The two NFC South rivals face off in tonight's Monday Night Football matchup, both with plenty to play for. Atlanta (12-2) has clinched a playoff spot, but a win tonight would give them the NFC South title, the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs and home-field advantage. New Orleans (10-4) is fighting for a wild card spot, and still can't relax.
"You knew it would be meaningful," New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees said. "It’s meaningful because I think both of us think we’re two of the better teams in the NFC, and I think the rivalry or the magnitude of this game doesn’t stop. In this game, down the line here, within the next few weeks if everything goes our way and their way, we could potentially see them again.
"Obviously that is down the road, and so it’s all about finding a way to win this game this week and making sure that we lock up a playoff spot. I’m not sure what that seed will be yet because there’s still a shot at the one seed, but obviously we have to take care of our business.”