If you need proof—and you most likely do because most folks outside the South don’t understand just how heated this rivalry is—look no further than the reception the Saints got upon landing in Atlanta on Wednesday.
It appears this rivalry extends much beyond the players on the field.
But this egging incident isn’t the first act of shenanigans in recent memory. And the Atlanta fans and players aren’t the only instigators.
Saints defensive tackle Remi Ayodele told CBS Sports senior writer Pete Prisco that while posing on the Georgia Dome field after a win in 2010 he let out some aggression.
“I pissed on the Falcons logo,” Ayodele told Prisco.
Since that Dec. 26, 2010 game in the Georgia Dome we’ve had reports of urination by the Saints and now some egg tossing by Falcons’ fans at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. We’ve also seen four games—all won by the Saints—and all but one decided by a mere three points.
Get ready for a battle Thursday night in the Georgia Dome when these two meet for their Week 13 battle.
Zak Griffith of Atlanta Field Report warns the Falcons to make sure they have a better way to counter Saints tight end Jimmy Graham on Thursday.
The Falcons could put a final nail in the coffin of the Saints' playoff hopes with a win Thursday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Since Week 4, according to the Charlotte Observer, defensive coaches have been hammering the notion of creating turnovers.
With defensive tackle Ron Edwards on injured reserve, Sione Fua has to step up. [Charlotte Observer]
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Pete Carmichael has had no contact with Boston College about their open head coaching job, according to WWL-TV.
With such a short period of rest for both the Saints and Falcons, the Times-Picayune believes both teams are going to have to fight through a bit of pain Thursday.
With the turbulent times at cornerback for the Buccaneers, the Tampa Tribune reports that safety Ronde Barber is staying put for now, but may eventually move to corner.