11/29/2012 06:51 pm ET

Falcons vs. Saints LIVE UPDATES: New Orleans, Atlanta Sqaure Off On Thursday Night

New Orleans Saints
Atlanta Falcons
8:20 PM ET
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
TV: NFL Network
Live Blog: You're Already Here

Despite their 0-4 start, the New Orleans Saints find themselves in the NFC Wild Card playoff hunt. But at 5-6, the Saints have very litte margin for further error.

Fortunately for the Saints, they're playing a team they have dominated over the past few years: their NFC South rivals Atlanta Falcons.

New Orleans has proved to be the only team the ascendant Atlanta Falcons have trouble beating over the last few years, at least in the regular season. The Falcons have lost their last four straight games against the Saints. And since Week 6 of last year, they are 18-1 against the rest of the league, per ESPN Stats and Info.

So far this year, New Orleans is the only team to get the best of Atlanta, winning 31-27 at the Superdome in Week 10. But according to Falcons receiver Roddy White, that had nothing to do with the Saints.

"I feel like we kind of gave it away. We just gave it to them," he said after the loss, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "It wasn’t nothing they did. It was what we did in not cashing in on opportunities. We play them against in three weeks and we’ll be ready."

If the Falcons can finally get past the Saints on Thursday night, not only will they improve 11-1 but they'll also hurt their rivals' playoff hopes and the chances they meet again in January.


11/29/2012 11:39 PM EST



The #Falcons defense had Drew Brees' number & tonight it's 5--the most INTs he's thrown in 1 game. Brees' 54-game TD pass streak is history.

11/29/2012 11:38 PM EST

@ JeffDuncanTP :

Nightmare night for Drew Brees: 28 of 50, 341 yards, career-high 5 INTs and for the first time since 2009 w/o a TD. Passer rating: 37.6.

11/29/2012 11:38 PM EST

@ SI_PeterKing :

Biermann, Dunta, Abraham, Moore, Mike Nolan ... Take bows, Atlanta D. You totally undressed Brees tonight.

11/29/2012 11:37 PM EST

Time For The Knee

Matt Ryan take a knee. He'll have to take at least one more and the Falcons will win 23-13.

11/29/2012 11:36 PM EST

2nd and 6

Rodgers starts left and then cuts right up the middle and picks up the first down. Saints call their final timeout but that should do it.

11/29/2012 11:35 PM EST

@ JeffDuncanTP :

This is the first five-interception game of Drew Brees' career.

11/29/2012 11:35 PM EST

1st and 10

Rodgers runs right and gains 4 yards. Saints call timeout.

11/29/2012 11:35 PM EST


Ok NOW Brees has thrown his 5th interception. He threw it deep to Lance Moore but WILLIAM Moore comes flying into the picture and picks it off. There goes Brees' streak of consecutive games with a TD pass.

11/29/2012 11:33 PM EST

@ ProFootballTalk :

Brees' 54-game TD pass streak is in grave danger.

11/29/2012 11:33 PM EST

@ wyche89 :

Drew Brees just caught a major break -- Airport Bus Eggers