If the Saints can win this game, then they will clinch the NFC South and move one step closer to the No. 2 seed in the NFC. They will be playing against the division rival Falcons, who are fighting for a playoff berth.
Sean Payton, Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints are very difficult to beat on national television. Just ask the Packers, Colts, Giants, and Lions. The Saints are 3-1 in primetime this season and their only loss came by eight points. In nationally televised games this season, the Saints have outscored their opponents 176 to 90.
The Saints are a completely different monster when everyone is watching them. They have proved that time and time again and I do not expect anything less from them against the Falcons.
However, Atlanta is a hungry team and they need this win to solidify a playoff spot. If the Saints are not careful, the Falcons can come into New Orleans and steal a victory. There are plenty of key matchups in this game, but here are five that are crucial for the Saints.