5 things we learned about the Falcons on New Year’s Day



FLOWERY BRANCH — Here are the five things we learned Friday about the Falcons (8-7), who host New Orleans (6-9)  at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons, who have won two in a row, will seek to avenge a 31-21 loss to the Saints on Oct. 15. They went through their final practice of the season on Friday.

122815 ATLANTA: The Falcons cheerleaders perform during a game against the Panthers in a football game on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

122815 ATLANTA: The Falcons cheerleaders perform during a game against the Panthers in a football game on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

1. COLEMAN OUT: Falcons running back Tevin Coleman, who suffered a concussion after slipping in the shower, was declared out of the game by head coach Dan Quinn.

2. PROBABLE LIST: Everyone else on the injury report was listed as probable for the game: Quarterback Matt Ryan (hip), cornerback Robert Alford (ankle), linebacker Justin Durant (hip), running back Devonta Freeman (knee), returner Devin Hester (toe), defensive tackle Grady Jarrett (shoulder), linebacker Paul Worrilow (knee), cornerback Phillip Adams (hamstring), right guard Chris Chester (shoulder), wide receiver Eric Weems (concussion) and wide receiver Roddy White (ankle).

3. FALCONS HAVE A PLAN FOR WATSON: Saints tight end Ben Watson caught 10 passes for 127 yards in the previous meeting. The Falcons have a plan for him this time around. Charles Godfrey is a big part of that play.

4. TOP 50 FALCONS: No. 1 (tie) Tommy Nobis/Hall of Famer Claude Humphrey.  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has counted down the Top 50 players in Atlanta Falcons history during the franchise’s 50th anniversary season. No. 1 was a difficult choice and is deserved to be shared by teammates, linebacker Tommy Nobis and defensive end Claude Humphrey.

5. SERIES RECORD: This will be the 93rd regular-season meeting with the Saints. The Falcons hold a 48-44 edge in the series. The Saints have won 7 of the last 10 meetings.


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