They are two 5-7 teams that sit atop the weak NFC South. Atlanta and New Orleans - two great rivals that can't stand each other.
With the Falcons win over the Saints in week one, it's Atlanta that has the advantage right now. Both teams have two games to play until game on December 21 in New Orleans that could decide the division champion.
The Falcons play at Green Bay this Monday, and they'll already know how the Saints did Sunday at home against the Panthers. Then next week, Atlanta will host Pittsburgh, while the Saints will be in Chicago.
And then, they'll meet for what could be a do-or-die contest in the Superdome.
"The division games are always the most important, but we’re going to take it one game at a time," said cornerback Desmond Trufant. "We’ve got Green Bay. We’ve got to deal with that and prepare for that, and everything else will take care of itself."
"Carolina and New Orleans will be huge games at the end of the season," said lineman Corey Peters. "But we’ve got to get some more wins before we get to that point just to put ourselves in the right position."
It is almost a foregone conclusion that it would be the upset of the year in the NFL if Atlanta beats the Packers in Green Bay on Monday. The Packers are playing very well, and it would take a perfect game for the Falcons to win. But the players are really trying to focus on what can be done when they return home next week to play the Steelers, which itself will not be an easy game.
"We’re in control," said Jonathan Babineaux. "We can’t care about what everybody else does. As long as we do the things we need to do in this locker room, we’ll be alright."
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