The New Orleans Saints' playoff hopes are hanging by a thread, but they can keep those hopes alive against their biggest rival Thursday night when they hit the road to face the class of the NFC South, the Atlanta Falcons.
Atlanta (10-1) would love nothing more than to all but end the Saints' shot at the postseason, while at the same time avenging its one loss of the season, a 31-27 defeat in New Orleans in Week 10. The Falcons have their eyes set on the top seed and home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs, and a win over the hated Saints could be a big confidence boost to a team that many still feel isn't as good as its record.
New Orleans (5-6) is only a game behind the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC playoff race, but a tough schedule the rest of the way could make it hard to find four or five more wins.
Thursday night's game from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta will be nationally televised by the NFL Network.
8:20 p.m. ET Thursday
Georgia Dome, Atlanta
New Orleans: FOX WVUE-8
Atlanta: CW 69
Partial broadcast available on NFL.com during the game