Saints 31

(7-4, 4-2 away)

Falcons 13

(5-6, 3-3 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, November 26, 2006

Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA 

1 2 3 4 T
NO 14 7 0 1031
ATL 3 3 7 013

Top Performers

Passing: D. Brees (NO) - 349 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: M. Vick (ATL) - 12 CAR, 166 YDS

Receiving: D. Henderson (NO) - 4 REC, 158 YDS, 1 TD

New Orleans (6-4) at Atlanta (5-5)

New Orleans (6-4) at Atlanta (5-5) Sunday 1:00 pm EST

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- The 2006 season is starting to look eerily familiar to last season for the Atlanta Falcons.

The Falcons look to snap a three-game losing streak Sunday when they face the New Orleans Saints in a critical NFC South matchup.

After a surprising 6-2 start, the Saints are trying to avoid their third straight loss.

New Orleans is tied with Carolina for first place while Atlanta is just a game back. However, the Falcons and Saints both are struggling.

Last season, the Falcons got out to a 6-2 record at the midway point of the season. However, they lost six of their last eight games en route to missing the playoffs.

The Falcons won five of their first seven games this season but have not won since, enduring key injuries along the way. Patrick Kerney is out for the season, fellow defensive end John Abraham has missed the last four games with an abdominal injury and cornerback Jason Webster is out for at least another month with a groin injury.

Electrifying quarterback Michael Vick also is struggling. After throwing for seven touchdowns in back-to-back wins over Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, Vick has three TDs and four interceptions in the last three games.

Vick completed just 11-of-21 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown in last Sunday's 24-10 loss at Baltimore.

The struggles for the Saints also have to do with their defense, which has allowed 69 points in their last two games. Last Sunday, the Saints suffered a 31-16 loss to Cincinnati.

Drew Brees continued to light things up offensively against the Bengals, throwing for 510 yards - the sixth-highest total in NFL history - and two touchowns with three interceptions.

Brees leads the league with 3,114 passing yards to go along with 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

But Brees could be without one of his main targets this week after rookie Marques Colston suffered a sprained left ankle against the Bengals. The seventh-round pick out of Hofstra has 54 catches for 869 yards and seven touchdowns.

"We'll treat it and see how much pressure he can put on it," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "It's just a matter of how much weight it can support and how quickly he can come back off of it. Each day we'll get an idea maybe a little bit of his progress."

In their emotional return to the site that was one of the focal points of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, the Saints posted an emotional 23-3 victory over the Falcons on September 25.

Following a pregame ceremony, the Saints sent the sellout crowd into a frenzy just 90 seconds into the game when Steve Gleason blocked a punt and Curtis Deloatch recovered in the end zone for a touchdown.

Defensively, the Saints frustrated Vick, who completed just 12-of-31 passes for 137 yards and was sacked five times. Warrick Dunn also was limited to 44 rushing yards on 13 attempts.


Passing Leaders

D. Brees69.249523317
M. Ryan66.146942814
T. Yates75.06401

Rushing Leaders

M. Ingram2269644.39
K. Robinson763624.83
S. Jackson1907073.76
D. Freeman652483.81

Receiving Leaders

K. Stills6393114.83
M. Colston5990215.35
J. Jones104159315.36
R. White8092111.57

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

Total YardsNO
Yards PassingNO
Yards RushingNO
Yards AllowedNO
Pass Yds AllowedNO
Rush Yds AllowedNO

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

Series tied 6-6
Sep 25, 2006NO 23, ATL 3
Dec 12, 2005NO 17, @ATL 36
Oct 16, 2005NO 31, ATL 34
Dec 26, 2004NO 26, ATL 13
Nov 28, 2004NO 21, @ATL 24
Nov 16, 2003NO 23, ATL 20
Oct 19, 2003NO 45, @ATL 17
Nov 17, 2002NO 17, @ATL 24
Oct 27, 2002NO 35, ATL 37
Dec 9, 2001NO 28, @ATL 10
Oct 21, 2001NO 13, ATL 20