courtesy---Jeff Duncan/Times-Picayune

"Rise Up" is the Atlanta Falcons' official slogan this season.

It's printed on the team's media credentials, inscribed on T-shirts throughout the Georgia Dome and even chanted by actor Samuel L. Jackson on a pregame video to stoke the home crowd before the opening kickoff.

It was an appropriate preamble for the New Orleans Saints' resounding 17-14 victory against their bitter archrivals.

The Saints rose up Monday night and made a statement.