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8-5, 3rd in NFC South

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Seahawks now 8-5 after loss at Jacksonville. Falcons also 8-5 and won the head-to-head matchup with Seahawks. Still three games to go but Falcons, at No. 6, right in the playoff race again behind Carolina, who jumped up to the No. 5 spot with win over Vikings. NFC South title not out of reach for Falcons, either, with three division games remaining.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Carolina, one spot ahead of Atlanta for the final playoff spot coming into Sunday, improves to 9-4 after win over Minnesota. Falcons are 8-5 and are 0-1 vs. Panthers this season. But Falcons, 2-1 in NFC South, can make up ground with three consecutive division games to end season, including another game vs. Saints and the Panthers in season finale. Falcons, by winning last three games, could sweep Saints and go 1-1 against Panthers and finish at 11-5 with a better division record than anyone at 5-1 -- meaning division title. Not impossible but things have to go Falcons' way.

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Falcons running back Coleman has concussion

Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman has a concussion -- suffered Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints -- and is in the protocol, according to head coach Dan Quinn.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Dan Quinn said if he had one to do over, it would be declining the holding penalty on the Saints that allowed them to have the fourth-and-1.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Tevin Coleman is in the concussion protocol.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn on if Sean Payton should be fined for his sideline action, with the choking gesture to Devonta Freeman. ``I don't really have a comment on that, one way or the other.''

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn starts today's conference call by thanking the fans for their support and noise in win over Saints.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

The Falcons' win over the Saints last night increased their chance to make the playoffs from 37% to 52%. It also caused the Panthers' chances to drop from 71% to 63%.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons president Rich McKay on the crowd noise during last night's win over the Saints: ``That was a W by the fans.''

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn didn't give a post-game update on running back Tevin Coleman, who got evaluated for a concussion. But Quinn addresses the media this afternoon. If Coleman did have a concussion, he'll likely miss at least the Tampa Bay game next Monday night. Devonta Freeman's running strong right now and picked up 91 rushing yards on 24 carries in his second game back from a concussion Thursday night. Naturally, Falcons want their two-headed monster for this final stretch but won't put Coleman at risk. Coleman had nine carries for 32 yards vs. Saints.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Matt Ryan's 6.84 fantasy points Thursday night were his eighth-fewest in any of his 155 career games, and they represented the first time he scored fewer than 10 in 18 career games against the Saints. He entered averaging 19.4 per game against the Saints in his career, most against any opponent he has faced at least five times.

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Saints, Falcons looking to take advantage of rest (1:30)

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Dan Quinn on declining the holding penalty on the Saints with two minutes remaining that paved the way for the Saints to convert a fourth-and-1 that could have led to the game-winning TD, if not for the Deion Jones INT: “I thought [the Saints] were going to kick it. You don't get those do-overs to go. I know how good they are. I thought that here's a fourth-down stop, and they would kick it to tie it. That's why we were trying to use the timeouts there. That was really the only reason. We didn't want to move it back some and give them a chance at a potential first down. So, I really thought they'd kick it. That's why we declined it.''

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Freeman: No issue with Payton's choke gesture

Running back Devonta Freeman said he wouldn't let Saints coach Sean Payton's choke gesture -- apparently in reference to the Falcons' Super Bowl loss last season -- affect his play or get into his head.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

``That man don't know nothing about choking,'' Devonta Freeman said of Saints coach Sean Payton's gesture. ``He ain't from where I'm from. He don't know about choking.''

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Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Security sweeping the field about an hour after the Falcons left it. One of the guys searching said it was for a diamond earring that Julio Jones lost during the game

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

"Deion's a special player," Matt Ryan said of teammate Deion Jones making the game-winning INT.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Ricardo Allen said "We wanted to take it on our hands" about the defense making the big stop.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints WR Michael Thomas led all players with 27.7 fantasy points tonight (PPR scoring). Thomas caught 10 passes (on 14 targets) for 117 yards and a TD in the loss to the Falcons.

Team Stats

Passing Yards246.612th
Rushing Yards116.811th
Points For22.616th
Points Against20.19th