Saints-Falcons Capsule

NEW ORLEANS (8-2) at ATLANTA (2-8)

Thursday, 8 p.m. ET, NFL Network

OPENING LINE - Saints by 7

RECORD VS. SPREAD - New Orleans 6-3-1, Atlanta 2-8

SERIES RECORD - Falcons lead 47-42

LAST MEETING - Saints beats Falcons 23-17, Sept. 8, 2013

LAST WEEK - Saints beat 49ers 23-20; Falcons lost to Buccaneers 41-28

AP PRO32 RANKING -Saints No. 4, Falcons No. 31





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Saints QB Drew Brees connected with 11 receivers in last week's victory, second time this season he has hooked up with double-digit pass catchers. ... New Orleans has 13 players with at least one reception. ... New Orleans and Atlanta are only teams to have at least 10 players with touchdowns catches this season. ... New Orleans lost starting CB Jabari Greer to season-ending knee injury against San Francisco. Corey White is expected to take over, and Saints signed free agent Trevin Wade to add depth. ... WR Marques Colston broke Eric Martin's two-decade-old record for most yards receiving in Saints history. Colston is coming off five-catch, 80-yard performance that pushed him to 7,923 yards, eclipsing Martin's 7,854 from 1985-93. ... Saints have run for 334 yards and four touchdowns in last two weeks after ranking near bottom of league in rushing over first eight games. ... New Orleans trails only Seattle (10-1) in race for home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs. Seahawks are off this week. ... Falcons are one defeat away from ensuring first losing season since 2007 and first under coach Mike Smith. ... Little-used Antone Smith had biggest rushing game of season by Atlanta back in loss to Tampa Bay, 88 yards on two carries. ... Falcons have not had 100-yard rusher since Michael Turner ran for 102 yards in victory over Dallas on Nov. 4, 2012, span of 20 consecutive games including last season's playoffs. ... Atlanta TE Tony Gonzalez has caught at least one pass in 205 consecutive games, second-longest streak in NFL history behind Jerry Rice (274). Gonzalez's last game without catch was Nov. 26, 2000. ... Falcons, who came into season with Super Bowl aspirations after reaching 2012 NFC championship game, are tied with Minnesota and Tampa Bay for second-worst record in league. Only Jacksonville (1-9) has won fewer games, putting Atlanta in position for top overall pick in next year's draft. ... After posting 33-7 home record over last five years, Falcons are just 2-3 at Georgia Dome this season.


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