Wing Tips: Falcons at Saints

Posted Sep 4, 2013

With the Falcons heading to New Orleans to face the Saints for their season opener, take a look at a few interesting facts about the historic matchup

The Falcons are marching into New Orleans to battle the NFC rival Saints in their season opener. Here are some facts and tidbits about the matchup:

  • Sunday marks the 88th regular-season meeting between the Falcons and Saints with Atlanta holding a 46-41 advantage in the all-time series. The Falcons are 1-0 over the Saints all-time in playoff meetings.
  • Sunday’s 2013 season opener between the Falcons and Saints is not only a heated rivalry, but also a matchup of two of the NFC’s top clubs. Since 2008, the Falcons 56-24 record and .700 winning percentage lead the NFC, while the Saints 52-28 mark and .650 winning percentage rank third in the conference.
  • Falcons head coach Mike Smith enters kickoff weekend with a 3-2 record, while the Falcons own a 25-22 (.532) all-time record on kickoff weekend.
  • Head coach Mike Smith holds a record of 38-17 when the Falcons play day games (1 p.m. ET) as well as a 23-17 record for away games.
  • Safety William Moore earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording a game-high 13 tackles (10 solo) with two tackles for loss and two interceptions in Atlanta’s 23-13 win over New Orleans in Week 13 of the 2012 season.
  • In 2012, the Falcons were one of two teams in the NFL to rank in the top seven in both scoring offense and scoring defense.
  • Since 2009, the Falcons and Saints have battled for the NFC South title. The team that has gone on to win the title has won so with a 13-3 record. Also of note, no NFC South team has won the division in consecutive years. Here is a breakdown:

    2009 - Saints (13-3 record)
    2010 - Falcons (13-3 record)
    2011 – Saints (13-3 record)
    2012 – Falcons (13-3 record)
  • Four of the Falcons best seasons, in terms of turnovers, have come since 2008 and the Falcons have never turned the ball over more than 25 times in a single season under Smith.

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