Sep 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints strong safety Kenny Vaccaro (32) tackles Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Falcons 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints: Start Time, TV Channel, Live Stream and More


UPDATE #2: Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez is ACTIVE for tonight’s game, as he doesn’t appear on the official inactives list. 

UPDATE: The Saints will be without pass-catching running back Darren Sproles for tonight’s game, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

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Date: November 21st, 2013

Kickoff Time: 8:25 PM ET

TV Channel: NFL Network, WUPA – Ch. 10 (Locally in Atlanta)

Radio: 94.1 FM and 790 AM (local in Atlanta), click here for local affiliate

Live Stream: NFL.com (Click here)

Tonight, the Atlanta Falcons are in one of the weirder spots imaginable for an NFL franchise. They are facing their biggest rival on national television in a game that takes place less than 12 months after the team appeared in the NFC Championship game… and the game means nothing in the standings for Atlanta.

Yes, the Falcons fell to 2-8 with a bad loss in Tampa Bay last week, but all of that is out the window as the team “plays for pride” on Thursday night. We broke this game down in full on Wednesday afternoon, but in short, the Saints are a better team with a lot more on the line. Breaking down this game from an X’s-and-O’s standpoint leads anyone to believe that the Saints will win, and it’s impossible to say otherwise.

As always, our friends in Las Vegas have weighed in on the game, and they’ve installed the Saints as anywhere from a 9.5 to 10-point favorite in the game. That’s a “wow” number for a road team on a short week, but New Orleans has earned the respect of the “experts” while the Falcons have been floundering. At any rate, it’s an indication of where public perception is on the game.

Hit us up in the comments below (used as a game thread!) and stay tuned for post-game analysis, including a full recap shortly after the game.

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