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Falcons vs. Saints: A brief look at the series history

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The Falcons are playing tomorrow. On Thanksgiving. On National TV. Against the Saints.

If the Falcons weren’t 3-8 with next to nothing to play for, it’d be the functional equivalent of an early Christmas gift. But alas, given their recent return to mediocrity, there’s a decent chance tomorrow’s game ends poorly.

So let’s take a quick look this storied, fun-filled series history, shall we?

The Falcons currently lead the series, 53-48. So that said, take solace in this: even if this season gets worse because the Saints kick our butts on Thanksgiving, they still won’t lead the series. It’s the small victories, folks.

The Saints have won 3 of the last 4 matchups, for what that’s worth. The first time these teams played was over 50 years ago on November 26, 1967. The Saints won that game, 27-24.

During their last matchup on November 10, 2019 in New Orleans, the Falcons defense came alive, sacking Drew Brees 6 times. Matt Ryan threw touchdown passes to Austin Hooper and Brian Hill. And the Saints shot themselves in the foot, committing 12 penalties (90 penalty yards). I’m not expecting a similar outcome tomorrow, nor should you.

Your thoughts, Falcoholics?