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Game 11 Reaction: Saints vs. Falcons

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Nov 21, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton on the sidelines in the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The Saints won 17-13. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s some fact stats:

  • I mentioned Pierre Thomas owning Atlanta. He has 14 career games against them, and out of the 36 total touchdowns PT has, a third of the (12) have come against the Falcons. He also has 710 career rushing yards & 300 career receiving yards against them.
  • Sean Payton improves to 13-3 over the Falcons, and sweeps them for the 5th time in his career.
  • Despite the early success Matt Ryan & company, the Falcons didn’t eclipse 300 passing yards or 100 rushing yards.
  • The Saints officially handed the Falcons their first losing season since 2007, when the team finished 4-12.
  • Jimmy Graham is one 100-yard game away from breaking Tony Gonzalez’s single season record for most 100-yard games by a tight end in one season. Gonzalez had six in 2000 & 2004.
  • Graham is also tied with Lions receiver Calvin Johnson (Megatron) with most reception touchdowns in the league (11), and Bengals receiver A.J. Green with most 100-yard reception games in the league (6).
  • Drew Brees passed one of the great quarterbacks of the NFL, Warren Moon, last night to move into 5th place all-time in passing yards. 
  • Brees is just shy of 500 yards to become the 5th quarterback in NFL history to reach 50,000 yards. He would join Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, and John Elway.
  • For the moment, the Saints are tied with the Bills with 37 sacks, which is league leading

So, the Saints move to 9-2 on the season, and currently sport a 3-0 NFC South Record. They essentially win their third game in a row in a 12-day stretch. I alluded to this being the toughest part of the schedule, and to be 3-0 after these tough opponents, it’s extremely encouraging.

Next up for the Saints? A showdown with the NFC’s top seed, the Seattle Seahawks, who are 10-1. The Saints have a good bit of time between this game, as it will not be until Monday, December 2nd. I don’t have to tell you the hype building around this game, as it’s being labeled the ‘Battle for the NFC’ aka Home Field Advantage.

We’ll enjoy this victory a little longer, and the players will enjoy some much needed rest. Come Monday, it’s all about Seattle.

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