When the Falcons and Saints play on Sunday, it will be the 90th meeting of the two teams. While these two teams have largely been sadsacks up until the last decade, theirs is one of the most established rivalries in NFL history, stretching back to 1967 and framed against the backdrop of a 49ers-dominated NFC West and competitive NFC South.
It's fair to say there's no love lost between these teams or their fans, and we'll talk more about that a little later into what many have dubbed #SaintsHateWeek. Suffice to say the Falcons have not fared well in recent years against Sean Payton and Drew Brees, a trend we'll hope they begin to reverse on September 7th.
Here's a collection of records, interesting facts and so forth for these two teams. We'll make this a weekly feature this season, but you're unlikely to be as interested any other team. These are the reviled Saints, after all.
Falcons-Saints Rivalry History
All-Time Record: 46-43, Falcons
First Game: Saints 27, Falcons 24 (Nov. 20, 1967)
Post-season Record: 1-0, Falcons (Dec. 28, 1991)
Longest Win Streak: Falcons, with 10 from Sept. 15, 1995 to Dec. 5, 1999)
Last 10 Games: Saints 8-2
Preferred Weapons of the Rivalry: Eggs and Photography
Saints' Biggest Win: 38 points in a 38-0 victory, Nov. 1, 1987
Falcons' Biggest Win: 55 points in a 62-7 victory, Sept. 16, 1973
Last 3 Seasons
- Saints 17, Falcons 13 (Nov. 21, 2013)
- Saints 23, Falcons 17 (Sept. 8, 2013)
- Falcons 23, Saints 13 (Nov. 29, 2012)
- Saints 31, Falcons 27 (Nov. 11, 2012)\
- Saints 45, Falcons 16 (Dec. 26, 2011)
- Saints 23, Falcons 23 (Nov. 13, 2011)