NFL.com and NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport has his thoughts on the game:
Why this game is intriguing: When they last crossed paths, the Saints couldn't lose and the Falcons couldn't run. Now, everything has changed. New Orleans took a mistake-filled loss to the San Francisco 49ers, putting its playoff chances on life support. And the Falcons took a giant step toward finally being a well-rounded team, even if the ground production came in the form of little Jacquizz Rodgers. This rivalry certainly doesn't lack venom, thanks to a number of recent incidents. Like the Saints hosting a posedown on the Falcons' logo. Or Saints quarterback Drew Brees breaking the single-season yardage record late in a 29-point game last season. Or even new Saints star linebacker Curtis Lofton offering his old team no respect this week. This will be a great one to watch, because it'll be high-scoring and fun. But what happens after the final whistle might be just as entertaining.
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