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Falcons vs Saints 2015: Who to Watch in a Heated Season Finale

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Our Falcons are out of the playoffs, yeah, but there's still exciting things to be watching for in Week 17 of the regular season. Here's who y'all should be keeping an eye on as we say goodbye to 2015.

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Grady Jarrett, Defensive Tackle

With Paul Soliai headed to injured reserve, rookie defensive tackle Grady Jarrett will get another shot at picking up a hefty chunk of defensive snaps this afternoon. Grady has arguably been Atlanta's more productive rookie per play this season, and will likely be key to the victory we'll be celebrating at around 4:00 p.m. EST.

Devonta Freeman, Running Back

The most pleasant surprise of the 2015 season easily goes to Devonta, who took the league by storm when he and Julio Jones mounted a comeback on the Dallas Cowboys in Week 3. New Orleans brings with them the league's second worst run defense -- allowing five yards per carry and 12 rushing touchdowns on the season. Freeman should get nearly all the snaps at tailback with Coleman out, and the offense relying heavily on the play action pass.

Vic Beasley, Edge Rusher

Expectations for Atlanta's pass rush have risen for the future after a dominant performance by Vic Beasley and company last week. As always, New Orleans will be bringing with them a prolific passing attack, and a running game that leaves some to be desired. Look for the defense to be able to pin their ears back, and Beasley to take part in the pressure on the infamous Drew Brees.

For the last time this season, let us know below who you'll be keeping an eye on this week!