- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 30, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (6-9) at ATLANTA (8-7)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

OPENING LINE - Falcons by 3 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Saints 7-7-1, Falcons 6-9

SERIES RECORD - Falcons lead 49-44



LAST MEETING - Saints beat Falcons 32-21, Oct. 15, 2015

LAST WEEK - Saints beat Jaguars 38-27; Falcons beat Panthers 20-13

AP PRO32 RANKING - Saints No. 21, Falcons No. 14

SAINTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (2), RUSH (22), PASS (1)

SAINTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (31), PASS (31)

FALCONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (9), RUSH (17), PASS (7)

FALCONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (15), RUSH (16), PASS (15)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Saints gave Falcons first loss of season following 5-0 start. It started streak of seven losses in eight games, including six straight, for Atlanta. … Falcons have won two straight to climb back over .500, ended Carolina’s unbeaten season last week. … Saints playing for sixth season series sweep of Falcons in 10 years. Falcons swept two games in 2014. … Saints QB Drew Brees has more than 30 TD passes for eighth straight year. … Brees passed for 412 yards, three TDs last week against Jaguars despite torn plantar fascia in right foot. It was his 13th career 400-yard game. … Saints trying to avoid first 10-loss season since 2005. Sean Payton became coach in 2006. … RB Tim Hightower’s comeback story continued with 122 yards rushing, two TDs, last week. … Falcons WR Julio Jones second player in NFL history with at least 125 catches and 1,700 yards receiving, joining Marvin Harrison (2002). … Jones leads NFL with 127 receptions, 1,722 yards. … Falcons rookie DE Vic Beasley Jr. had four tackles, his fourth sack and forced fumble against Carolina last week. … QB Matt Ryan, Brees and Tom Brady only players with 4,000 yards passing each of last five years, including 2015. … RB Devonta Freeman fifth in NFL with 1,540 total yards: 980 rushing, 560 receiving. … Fantasy Tip: Ryan, coming off best game of season, could be in line for big showing against Saints’ 31st-ranked pass defense. He completed 23 of 30 passes (season-high 76.7 percent) for 306 yards with season-best 119.6 passer rating in win over Carolina. Ryan threw for 448 yards in win over Saints at Georgia Dome in 2014.

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