Saints vs. Falcons: 10 Keys to the Game for Atlanta

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Saints vs. Falcons: 10 Keys to the Game for Atlanta

You know the background story by now: 

The Saints have won three straight at the Georgia Dome. 

Overall, the Saints have won 11 of the past 13 meetings against the Falcons, including having the honor of being the Falcons' lone defeat this season. 

The Saints don't consider the Falcons to be their rivals.

The Saints think the Falcons lack class, and consider the Falcons to be their “little brothers.”

Enough is enough.  If you can't get fired up about Thursday Night's Falcons-Saints matchup, then you don't bleed red and black. 

The good news for the Falcons is that if you take away the pre-Mike Smith era losses (2006 and 2007), and last year's 45-16 Monday Night Football debacle, the remaining wins in the Saints' recent streak of “dominance” over the Falcons were all by single digits.  The Falcons don't need to re-invent the wheel to beat the Saints, but they do need to tweak their approach.

Last Sunday, we had the pleasure of watching the 49ers beat the Saints again, in a game that the Saints had to have just like they did in last January's NFC Divisional Playoff Game. 

What does that have to do with the Falcons?  Sometimes the enemy of your enemy can be your friend. 

At 5-6, the Saints are clinging to their playoff lives, and they will bring everything they've got to the Georgia Dome for a national television game that promises to give the Falcons a great preview of things to come in January. 

Let's take a look at 10 keys to victory for the Falcons, including a couple of points that the Falcons can take from San Francisco's approach to beating the Saints in order to cripple Who Dat Nation's faint playoff hopes Thursday night. 

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