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NFC South Report: Falcons and Panthers win, Buccaneers lose by six

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For the second time in two weeks the Saints have sit and watched the outcome of Sunday’s NFL games while they await their turn in the spot light when they host New York Giants on Monday Night Football.

The Saints are hoping to increase their lead in the NFC South, but also separate themselves from other NFC competitors when it comes to playoff seeding as the season nears it’s end.

Beating the Giants is a step in the right direction as is beating the Lions, whom they host this Sunday in yet another prime time game awarded to them by CBS.

Today the Saints didn’t get much kelp within the division. The Carolina Panthers and the Atlanta Falcons both won their respective games.

For the Panthers (3-8) they were finally able to get that elusive road win, all be it against a terrible Indianapolis Colts team that has collapsed without the great Peyton Manning at the helm.

Carolina did most of it’s scoring courtesy of the rush as running back DeAngelo Williams ran in two touchdowns while quarterback Cam Newton chipped in another — his tenth of the season.

But even with the Panther’s controlling much of the game with a potent rush attack the Colts had a chance to score a winning touchdown in the waining moments of the contest.

Curtis Painter guided Indianapolis back inside the Carolina five yard line with about a minute to go. But Austin Collie couldn’t hang onto his pass, and Sherrod Martin snagged it out of the air to seal the victory for Carolina.

Atlanta (7-4) meanwhile was able to get by the struggling Minnesota Vikings at home in the Georgia Dome thanks to the arm of Matt Ryan, who threw for 262 yards and three touchdowns.