Week 13 in the NFL was set up to deliver some excitement and definitely deliver a shakeup in the playoff picture. Lots of teamâ€™s desperately needed to win while others just needed to keep pace and send a message to the league. Our Thursday Night Football match up delivered just that with a NFC South dog fight. The Atlanta Falcons (10-1) hosting the New Orleans Saints (5-6) in what started out as a grudge match for the Falcons whose only loss came from these New Orleans Saints. Many called them overrated and didn’t know exactly the identity of this team heading into this game. Even so, they were sitting pretty and could potentially clinch a playoff berth by the end of the weekend, but the Saints on the other hand? They were just fighting for their playoff lives.
The Falcons would jump on the Saints early and it would only get worse for Drew Brees as the night went on. By the end of the night, Brees had thrown five, yes that’s right ladies and gentleman, five interceptions and no touchdown passes. His record of 54 consecutive games with a touchdown pass came to an end and will now be remembered as one of the greatest records in NFL history, which is a record that may never be broken and will be remembered as nothing short of spectacular. It was definitely a hard one to swallow for Brees, but losing the game and possibly ending the Saints playoff chances hurt worse than anything. Matt Ryan didn’t play the best game of his life, but with the way his defense played he really didn’t have to. Matt Bryant booted three field goals and Michael Turner showed his power by getting into the endzone. The Saints couldn’t get it together offensively and would definitely need to go to the drawing board before hitting the field the next time around.
The Falcons showed their identity in this game and the best part about it all, it was when the spotlight was on them. With this dominant win over rival NFC South foe, they proved they can hang tough with any other team in the National Football League. But we’ve seen this in years past with Atlanta and it’s always been this way in the regular season. It’s a proven fact that you don’t make a name for yourself until you get that huge first playoff win. Matt Ryan will look to do that this year when he leads his team into the playoffs. This team thinks they have what it takes to take it all and after the dominant performance they put up this week who would argue with them?
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