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Saints Host Falcons

The New Orleans Saints will be looking to clinch the NFC south title on Monday night, when the play host to the Atlanta Falcons, a a critical divisional match-up.

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Saints/Falcons Rivalry Continues On Monday Night

The rivalry between the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons is an intense one that dates back to the 1960's.

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NFL Thursday Night Football Preview – Week 15: Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons

Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons – 8:30 PM
Atlanta (8-5) needs to win this game to keep its current position as one of two NFC wild card teams. The Falcons trail the Saints in the NFC South by two games, but play at New Orleans on Dec

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The NFL’s Most Underwhelming Rookies

Some of the first-round draft choices from the 2011 NFL Draft have made immediate impacts in their rookie season.

Linebacker Von Miller of the Broncos, cornerback Patrick Peterson of the Cardinals, and quarterback Cam Newton of the Panthers are just a few of the rookies who were drafted in the first-round that have their current employers optimistic about the future.

There are others, who while it's still way too early to call them "flops", or even disappointments, that haven't played up to their team's expectation, either because of talent, experience, injuries, or unforeseen circumstances.

What rookies who were drafted in last April's NFL Draft have had the most underwhelming seasons?

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Jo-Lonn Dunbar Stepping Up

New Orleans Saints linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar has filled in admirably in the middle for injured pro bowler Jonathan Vilma the last two weeks. He's fast, he's young, and he's third on the team in tackles. In Sunday's win over the Atlanta Falcons, he made the biggest play of his career.

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Harper Named NFC Player Of The Week

New Orleans Saints strong safety Roman Harper was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week today. Harper was outstanding against the rival Atlanta Falcons, finishing with 16 tackles.

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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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