Originally posted on CBS Atlanta:

By Matthew Asher

When fans hear of football rivalries, a few common ones always emerge: Packers/Bears, Broncos/Raiders and Giants/Jets. While the Falcons/Saints rivalry may not come to mind at first, it definitely should.

ESPN writer Len Pasquarelli considers this rivalry one of the best in sports. “Every year, bus caravans loaded with rowdy (and usually very inebriated) fans make the seven-hour trip between the two cities,” Pasquarelli said. “Unless you’ve attended a Falcons-Saints debauchery-filled afternoon, you’ll just have to take my word for how much fun it really can be.”

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On November 20, 1967 in New Orleans, the Saints defeat the Falcons 27-24 for the first game in the series. Since that game, the Falcons and Saints have faced off 86 times. The all-time series is very close. Atlanta holds a narrow 46-40 lead (with one victory coming in the NFL Playoffs), but New Orleans has won 10 of…

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