Falcons vs. Saints: 5 Keys to an Atlanta Falcons Victory

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Falcons vs. Saints: 5 Keys to an Atlanta Falcons Victory
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The Atlanta Falcons take on their hated division rival in Week 16 when they travel to New Orleans for a Monday night matchup. With potential playoff implications on the line, it is sure to be a heated feud between the two NFC South studs. 

The New Orleans Saints have come on strong in the second half of the 2011 season. After their embarrassing loss to the St. Louis Rams, Drew Brees has led his squad to six straight victories.

The Falcons winning streak only stands at two right now, but after a below .500 start to the year, they've improved to 9-5 and still remain in the hunt for their second straight division championship. 

If Atlanta can go into the Superdome and beat the Saints, and if New Orleans losses their final game to Carolina and the Falcons beat Tampa in the last week of the season, Atlanta will finish in first place.

Yes, it's a long shot, but it could happen, right?

These two already faced off in Week 10, a game that resulted in a 26-23 overtime win for the Saints, and left Mike Smith with plenty of criticism to face. 

It will be even tougher to win this time around, but here are the keys for a Falcons' win.

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