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Falcons and Saints Battle With Playoff Lives on Line

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Falcons and Saints Still in NFC South Title Hunt as Well

Sunday when the Falcons and the Saints meet in one of the most underrated rivalries in the NFL. They battle at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Kickoff is set for 1 pm. EST and FOX Sports will have the telecast. The NFL Playoffs start today for these two teams.

A victory by either team will not clinch the NFC South title.  A loss would be devastating to either team’s prospects of winning the division. it would also end the possibility to host at least one playoff game. The Carolina Panthers have a lot to say about what goes on as well. They are right in the middle of this 3-way tango.

Oddsmakers opened the Saints as -5-point favorites versus the Falcons, while the game’s total opened at 52. The line has held steady most of the week.

The Saints have missed the playoffs the last three years by going 7-9 in each of those seasons. They have not played a game of this significance since facing Seattle in the first round of the 2013 playoffs.

If the Saints win and Carolina loses at home to Tampa Bay, New Orleans would clinch the NFC South by virtue of its sweep of the Panthers this season.

Second Game in Three Weeks for Teams

The Thursday night game in Atlanta 16 days ago had a little bit of everything for the Saints. Ten players left the field with injuries at some point. Rookie running back Alvin Kamara sustained a concussion on the first series on a helmet-to-helmet tackle by linebacker Deion Jones.

The Saints’ defense had pressure all night. They forced Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan into three turnovers. Without Kamara keeping the chains moving, the Saints offense was stuck in running in mud most of the time.

Saints coach Sean Payton was caught giving the choke sign late in the game to Atlanta running back Devonta Freeman. He was fined by the NFL earlier this week for entering the field in the final 70 seconds and complaining to the officials.

The Saints converted only 3 of 10 third downs in the last meeting. New Orleans normally potent running game was held to 50 yards on 15 attempts.

The Saints had six players named to the Pro Bowl this week. They were Brees, Mark Ingram, Kamara, receiver Michael Thomas defensive end Cam Jordan, and rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore. That is the most since they had seven make it in 2009, their Super Bowl season.

The Falcons, who won five of their last six games. They have rebounded from a 4-4 start. They had two players selected to the Pro Bowl. Wide receiver Julio Jones and center Alex Mack.

Jones did not practice Wednesday because of ankle and thumb injuries. He is expected to play. Running back Tevin Coleman returned to practice after missing Monday night’s 24-21 victory over Tampa Bay. He had been in concussion protocol. He sustained it against the Saints on Dec. 7.

Here is the NFC Playoff Picture Via CBS Sports.

NFC

Seed Team Division Record
1 East 12-2-0
2 North 12-3-0
3 West 10-4-0
4 South 10-4-0
5 South 10-4-0
6 South 9-5-0

Still Alive

Seed Team Division Record
7 North 8-6-0
8 West 8-6-0
9 East 8-6-0

Eliminated

Seed Team Division Record
10 North 7-8-0
11 East 6-8-0
12 West 6-8-0
13 South 4-10-0
14 West 4-10-0
15 North 4-10-0
16 East 2-12-0

 

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Philadelphia can clinch home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with:
1.) PHI win

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Minnesota can clinch a first-round bye with:
1.) CAR loss or tie

LOS ANGELES RAMS

Los Angeles can clinch the NFC West division title with:
1.) LAR win or tie OR
2.) SEA loss or tie

Los Angeles can clinch a playoff berth with:
1.) DET loss or tie + CAR loss + ATL loss

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

New Orleans can clinch the NFC South division title with:
1.) NO win + CAR loss

New Orleans can clinch a playoff berth with:
1.) NO win or tie OR
2.) DAL-SEA tie

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Carolina can clinch a playoff berth with:
1.) CAR win or tie OR
2.) DAL-SEA tie

ATLANTA FALCONS

Atlanta can clinch a playoff berth with:
1.) ATL win OR
2.) ATL tie + DAL-SEA tie + DET loss or tie

 

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Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Atlanta 9-5 6-8 22.71 20.14 2.57 4-3 2-5 5-9 2-5 3-4
New Orleans 10-4 7-7 28.64 20.14 8.5 3-4 4-3 8-6 5-2 3-4
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
Name Offense Defense Differential
ATL 16.16 16.07 0.09
NO 14.03 16.31 -2.28

