Some games just mean more than others.
The Saints held on in a thriller of a game to stake their claim among the best. The Saints' defense, sans a couple of explosive plays, looked the part of a heavy-pressure, multiple-package defense. Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan was under duress much of the game. Conversely, Drew Brees was at times as well.
The Saints run game was effective, and helped to control the clock late in the game. Marques Colston, Jimmy Graham, Lance Moore, Ben Watson and Kenny Stills all showed up in a major way.
This game was about as pivotal as one can be. The Falcons losing to the Saints highlights the fact the Saints might truly have their collective number.
With the 23-17 victory, the Saints have sole position of first place with everyone else in the division taking a loss. And now they essentially have a two game lead on the favorite Atlanta Falcons.
This might answer that age old question of, "Who Dat”?