Saints/Falcons Flashback: 1991 Wild Card Game
The New Orleans Saints return to action on Sunday afternoon, when they travel to Atlanta, Georgia to take on the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome in the 2016 regular season finale for both teams.
Kickoff time is scheduled for 3:25 pm, and you can hear all the play-by-play action on EPSN 1420, as well as 97.3 The Dawg.
The Saints are 7-8 on the season, and out of playoff contention, while the Falcons will enter the playoffs as NFC South Division champions, with a record of 10-5.
The rivalry between New Orleans and Atlanta has been one of the best in the NFL since the Saints joined the league back in 1967, with the Falcons being born just two years prior.
The two franchises have been division rivals, as part of either the NFC West or the NFC South, since 1970.
The Saints began in the Capitol Division in 1967, before playing one year in the Century Division in 1968, back to the Capitol Division in 1969, and then the NFC West in 1970, while the Falcons were members of the Coastal Division prior to joing the NFC West in 1970.
The Falcons lead the all-time series, 50-45, including a 45-32 win over New Orleans in the first meeting this year, but the Saints won both meetings last season, and have also won 8 of the last 12 match-ups, as well as 11 of the last 16.
All week long, in anticipation of the Sunday’s New Year’s day affair, we’ll be taking a look back at some of the more memorable games between the two franchises.
On Monday, we went back to November 26, 1967, for the very first game ever played between the two teams, a 27-24 Saints victory.
On Tuesday, went back to September 16, 1973, for the most lopsided loss in Saints’ history, a 62-7 win by the Falcons at Tulane Stadium.
On Wednesday, we went back to Sunday, November 12, 1978, for the “Big Ben” game, where the Falcons defeated the Saints, 20-17, on an incredible final play of the game.
Today, we go back to Saturday, December 28, 1991, when the Falcons defeated the Saints, 27-20, in an NFC Wildcard game.
New Orleans went 11-5 in 1991, which was good enough to win their first-ever divisional title, and qualify them for their second-straight playoff appearance, while Atlanta went 10-6, and was a wild card entrant into the playoffs.
Falcons quarterback Chris Miller, who threw for 291 yards and three touchdowns, completed the go-ahead 61-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Michael Haynes with 2:41 left in the contest.
After that touchdown, the Saints reached the Atlanta 35-yard line before quarterback Bobby Hebert threw an interception to Falcons defensive back Tim McKyer, to clinch the Atlanta win.
View the game, which was aired on ABC, below: