Saints/Falcons Flashback: The Most Lopsided Loss In Series History
The New Orleans Saints return to action on Sunday afternoon, when they travel to Atlanta, Georgia to take on the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome in the 2016 regular season finale for both teams.
Kickoff time is scheduled for 3:25 pm, and you can hear all the play-by-play action on EPSN 1420, as well as 97.3 The Dawg.
The Saints are 7-8 on the season, and out of playoff contention, while the Falcons will enter the playoffs as NFC South Division champions, with a record of 10-5.
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, 50-45, including a 45-32 win over New Orleans in the first meeting this year, but the Saints won both meetings last season, and have also won 8 of the last 12 match-ups, as well as 11 of the last 16.
All week long, in anticipation of the Sunday’s New Year’s day affair, we’ll be taking a look back at some of the more memorable games between the two franchises.
On Monday, we went back to November 26, 1967, for the very first game ever played between the two teams, a 27-24 Saints victory.
Today, we go back to September 16, 1973, for the most lopsided loss in Saints’ history, a 62-7 win by the Falcons at Tulane Stadium.
The 1972 season opener for the Saints is something fans will remember, but not in a positive way.
After a scoreless first quarter, Atlanta just completely dominated New Orleans, leading 24-0 at halftime, 45-7 at the end of three periods, before going on to win, 62-7.
The Falcons outgained the Saints, in terms of total offense, 496-187, including a 275-35 advantage through the air, and a 218-152 edge on the ground.
Dick Shiner threw three touchdown passes for Atlanta, while Archie Manning, who threw a touchdown, the only one for the Saints, was intercepted five times, as New Orleans turned over the football eight times on the afternoon.
Shiner finished the day completing 13-of-15 passes for 237 yards and three touchdowns for the Falcons, while Dave Hampton accumulated 104 rushing yards on 19 carries.
In a losing cause for the Saints, Manning finished 5-of-13 for 62 yards, along with one touchdown and five interceptions.
New Orleans lost the next week, 40-3, to the Dallas Cowboys, to be outscored 102-1o in the first two weeks.
In week three, they fell to 0-3, after falling to the Baltimore Colts, 14-10.
Credit to the Saints though, as they rebounded to go 5-6 the rest of the way, and finished 1973 with a record of 5-9.
The Falcons went on to finish 1973 with a 9-5 record.
No, it's not highlights of the Saints/Falcons game from September 16, 1973, but below is video o the Saints from that year, a 16-10 win over the San Francisco 49ers: