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Falcons Coach Smith Still Thinks Call Was Right

Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith still says if he had to do it over again, he'd still make the call on fourth and one that cost his team the game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

Smith opted to keep his offense on the field on fourth and inches at the Falcons 29 on their second possession of overtime. 

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Saints Sink Falcons In Overtime

The New Orleans Saints will go into the bye week at 7-3, sitting atop the NFC South after their overtime victory on the road against their arch rivals, the Atlanta Falcons. Saints kicker John Kasay nailed a 26 yard FG in sudden death. A short field was set-up for the offense after Atlanta elected to go for in on 4th and inches and werer stuffed by the New Orleans defense.

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Saints Battle Falcons

First-place in the NFC South will be on the line on Sunday when the New Orleans Saints travel to Atlanta, Ga., to take on the Atlanta Falcons.

The Saints defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, 27-16, but haven't won consecutive games in a month.

what they have done is win in the month of November, as they take a nine-game winning streak in the month into the game, dating back to 2009.

The Saints are 6-3 on the year, while the Falcons stand at 5-3.

This will be the first of two meeting between the two teams this season.

Kick-off time is scheduled for noon.

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Saints/Falcons Is Indeed An Overlooked Rivalry

When you ask NFL fans to name the best rivalries in the league, you'll get a number of different answers.

Some will say Cowboys/Redskins, while others will say Packers/Bears, and others might say Steelers/Ravens.

But probably only fans of the New Orleans Saints, and the Atlanta Falcons, probably know how heated the rivalry between these two teams has been since they first joined the NFC West together, back in 1970.

This Sunday, the two teams meet in the first of two games this season, with a first-place on the line in the NFC South.

But these two teams seldom need extra motivation to get psyched about playing one another.

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NFL Team Rankings Going Into Opening Week

It's finally here...the opening week of the 2011 NFL season.

How would you rank the teams, heading into their season-openers?

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NFL MVP Favorites

Who is going to be named the MVP in the NFL this year?

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The Four NFC Superpowers

There are four teams that stand tall over all others heading into the 2011 NFL season.

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Ten Super Bowl Contenders

Who are the NFL teams that are primed to make a run at the Super Bowl this year?

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NFC Teams To Keep An Eye On

The New Orleans Saints, and the Green Bay Packers have won the last two Super Bowls, and most people consider them one of the teams to beat in the NFC in 2011.

But what about a few other teams that we should keep an eye on? Who are the up-and-comers, and which other teams look primed to make a possible deep run in the playoffs?

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Best NFL Rivalries/Feuds Heading Into 2011

Sometimes, it's a team against a team.

Sometimes, it's a players against a player.

Sometimes, it's an individual against the league.

What are the best rivalries, or feuds, heading into the 2011 NFL season?

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