Few rivalries are more competitive and heated than the one between the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints. The New England Patriots and New York Jets have hated each other for years. The Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers matchup is known to get nasty. And the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have strongly fought relevance for over a decade.
Thanks to new rules regarding the Super Bowl, a team can use their rival’s locker room and practice facility. You know where this is going with the Saints one of the favorites to play in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The Saints, currently the one-seed in the NFC with plenty of breathing room, are desperately in the hunt for their first Super Bowl victory untainted by a cheating scandal primarily ran by coaches and the Saints organization. As far as we are aware, the Saints have not cheated in their wins this year.
Per D. Orlando Ledbetter, there will be no changes to the arrangement, and the NFC winner will get to use the Falcons’ facilities.
The Saints typically play in a stadium that embodies New Orleans by blacking out, so this will be quite the transition. Assuming they win the NFC, the Saints would practice at Flowery Branch and stay in the home team’s locker room.
The Falcons, all-time leader of the rivalry with a 52 to 48 record, the longer win streak (10 games), and the biggest victory (62-7), will need to make some changes if the Saints with the NFC.
For one, everything needs to be Scotchgarded as Saints players are known to pee everywhere. Next, the Falcons should put armed security guards by the team’s drug locker to prevent any mysterious Vicodin disappearances. It might make sense to give Sean Payton some added security guard in the likely event he harasses fans instead of coaching his football team. That, of course, assumes he’s not too busy harassing opposing players or coaches. Law enforcement should be on the lookout for scammers peddling pyramid schemes to unsuspecting and feeble-minded Saints fans.
While the Falcons have a lot to worry about if the Saints invade their home, we can all agree Alvin Kamara will be on his best behavior.
Alvin Kamara, your thoughts on the Saints being 9-3 this season? pic.twitter.com/0kNA8pKV3B— Old Player Tweets (@OldPlayerTweets) December 4, 2017
Falcons fans will certainly hope another team ends up winning the NFC. Perhaps in a thrilling, last second victory. Like this one.