The New Orleans Saints return to action on Sunday afternoon, hosting the New England Patriots in an NFC/AFC showdown.

The contest represents the 2017 home opener for the Saints.

Kickoff time at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana is scheduled for noon, and you can hear all the play-by-play action on ESPN 1420, as well as 97.3 The Dawg.

You can also watch the game on CBS, and locally on KLFY TV-10..

New England leads the all-time series, 9-4, and has won last four of the last five meetings.

The Patriots also won the last match-up between the two franchises, downing the Saints, 30-27, back in 2013.

New Orleans will be trying to avoid an 0-2 start for the fourth-consecutive year.

Both teams dropped their respective season openers last week, with the Saints losing to the Minnesota Vikings, 29-19, and the Patriots falling to the Kansas City Chiefs, 41-27.

Offensively, the Saints are averaging 19 points-per-game, along with 344.0 total yards, including 284.0 passing yards, and 60.9 rushing yards-per-game.

New Orleans is led by quarterback Drew Brees, who has thrown for 291 yards and a touchdown, along with running back Adrian Peterson, who has rushed for 18 yards on 6 carries, and tight end Coby Fleener, who has caught 5 passes for 54 yards and a touchdown.

The Patriots are averaging 27.0 points, to go along with 371.0 total yards, including 247.0 passing yards, and 124.0 rushing yards a game.

New England is paced by quarterback Tom Brady, who has thrown for 267 yards, along with receiver Danny Amendola, who has caught 6 passes passes for 100 yards, and running back Mike Gillislee, who has rushed for 45 yards and 3 touchdowns on 15 carries.

Defensively, the Saints giving up an average of 470.0 yards-per-game, including 341.0 passing yards and 129.0 rushing yards, while the Patriots are allowing 41.0 points, to go along along with 537.0 total yards, including 352.0 passing yards and 185.0 rushing yards.