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The Atlanta Falcons entered this game leading the all-time series 52-48 against the New Orleans Saints. Tack another into the win column after the Falcons strolled into New Orleans and played their best game of the season, dominating the Saints en route to 26-9 win.
Yes, the Falcons held the Saints to a mere nine points at home.
There was definite reason to worry that the team would continue its lifeless run with a tough rivalry matchup, and Atlanta definitely allayed those concerns by putting together an extremely strong performance. Dan Quinn’s seat still remains extra toasty, but the Falcons snapped the Saints’ six-game winning streak and notched their second victory of the season.
DQ relinquishes DC duties
Dan Quinn bet on himself by assuming the role of defensive coordinator this season, and it’s safe to say that experiment has failed miserably. As such, it was confirmed prior to the Saints game that Quinn had ceded defensive coordinator duties to linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich.
Austin Hooper is enjoying a revelatory season, one that will likely net him a very large new contract. On Sunday he tied Tony Gonzalez for the most consecutive games with a touchdown. Kudos, Hoop.
Awful news for second-year running back Ito Smith, whose season is now over due to a neck injury. Ito was placed on injured reserve Saturday morning and offensive guard Sean Harlow was elevated to the active roster.
Devonta Freeman started the game very strong but was later ruled out due to an ankle injury.
Austin Hooper also picked up a knock in the fourth quarter and immediately limped off of the field. We’ll be sure to update you as soon as we have further news on his status for next week.
The Falcoholic Live
Care to take a deeper look at the Falcons’ loss to the Saints? You totally want to. If you missed Kevin Knight, Jeanna Thomas, and Evan Birchfield in the post-game episode of The Falcoholic Live, you can watch the full show right here.