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The Numbers Game: Falcons Vs. Saints Stats-apalooza

Welcome to the pre-game quick hit stats-apalooza. Enjoy.

Their Week 3 meeting will be the 82nd time the Falcons and Saints have played each other in their team's history. The Falcons hold a 45-37 edge but the Saints have won seven of eight dating back to 2006.

The Falcons record against the Saints (by decade):

  • 2000s ...7-13
  • 1990s ...14-7
  • 1980s ...9-10
  • 1970s ...14-6
  • 1960s ... 1-1

Average Score in all 82 meetings:

  • Falcons 21.9
  • Saints 20.1

Average Yards:

  • Falcons 311.3
  • Saints 326.8

Most Points Scored:

Falcons 62, Sept. 16, 1973

Highlight: The Falcons forced 8 turnovers and rolled up 496 yards of offense.

Saints 45, Oct. 19, 2003


Fewest Points Scored:

Falcons 0, Nov. 1, 1987 and Oct. 10, 1976

Lowlight: In 1987, QB Scott Campbell throws 5 picks and in 1976, the Falcons gave up seven turnovers.

Saints 0, Sept. 6, 1981 and Dec. 12, 1982

Longest Streak:

  • Falcons won 10 in a row between 1995 and 1999.
  • Saints won 6 in a row between 1986 and 1989.

Coaches:

The Saints' Sean Payton is 44-27 as a head coach. He is 2-2 in Week 3 games lifetime.

Mike Smith is 21-14 as Falcons head coach and has a 1-1 record in Week 3.

Best Individual Performances Against the Saints:

  • Passing: Jeff George, 386 yards, 1995
  • Rushing: Gerald Riggs, 202 yards, 1984
  • Receiving: Terance Mathis, 198 yards, 1998
  • Sacks: Chuck Smith, 5, 1997

Bonus:

Roddy White needs 122 yards to become only the fourth Falcon to reach 5,000 yards receiving for his career.

Tony Gonzalez needs 125 yards to reach 12,000 yards from scrimmage. He's rushed for 14 yards in his career.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.