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Falcons bury Saints in 30-14 drubbing

Robert McClain had a key interception in the fourth quarter. (Rogelio Solis)

Robert McClain had a key interception in the fourth quarter. (Rogelio Solis)

The New Orleans Saints’ resident trash talker Keenan Lewis said he and his team planned to give the Atlanta Falcons their funeral.

But on this day, it was Atlanta taking the role of the undertaker.

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Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints Preview

Sunday's matchup against the Saints is poised to be a shootout. (Marc Serota)

Sunday’s matchup against the Saints is poised to be a shootout. (Marc Serota)

It’s a must-win game for the Atlanta Falcons as they head into New Orleans to take on the Saints this Sunday.

And there’s already been a bit of trash talk between the two bitter rivals.

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Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers Preview

Matt Ryan should have a good day against a generous Panthers defense. (Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Matt Ryan should have a good day against a generous Panthers defense. (Phelan M. Ebenhack)

It seems absurd for the 3-6 Atlanta Falcons and 3-6-1 Carolina Panthers to be in the thick of race for the NFC South, but that’s the case as the New Orleans Saints lead the division with a 4-6 record. And if the Saints lose to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, it will be either the Falcons or the Panthers atop the division.

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Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints Preview

An opening week win against the Saints would be huge. (AP file photo)

An opening week win against the Saints would be huge for the Falcons. (AP file photo)

What better way to open the 2014 NFL season than to take on your most-hated division rival?

The Atlanta Falcons will play hosts to the New Orleans Saints this Sunday in what could be dubbed as a “must-win” game.

Well, it could be a “must-win” game for Atlanta, at least.

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Falcons Sign CB Josh Wilson, S Dwight Lowery

Josh Wilson provides depth in Atlanta's secondary. (Scott Cunningham)

Josh Wilson provides depth in Atlanta’s secondary. (Scott Cunningham)

The Atlanta Falcons bolstered their secondary depth a bit, signing cornerback Josh Wilson and safety Dwight Lowery.

Wilson spent last season with the Washington Redskins. He started all 16 games, amassing 93 tackles, two sacks, one interception, and two forced fumbles.

He also was on the receiving end of a Steven Jackson touchdown run in Week 15.

Second-year players Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford are locked in as the starting cornerbacks, so Wilson will likely compete with Robert McClain for the nickelback spot.

After releasing Thomas DeCoud, the Falcons had a gaping hole at free safety. An attempt to sign the New Orleans Saints’ restricted free agent safety Rafael Bush failed after the Saints matched the Falcons’ offer.

Lowery isn’t the answer at free safety, but he provides veteran depth. He spent last season on injured reserve after appearing in three games with the Jacksonville Jaguars, then was released on November 4.

Expect the Falcons to draft a safety in the draft.

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Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints Preview

If last week was any indicator, Thursday night's game could get ugly.(Will Vragovic)

If last week serves as any indication, Thursday night’s game could get ugly. (Will Vragovic)

The Atlanta Falcons, who earned the number one seed in the NFC last season with a 13-3 record, are struggling mightily. They have lost four straight, and have dropped seven out of their last eight games.

With a 2-8 record, the Falcons are dead last in the NFC South.

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Falcons Drubbed by Bucs, 41-28, Lose Fourth Straight

Harry Douglas' 80-yard touchdown came a bit too late. (Brian Blanco)

Harry Douglas’ 80-yard touchdown came a bit too late. (Brian Blanco)

Don’t let the 41-28 final score fool you.

The Atlanta Falcons were thoroughly whipped by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon in Raymond James Stadium.

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Atlanta Falcons vs. St. Louis Rams Preview

Steven Jackson should come up big against his former team. (Chris Graythen)

Steven Jackson should come up big against his former team. (Chris Graythen)

The Atlanta Falcons look to avoid their first 0-2 start since 2007 as they play hosts to the St. Louis Rams in the Georgia Dome.

Atlanta looks to rebound after losing last week’s season opener to the New Orleans Saints. Under head coach Mike Smith, the Falcons are 20-3 in games after a loss.

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Falcons Fall to Saints in Season Opener

The final pass intended for Tony Gonzalez was tipped and intercepted. (Bill Haber)

The final pass intended for Tony Gonzalez was tipped and intercepted. (Bill Haber)

The Atlanta Falcons were unable to spoil New Orleans head coach Sean Payton’s welcome back party, as the Saints held on to beat the Falcons 23-17 in the Mercedez-Benz Superdome.

Matt Ryan drove the Falcons (0-1) down to the Saints’ three-yard line in the final three minutes, but the Falcons were unable to score.

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Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints Preview

Mike Smith is just 2-6 against the Sean Payton-led Saints. (John Bazemore)

Mike Smith is just 2-6 against the Sean Payton-led Saints. (John Bazemore)

For the fourth consecutive season, the Atlanta Falcons open the season on the road, and there’s no better way to get the season started than to face the Falcons’ most hated rival in the New Orleans Saints.

The emotion will be high in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with the return of head coach Sean Payton, who was notoriously suspended for the entire 2012 season. Since Payton became head coach in 2006, the Saints have posted an 10-2 record against the Falcons.

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