This is week three of a season long overview about the Falcons 2010 opponents.
This week, the Saints. The Falcons lead the series, 45-37, including the great postseason victory in 1991. The series started in 1967, when the Saints won the first meeting, 27-24, at old Tulane Stadium. The teams did not play each other in 1968, and every year since 1969, have played every season.
This is a rivalry series, doesn't get a lot of pub like the Bears-Packers, or Redskins-Cowboys, but it might especially should these teams contend for a few years. There's been a lot of great games and duds in this series. One of the duds (especially for Saints fans) was the 62-7 destruction job of the Saints opening day 1973, not going into details, but it was UGLY!! Best game was the first round playoff game in 1991, when the Falcons were down by 10 entering the fourth quarter, in which Chris Miller hit Michael Haynes with the long TD pass which helped seal the 27-20 victory.
Of course, we've had those big ben games of 1978, and the goofy OT game on opening day 1979. Been a streaky series, with then Falcons winning ten straight at on point. Currently, the Falcons are 1-7 in their last eight games against the Saints. It's time again for the Falcons to turn that in their favor. Falcons are 3-1 in OT against the Saints. Most of the games in this series are rather close (what you expect otherwise) and I expect the same on Sunday. Falcons outplayed the Saints both times last year, and they had two L's to show for it, and we need not go over those games again.
They haven't won in the Superdome since 2002, when Jay Feely kicked a game winning FG as time expired. Last road win was in 2005, at San Antonio when Katrina had displaced the Saints from NO. Now, it's on for Sunday, and Good Luck Falcons!!
Next week, the 49ers.