- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

ATLANTA (5-9) at NEW ORLEANS (6-8)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

OPENING LINE - Saints by 6 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD -Atlanta 7-7, New Orleans 6-8

SERIES RECORD - Falcons lead 47-43

LAST MEETING - Falcons beat Saints 37-34, OT, Sept. 7, 2014

LAST WEEK - Falcons lost to Steelers 27-20; Saints beat Bears 31-15

AP PRO32 RANKING - Falcons No. 24, Saints No. 20

FALCONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (7), RUSH (24), PASS (5)

FALCONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (32), RUSH (20), PASS (32)

SAINTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (2), RUSH (9), PASS (3)

SAINTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (29), PASS (26T)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Falcons must win to avoid elimination from NFC South. … Atlanta is 4-13 vs. New Orleans since 2006, when Sean Payton became Saints coach and Drew Brees became Saints QB. … Game features top two passing offenses in NFC with Saints passing for 301.8 yards per game and Falcons passing for 286.1. … Falcons QB Matt Ryan completed 31 of 43 (72.1 percent) for 448 yards with three TDs vs. no INTS in Week 1 victory over Saints. … WR Julio Jones had seven catches for 116 yards receiving in last meeting. … In his past two games, Jones has 21 catches for 448 yards and two TDs, but did not play last week because of hip injury. … CB Robert McClain had INT in last meeting. … S Kemal Ishmael leads team with four INTs. . Saints have lost four straight at home. … QB Drew Brees has won seven of eight starts at home vs. Atlanta. … Last week, Brees completed 29 of 36 passes (80.6 percent) for 375 yards with three TDs vs. no INTs. … Brees has 4,358 yards passing, marking his NFL-record ninth consecutive 4,000-yard season. … RB Mark Ingram had TD last week and needs 131 yards rushing for first career 1,000-yard season. … RB Pierre Thomas had five catches for 83 yards last week. … . TE Josh Hill had two TDs last week. … WR Kenny Stills is second on team with 781 yards receiving, behind only TE Jimmy Graham, who has 782. . LB Junior Galette has 15 sacks in past 18 games, including two sacks and forced fumble last week. … Recently acquired S Pierre Warren had two INTs last week.

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