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NFL Capsule: Saints at Falcons

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NEW ORLEANS (5-6) At ATLANTA (10-1)

Thursday, 8:20 p.m., NFL Network

OPENING LINE - Falcons by 3 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - New Orleans 6-5; Atlanta 6-4-1

SERIES RECORD - Falcons lead 46-41

AP PRO32 RANKING - Saints No. 15; Falcons No. 3

LAST MEETING - Saints beat Falcons 31-27, Nov. 11

LAST WEEK - 49ers beat Saints 31-21; Falcons beat Buccaneers 24-23

SAINTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (27), PASS (5)

SAINTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (32), RUSH (32), PASS (30)

FALCONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (28), PASS (2)

FALCONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (14), RUSH (22), PASS (13)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Although Atlanta holds lead in all-time series, Saints have won four straight and 11 of last 13 meetings. ... Saints' longest win streak in series is six from Dec. 14, 1986 through Nov. 19, 1989. ... Falcons won 10 straight in series from 1995-99. ... Falcons coach Mike Smith 2-7 against Saints, 51-15 against rest of league. ... QB Drew Brees 11-2 against Falcons since joining Saints in 2006. He has averaged 302.8 yards passing in those games with 100.6 rating. ... Brees has at least one TD pass in NFL-record 54 consecutive games. ... Saints won 26-23 in OT in last visit to Georgia Dome on Nov. 13, 2011. ... Falcons can clinch NFC South with win over Saints and Denver win over Tampa Bay on Sunday. Falcons clinch playoff spot with win and Seattle loss or tie. ... In Saints win earlier this month, New Orleans' Jimmy Graham (146 yards, 2 TDs) and Atlanta's Tony Gonzalez (122 yards, 2 TDs) became first set of tight ends to each have at least 120 yards receiving and two touchdowns in same game. ... WR Marques Colston has team-record 56 career touchdowns, passing Deuce McAllister last week. ... Falcons' Matt Ryan only QB in Super Bowl era to win 31 of first 35 home starts. ... Ryan had career-best 411 yards passing, with three TDs and one INT, in loss at New Orleans this season. ... RB Michael Turner tied with former WR Terance Mathis for team record with 57 total touchdowns. Turner already has team record with 56 rushing touchdowns. ... WR Roddy White has 18 catches for 241 yards in last two games against Saints. ... White's 538 catches since 2007 are most in NFC.

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