The Falcons could have helped their playoff chances by getting a win against the Saints and possibly getting their second straight NFC South crown, but those hopes were crushed by Drew Brees and the Saints on national television.
To make matters worse, the Saints and Brees broke Dan Marino's mark for passing yards in a season against the Falcons.
Atlanta was in this game in the first half, but allowed the Saints to run away with the lead. Matt Ryan had a great game for the most part, the defense showed great skill at times and the Falcons made good decisions for most of the night.
However, coming away with field goals in the red zone against a team like New Orleans is not good. The Falcons allowed over 150 rushing yards and over 300 passing yards. The Atlanta running game failed to show up whatsoever, and the coaches gave up on it much too early.
If the Falcons want to compete for a Super Bowl in 2011, then there are some changes that need to made. Some of Atlanta's units did well on Monday Night Football, but others were downright terrible.
Let's take a look at the grades for each of the Atlanta Falcons' units for Week 16 of the 2011 NFL season.