Falcons and Saints Battle With Playoff Lives on Line

Falcons and Saints NFL Football

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

SeedTeamDivisionRecord
1East12-2-0
2North12-3-0
3West10-4-0
4South10-4-0
5South10-4-0
6South9-5-0

Still Alive

SeedTeamDivisionRecord
7North8-6-0
8West8-6-0
9East8-6-0

Eliminated

SeedTeamDivisionRecord
10North7-8-0
11East6-8-0
12West6-8-0
13South4-10-0
14West4-10-0
15North4-10-0
16East2-12-0

 

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

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Atlanta9-56-822.7120.142.574-32-55-92-53-4
New Orleans10-47-728.6420.148.53-44-38-65-23-4
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
ATL16.1616.070.09
NO14.0316.31-2.28

Yards Per Pass

NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
ATL11.669.292.37
NO10.8510.710.14
Yards Per Rush
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
ATL4.484.300.18
NO4.894.500.39
Team Records

Atlanta Falcons

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall9-54-35-26-84-32-522.7120.142.57
vs Conf8-24-14-16-44-12-325.2019.605.60
vs Div1-10-01-10-20-00-220.5020.500.00
Last 32-11-11-01-21-10-117.6717.330.34

New Orleans Saints

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall10-46-14-37-73-44-328.6420.148.50
vs Conf7-35-02-35-53-22-328.3021.706.60
vs Div1-10-01-11-10-01-125.5016.509.00
Last 32-12-00-11-21-10-126.3320.006.33

Falcons and Saints Supergrid

TitleStatRankStatRank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense22.711520.149
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense250.717231.0021
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense116.868117.2922
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense28.64320.1410
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense284.002221.1414
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense137.867117.4319

Falcons and Saints Head To Head Summary

NameRecordATSOUScoreRushYPRPACPPYTYTO +/-
Atlanta6-46-43-6-126.10124.005.1036.6068.31281.80405.801.30
New Orleans4-64-63-6-123.3092.303.8842.8067.52313.40405.701.70

Falcons and Saints Head To Head Detail

DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
Dec 7, 2017NOATL17-205025630611322113433
Jan 1, 2017NOATL32-3813234147311423234650
Sep 26, 2016ATLNO45-3221722544201153594742
Jan 3, 2016NOATL20-17673233901923274192
Oct 15, 2015ATLNO21-311502634133813043850
Dec 21, 2014ATLNO30-14813224030572713284
Sep 7, 2014NOATL34-3713933347221234455681
Nov 21, 2013NOATL17-131032713740912643551
Sep 8, 2013ATLNO17-23882793672783414191
Nov 29, 2012NOATL13-2310133543651241592831

Falcons and Saints Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Atlanta Falcons

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Dec 18, 2017TB24-21W-7/49.5L/U20120941084289373-1A
Dec 7, 2017NO20-17W-2.5/51.5W/U132211343502563062H
Dec 3, 2017MIN9-14L-2/48.5L/U1021732751052073120H
Nov 26, 2017TB34-20W-10/47W/O148368516942793731H
Nov 20, 2017SEA34-31W-0/46W/O89190279136224360-1A

New Orleans Saints

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Dec 17, 2017NYJ31-19W-16.5/46.5L/O1312854161241702941H
Dec 7, 2017ATL17-20L2.5/51.5L/U50256306132211343-2A
Dec 3, 2017CAR31-21W-5.5/47.5W/O1482524001121672790H
Nov 26, 2017LAR20-26L2.5/54L/U12322334688327415-1A
Nov 19, 2017WAS34-31W-9.5/52.5L/O1603755351563004561H

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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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