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Falcons vs. Saints: a quick look at the series history

Fact: Sean Payton smells like beef and cheese

NFL: New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

If you’re a Falcons fan, then you’re undoubtedly familiar with this rivalry. You can probably rattle off a montage of memorable moments from memory. (Say that 5 times fast!) And what’s more, you undoubtedly understand that the Saints and their fans are the legal and functional equivalent of a moldy hotdog. No matter how poorly the Falcons have played this season, tomorrow’s game is personal. It means something, especially with the Saints sitting atop the NFC South with serious playoff aspirations.

So as “Hate Week” draws to a close, let’s take a look at the series history.

The Falcons currently lead this series, 53-49, having split their games against the Saints last season. So no matter what happens tomorrow, take solace in this fun fact: Even if this season gets worse because the Saints kick our butts twice over the next 3 weeks, they still won’t lead the series by the end of the year. It’s the small things, right?

The Saints won 4 of their last 5 matchups against the Falcons, including a 26-18 victory on Thanksgiving last season. The first time these teams played was nearly 53 years ago on November 26, 1967. The Saints won that game, 27-24. Tommy McDonald caught a 32 touchdown pass from running back Perry Lee Dunn in front of over 83,000 fans that day.

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