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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Originally Posted by yasoon This is a tough one. I'm in Atlanta and I don't know that I can handle listening to these tools if they beat Dallas. What is best for the Saints? A Falcons win. Not so sure. ...

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Old 12-15-2006, 09:58 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by yasoon
This is a tough one. I'm in Atlanta and I don't know that I can handle listening to these tools if they beat Dallas.

What is best for the Saints? A Falcons win.
Not so sure. Since the division is still in question, a Falcons loss eliminates the Falcons from the division race.
But...if we go 2-1 and Dallas goes 3-0, we've still got them beat for the 2 seed. One more win guarantees that we're ahead of Seattle because of their NFC record. Dallas is the only team that can pass us, even if we go 1-2.
Unfortunately not true. The Giants could finish 10-6 and have the tiebreak edge over the Saints. So going 1-2 could lead to heartbreak.

I think everyone believes that because Dallas is a game up in the East they are in control. They lose each and every tiebreaker to both Philly and the Giants because of head to head and division records. Dallas is 2-3 in the division and has a loss to each of the other teams in the division. Philly is actually the team the controls their own destiny in the East because they play Dallas, have the tiebreaker edge, and unlike the others actually have 2 division games (@Dallas, @NYG) left.

The winner of this weeks NYG/Philly game has the best chance of winning the East. The odds are even more in the favor of Philly because they can actually plunk that 6th loss on the Cowboys.

This is really amazing. Three weeks ago, I'm looking at the 3 8-4 teams thinking the winner of our Dallas game is in a good spot, but Seattle has AZ and SF coming up. My assumption was that Seattle (getting healthy and with only the Chargers on their schedule), was primed for a stretch run. I thought we would end up the 3 or 4 seed with Seattle in the 2 hole, running the table or losing the Chargers game.
Times are a changing!

Boy, was I wrong and boy am I glad.

Screw the Falcons. I don't wanna face them a third time. Let them lose Saturday. We'll take care of our own business down the stretch. I just can't root for them...sorry. They are on the verge of a complete blow up here if they don't make the postseason.
Agreed. This upcoming game is critical for them.

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The Saints have been to playoffs 4 of the last 5 years and a own a SB championship.

I can hardly believe this happened in my lifetime.
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Old 12-15-2006, 10:19 AM   #12
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Unfortunately not true. The Giants could finish 10-6 and have the tiebreak edge over the Saints. So going 1-2 could lead to heartbreak.
Good point. Forgot about the Giants.


As far as the Falcons catching us, I believe they have to go 3-0 and we have to go 0-3. Not sure I see that happening, but stranger things certainly have.
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Old 12-15-2006, 10:22 AM   #13
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Of course there's no reason for the Saints to let up on the pedal now. We've got Big Mo' in our corner and we should ride it all the way to the playoffs. This means dispatching Washington, NYG, and especially the Carolina Panthers, who would like nothing more than to drop us a loss at the end of the season.

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Old 12-15-2006, 10:50 AM   #14
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GO ATLANTA VICKS BEAT THE DALLAS OWENS'
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Old 12-15-2006, 11:29 AM   #15
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i for one am pulling for the cowboys.....i dont wanna see atlanta again, something about the idea of having to beat atlanta 3 times in one seasons scares me. if their receivers wouldve caught the ball in the 2nd game there might have been a different outcome. Id prefer if they didnt get the chance to redeem themselves.
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Old 12-15-2006, 12:30 PM   #16
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I will be rooting for the Buc's, Lions & Packers in the coming weeks. As long as the Saint's players keep doing what they are doing, we are in good shape. I also think Payton's past positions with NFC East teams give us an advantage over those teams.
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Old 12-15-2006, 01:31 PM   #17
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ABSOLUTLEY
I dont want to play dallas a 2nd time
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Old 12-15-2006, 03:15 PM   #18
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This weekend is about the ONLY time I can imagine EVER pulling for the falcons. But, I'll gladly do whatever it takes for the Boys.
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