LOOK: Falcons star trash-talks Saints, blasts Sean Payton over choking signal

After the Falcons' wild 20-17 win over New Orleans on Thursday, one of the first things Devonta Freeman did was head to Twitter so he could trash-talk the Saints

Less than 15 minutes after the game ended, Freeman tweeted out a simple one-word insult aimed at the Saints that also included an "lol" for good measure. 

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Devonta Freeman sent out this tweet after the Falcons' win.  Twitter

Someone must have reminded Freeman that the two teams are going to be playing each other again in two weeks because the tweet was only up for about 45 minutes before the Pro Bowl running back decided to delete it. However, since you can't ever really delete anything once you put it on Twitter, Freeman's "AINTS" tweet is going to exist on the internet for the rest of time. 

Although we'll likely never know why Freeman sent out the tweet, it appears that it might have had something to do with Saints coach Sean Payton. During the fourth quarter, Payton made a choking sign and Freeman is pretty convinced that the sign was directed at him. 

After the game, Freeman was asked about the choking sign

"I saw it," Freeman said, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "That man don't know nothing about choking. He ain't from where I'm from."

The Saints coach was also asked about it and claimed that he didn't "remember" doing it.  

Payton made the choke sign after Freeman ran out of bounds on a first-and-10 play from the Saints' 33-yard line. The irony here is that if Payton was directing the sign at Freeman, he almost turned out to be correct because the Falcons running back almost cost his team the game. 

After Drew Brees threw an interception in Atlanta's end zone that appeared to seal the game for the Falcons with 1:25 left to play, Freeman almost gave the ball right back two plays later when he fumbled on his own 23-yard line with 1:05 left. Fortunately for Freeman, the Falcons recovered the fumble and ran out the clock after Payton got hit with a controversial penalty

If you don't count the fumble, Freeman actually had a big game, carrying the ball 24 times for 91 yards and a touchdown. 

If Payton's choke sign was directed at Freeman, that's only going to add more fuel to an intense rivalry that might just explode when these two teams meet again. Fortunately for us, we don't have to wait long for that to happen because the rematch is going to take place in Week 16 on Christmas Eve in New Orleans. 

CBS Sports Writer

John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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