Saints and Falcons rivalry should be ramped up this Sunday


December 26, 2011; New Orleans, LA, USA; Atlanta Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud (28) hits New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) forcing an incompletion during a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Falcons 45-16. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

The Sunday contest between the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons is already being billed as a must watch event not only for the NFC South rivalry, but the underlying meaning a victory would mean for both teams.

It’s no secret that the Saints and Falcons don’t care for each other that much.  Although there are two other teams in the division, there is just something about these two going head to head.

From the fabled blocked punt by former safety Steve Gleason to the bitter taste that allegedly still exists from quarterback Drew Brees breaking the single season passing record against the Falcons last season. columnist Pete Prisco actually called the move “classless” on the Saints part and asked the Falcons recently about the incident.  Prisco said one Falcons player pointed to his head and said, “All of that stuff is right here.”

The back and forth between the two teams dos’t just stop with the players, but the fans as well.  It is commonplace for Falcons wide receiver Roddy White to engage Saints fans on Twitter in a war on words.

Of course this game means a lot to both teams when it comes to what it ultimately means down the road.  The Saints are currently 3-5 on the season while the Falcons remain undefeated at 8-0.

If the Saints want to keep even the slimmest playoff hopes alive, a victory would still keep them somewhat in the hunt as well as give the team a huge confidence boost as well.

For the Falcons a victory will mean not only 9-0, but a huge boost to their ego in knocking the Saints off in their own stadium.  Then they would face them again in Atlanta on November 29th to seal their dominance in the NFC South.