NEW ORLEANS, LA — The Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints are set to face off in Week 18’s Game of the Week, a matchup with significant implications for the NFC South and the playoff picture. Both teams enter this final regular-season game with high stakes, as the outcome will directly impact their playoff seeding.

Falcons’ Road to Victory

The Falcons, currently at 11-5, are coming off a convincing 48-27 win against the Chicago Bears. Quarterback Desmond Ridder has been a key player, throwing for 2845 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 18 interceptions this season. Running back Bijan Robinson, with 1953 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns, has been a dominant force on the ground. The Falcons’ offense ranks 5th in points per game at 29.8 and 1st in rushing yards per game at 176.6.

Saints’ Strong Position

The Saints, standing at 12-4, recently secured a 23-10 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Quarterback Derek Carr has been instrumental, passing for 4141 yards, 35 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. The Saints’ offense is 3rd in points per game at 29.4 and 7th in passing yards per game at 256.5.

Player Quotes on the Matchup

  • Falcons’ Desmond Ridder: “This game is everything. It’s not just about winning the division; it’s about proving we’re ready for the playoffs. We’re focused and determined to come out on top.”
  • Saints’ Derek Carr: “We’ve worked hard all season for moments like this. The Falcons are a great team, but we’re ready to show our strength and secure our spot.”

Previous Meeting

In their last meeting in Week 12, the Saints defeated the Falcons 37-22, with Carr throwing for 453 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Injury Report

The Falcons will be without MLB Troy Andersen (dislocated ankle) and C Drew Dalman (dislocated hip). The Saints have no significant injuries reported.

Playoff Implications

A win for the Falcons could improve their playoff seeding, while the Saints aim to solidify their position in the NFC playoff picture. Both teams are vying for a favorable matchup in the postseason.


As the regular season concludes, this NFC South rivalry game between the Falcons and Saints is set to be a thrilling encounter, with both teams eager to make a statement before heading into the playoffs.

Previous Meeting

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PASS: D.Carr 18-28, 148 YDS, 0 TD | RUSH: B.Robinson 23 CAR, 126 YDS, 1 TD | REC: M.Thomas 8 REC, 77 YDS, 0 TD