With four games left in the regular season, the Falcons hopes of repeating as NFC South champion rest on a prime time win. 2016 NFL MVP Matt Ryan will welcome the division-leading Saints to Atlanta for a Thursday Night Football showdown in Week 14. The game starts at 8:25 p.m. ET and broadcast live on NFL Network/NBC (live stream).
The Falcons’ quest to retain their NFC title has been a rocky one. Atlanta is off to a 7-5 start that features quality wins over teams like Green Bay (with Aaron Rodgers) and Seattle, but last also failed to find its championship gear in losses to Miami and Buffalo.
The Saints, on the other hand, have risen to the top of the South behind a very un-Saints strategy — wearing down opponents with defense and a dynamic running game.
Drew Brees has thrown only four touchdown passes in his last four games, but New Orleans is 3-1 in that stretch, which includes wins over Washington and the Panthers.