Enter the Falcons into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the trash talking began in earnest. WWL 870 AM sideline reporter Kristian Garic tweeted that Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel came out for pregame warm-ups saying, “We taking this mother****** over today!”
Yahoo! Sports columnist Michael Silver also reported that tensions continued when during warm-ups several Falcons players taunted Lofton and were interfering with Saints players during their drills.
In a nod to the “logo incident”, the Falcons gathered onto the Saints logo right before kickoff and began dancing on top of it. The Saints however had the last dance and the last word in Sunday’s game in a 31-27 victory.
Lofton himself stayed humble and refused to give the Falcons any ammunition leading up to the game saying that this was just another one just like all the rest. Interim head coach Joe Vitt gave Lofton heaping amounts of praise for his poise and professionalism before and after the game.
Lofton couldn’t help it though when he spoke to the NOLA.com Saints beat writer Larry Holder after and gave a sly comment about the supposed rivalry between the two teams. Lofton stated,
“A rivalry? I wouldn’t say so because the Saints always (are) out on top of that.”