Falcons would love a rematch with Saints
It’s too early to forecast who the Atlanta Falcons will face when the playoffs open, but make no mistake about it, they would love another shot at the New Orleans Saints.
The Falcons were obliterated by the Saints on Monday night, blown out of the Superdome 45-16 in a game that secured the NFC South title for New Orleans. If the playoffs began this week, the Falcons would be the sixth seed and they would travel to third-seeded New Orleans for a rematch.
But the Falcons can move up to the No. 5 seed with a victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday combined with a loss by the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Packers. The Saints can also climb to the No. 2 seed, but they would need a victory and a loss by the San Francisco 49ers at the St. Louis Rams. That seems unlikely.
Do the Falcons really want to tangle with the high-powered Saints again?
“Oh, most definitely,” Falcons safety William Moore said, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We’ll be prepared much better. Hopefully, we can make a run. If we come to New Orleans, we know what to expect.”
The Saints would have to pull off a three-game sweep of the Falcons this season, which can be difficult. New Orleans toppled the Falcons in overtime in Atlanta after the controversial decision by Mike Smith to go for it on fourth-and-one on his own side of the field.
“We have to take this and learn that we can’t make these mistakes against great teams,” Moore said. “Drew (Brees) proved himself to be the elite quarterback in the NFL for right now. We have to capitalize on the mistakes we made.”
The Falcons will need their best defensive effort of the season to come away with a win and that starts with a pass rush, something they sorely lacked on Monday.
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