Saints & Falcons ready for NFC South Division Showdown

By A.J. Giardina – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Falcons have been almost unbeatable inside the Georgia Dome but the 12 and 2 Falcons have had some close calls all season long, including a 27-24 overtime win against the Saints in New Orleans in the third game of the season.

Atlanta needs one win in their last two games to clinch a division title and the top seed in the NFC.

This game feels like a playoff game.

By beating the Falcons the Saints can close the gap in the NFC South Division to one game with one game remaining in the regular season.

It won't be easy.

Since quarterback Matt Ryan has been leading the Atlanta offense, he has guided the Falcons to 19 wins and one loss inside the Georgia Dome.

However New Orleans still has a shot at claiming the NFC South Division title by beating Atlanta Monday night and Tampa Bay in the season finale, but would need Carolina to upset the Falcons.

Brees said, "Really it's just about this game and finding a way to win this game."  He added, "We want to win because of what it does for us in locking up a playoff spot. You know it's a divisional game, on the road against a team that potentially is looking at the one seed."

Brees has tossed 31 touchdown passes and 19 interceptions.

Ryan has connected on 25 TD passes and only 9 picks.

Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez knows playing in the Georgia Dome is a huge plus for Atlanta.

"It's huge for us obviously with the record that we've been able to amass, " Gonzalez stated.  "Playing at home it's an advantage of us. We need to go out there and exploit it and keep it an advantage. And I'm looking forward to it. Been on the road a long time and it's going to be good to get back to the home crowd and go out there and play some football."@

Earlier this week Falcons wide receiver Roddy White tweeted, saying, "The grace of God gave them that championship so the city wouldn't fall apart."

His statement was a reference to post-Katrina.

He also said the Saints won a championship and want to go crazy. He said the Saints won't win this year and the Falcons will make sure of that.

On Wednesday White said he was sorry and doesn't expect to feel more heat from the Saints defense.

"No I already think I'm going to be a target every time I play those guys," White said. "Nothing doesn't change. I'm just going out there play my game, be physical and try to win on my side of the ball."@

The Falcons have been tabbed a 2 and a-half point favorite over the Saints.

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