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Falcons stun Saints in Atlanta’s ‘Super Bowl’

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is sacked by Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker De’Vondre Campbell in the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons’ 2019 season has been a disaster, but in Week 10 they secured a win that will help their fans sleep better at night. The Falcons defense dominated the New Orleans Saints en route to a 26-9 road victory. The Falcons were a 14-point underdog in this game, which was the largest point spread in the history of this rivalry.

The Falcons had been on track for a top five draft pick, and while that still might happen, they were going to be up for this game. The Falcons and Saints have a lengthy rivalry, so this was going to be the “Super Bowl” on the Falcons remaining schedule. The relative dominance was rather surprising, but Dan Quinn got his guys up for this one.

Matt Ryan had a solid performance in his return from a sprained ankle, throwing for two touchdowns. What made this game for Atlanta though, was the defense. They had six sacks of Drew Brees, which is one less than their entire season total entering the game. Quinn has always been known as a defensive mind, and clearly he came out with everything and the kitchen sink in Week 10.

The Falcons shot at the No. 1 pick takes a hit, but I doubt they’re overly concerned. And they’ll lose enough games that a top five pick is still a very real possibility.

This is a huge loss for the Saints. They entered the day 7-1, leading the Panthers by two games in the NFC South and trailing the 49ers by one game for the best record. They drop to 7-2, and await the Packers-Panthers and 49ers-Seahawks results. The Packers are 7-2 as well, so a win would move them a half game up on New Orleans. A 49ers would win move them three games up on New Orleans for the best record.

The Saints travel to face the Buccaneers in Week 11. The Falcons travel to face the Panthers.