The prevailing theme on the Atlanta side was that they were somewhat soft and could not close out games or put teams away.
Moreover, the Falcons were dealt their first and only loss to date in 2012 three weeks ago to these same Saints.
In that game, Atlanta appeared to be exposed as a bit of a paper tiger.
They set out to prove the experts wrong this time around, and they left a strong impression for observers to ponder.
While the performance wasn’t great and the victory wasn’t dominant, Atlanta handled New Orleans and won a very important game.
With the win, the Falcons clinched the NFL’s first overall playoff spot and positioned themselves to win the division with a Week 13 Tampa loss and remained the leader for the top seed and home field advantage in the NFC.
A closer look reveals that Atlanta flipped the script for success this week, including some notable individuals.
Let’s dig into the winners and losers for Atlanta.