The New Orleans Saints are coming off a 7 game winning season 2016. The Saints finished 3rd in the NFC South. Led by quarterback, Drew Brees, the Saints are looking for a better record and leadership in the 2017-18 NFL season.
Founded in 1967, the New Orleans Saints are a professional football team based in New Orleans, LA. The Saints compete in the National Football League (NFL) in the NFC South division against rivals Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The name “Saints” is an allusion to November 1 being All Saints Day in the Catholic faith, New Orleans’ large Catholic population, and the spiritual “When the Saints Go Marching In”, which is strongly associated with New Orleans and often sung by fans at games. For most of their first 20 years, the Saints were barely competitive, only getting to .500 twice. In 1987, they finished 12–3—their first-ever winning season—and qualified for the NFL playoffs for the first time in franchise history. The 2009 season was a historic one for the Saints. Winning a franchise-record 13 games, they qualified for Super Bowl XLIV and defeated the AFC champion Indianapolis Colts 31–17. To date, it is the only Super Bowl championship that they have won, and as it is the only Super Bowl the Saints have appeared in.
The Atlanta Falcons ended the 2016 NFL season with a 11 and 5 record and a trip to the Super Bowl. The 1st place finish in the NFC South led the Falcons to Super Bowl LI against the New England Patriots. However, the Falcons fell short, 28-34, and under the leadership of Matt Ryan at quarterback the Atlanta Falcons are poised to make a run towards the 2018 NFL Playoffs once again.
The Atlanta Falcons are an NFL football team based in Atlanta and play their home games at Philips Arena. The Falcons play in the National Football Conference (NFC) South division. The Falcons joined the NFL in 1965 as an expansion team. The Falcons are the oldest NFC team in that region. The Falcons have won division championships in 1980, 1998, 2004, 2010, and 2012. Their only Super Bowl appearance was during the 1998 season in Super Bowl XXXIII.