The Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints share one of the best, most heated rivalries in the NFL. The NFL world outside of the deep south paid little attention because of the futility of both franchises for much of their respective existence.
That has changed in the last decade or so as New Orleans won a Super Bowl, and the Falcons have been a regular in the playoffs. But no matter how badly the Falcons were, they could always count on beating the Saints, the ‘Aints.
Obviously that wasn’t true as the Falcons and Saints battled on relative equal terms through the 80’s and 90’s, but when you were in the same division as the 49ers dynasty, winning every other game, and having a chance in every game, felt something like hope to long suffering Atlanta fans.
The rivalry has become less of one in the last decade largely because of Drew Brees. Brees was 19-9 against Atlanta as a Saint. Only the Buccaneers suffered more against New Orleans, but the Bucs got the last laugh sending Brees to retirement in the NFC Divisional round picking off Brees three times.
All told, Drew Brees career stats against the Falcons as a Saint:
53 TDs / 26 INTs
Falcons fans likely have nothing but respect for Brees, but they won’t mind seeing him head into retirement.