Yards Per Pass

Name Offense Defense Differential
ATL 11.66 9.29 2.37
NO 10.85 10.71 0.14
Yards Per Rush
Name Offense Defense Differential
ATL 4.48 4.30 0.18
NO 4.89 4.50 0.39
Team Records

Atlanta Falcons

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 9-5 4-3 5-2 6-8 4-3 2-5 22.71 20.14 2.57
vs Conf 8-2 4-1 4-1 6-4 4-1 2-3 25.20 19.60 5.60
vs Div 1-1 0-0 1-1 0-2 0-0 0-2 20.50 20.50 0.00
Last 3 2-1 1-1 1-0 1-2 1-1 0-1 17.67 17.33 0.34

New Orleans Saints

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 10-4 6-1 4-3 7-7 3-4 4-3 28.64 20.14 8.50
vs Conf 7-3 5-0 2-3 5-5 3-2 2-3 28.30 21.70 6.60
vs Div 1-1 0-0 1-1 1-1 0-0 1-1 25.50 16.50 9.00
Last 3 2-1 2-0 0-1 1-2 1-1 0-1 26.33 20.00 6.33

Falcons and Saints Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 22.71 15 20.14 9
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense 250.71 7 231.00 21
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense 116.86 8 117.29 22
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 28.64 3 20.14 10
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense 284.00 2 221.14 14
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense 137.86 7 117.43 19

Falcons and Saints Head To Head Summary

Name Record ATS OU Score Rush YPR PA CP PY TY TO +/-
Atlanta 6-4 6-4 3-6-1 26.10 124.00 5.10 36.60 68.31 281.80 405.80 1.30
New Orleans 4-6 4-6 3-6-1 23.30 92.30 3.88 42.80 67.52 313.40 405.70 1.70

Falcons and Saints Head To Head Detail

Date Away Home Score Line Total OU Result ARY APY ATY ATT HRY HPY HTY HTT Away Team Attempts Home Team Attempts Away Team Completions Home Team Completions
Dec 7, 2017 NO ATL 17-20 50 256 306 1 132 211 343 3
Jan 1, 2017 NO ATL 32-38 132 341 473 1 142 323 465 0
Sep 26, 2016 ATL NO 45-32 217 225 442 0 115 359 474 2
Jan 3, 2016 NO ATL 20-17 67 323 390 1 92 327 419 2
Oct 15, 2015 ATL NO 21-31 150 263 413 3 81 304 385 0
Dec 21, 2014 ATL NO 30-14 81 322 403 0 57 271 328 4
Sep 7, 2014 NO ATL 34-37 139 333 472 2 123 445 568 1
Nov 21, 2013 NO ATL 17-13 103 271 374 0 91 264 355 1
Sep 8, 2013 ATL NO 17-23 88 279 367 2 78 341 419 1
Nov 29, 2012 NO ATL 13-23 101 335 436 5 124 159 283 1

Falcons and Saints Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Atlanta Falcons

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Dec 18, 2017 TB 24-21 W -7/49.5 L/U 201 209 410 84 289 373 -1 A
Dec 7, 2017 NO 20-17 W -2.5/51.5 W/U 132 211 343 50 256 306 2 H
Dec 3, 2017 MIN 9-14 L -2/48.5 L/U 102 173 275 105 207 312 0 H
Nov 26, 2017 TB 34-20 W -10/47 W/O 148 368 516 94 279 373 1 H
Nov 20, 2017 SEA 34-31 W -0/46 W/O 89 190 279 136 224 360 -1 A

New Orleans Saints

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Dec 17, 2017 NYJ 31-19 W -16.5/46.5 L/O 131 285 416 124 170 294 1 H
Dec 7, 2017 ATL 17-20 L 2.5/51.5 L/U 50 256 306 132 211 343 -2 A
Dec 3, 2017 CAR 31-21 W -5.5/47.5 W/O 148 252 400 112 167 279 0 H
Nov 26, 2017 LAR 20-26 L 2.5/54 L/U 123 223 346 88 327 415 -1 A
Nov 19, 2017 WAS 34-31 W -9.5/52.5 L/O 160 375 535 156 300 456 1 H

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Next up:
Atlanta home to Carolina Sunday, December 31
New Orleans at Tampa Bay Sunday, December 31

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