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Of course, winning in Atlanta would be good experience for what New Orleans could face in the postseason.

“We have to go on the road in a place they’ve played extremely well in. We have to find a way to win,” Brees said. “Indeed, if that becomes our journey in the playoffs, say if we’re a five seed on the road, we have to be able to go into hostile environments and win games in playoff atmospheres. This will be one of those atmospheres.”

That buildup was heightened by White’s bold tweets early in the week. First, in response to the comment of former quarterback-turned-TV analyst Trent Dilfer, the receiver said there was “no chance in hell the Aints come into the dome and win once.”

When Saints defensive lineman Will Smith took issue at being called the “Aints” _ and New Orleans fans let loose with a barrage of vile replies _ White shot back with a tweet about “the grace of god” giving the Saints a championship so the “city (wouldn’t) fall apart” after Hurricane Katrina.

White apologized for bringing up the storm that devastated New Orleans in 2005, but the Saints clearly took note of his banter.

But at least the Falcons star won’t have to worry about a hostile crowd on Monday night.

“They would probably throw some things at me” if we were playing in New Orleans, White said, breaking into a smile. “That would be bad.”

Atlanta will be playing at home for the first time since a Nov. 28 victory over Green Bay. The Falcons are eager to lock up their first division title since 2004 _ and only the fourth division title in franchise history _ in front of the home folks.

“We’ve been on the road for a long time,” Gonzalez said. “It’s going to be good to get back home.”