Why the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints Have the Best Rivalry in the NFL
Anyone who loves football games in Atlanta is no stranger to the concept of the age-old rivalry. Rivalries typically show up either because the teams are located geographically close to one another, have a long history of going up against each other in critical games or are competitively well-matched for most seasons. Usually, the rivalry only focuses on one of these aspects, but the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints have all three. Fortunately, the fans love it!
There’s no question that Atlanta and New Orleans have been hashing out their differences for long enough to claim a history-based rivalry. The teams first faced each other in 1967, but they have played each other twice a season or more since 1970. The Atlanta Falcons have never played more games against another opponent, and neither have the New Orleans Saints.
Geographically speaking, the two teams are the only ones located in the Deep South. The cities of Atlanta and New Orleans are so close together that fans can easily drive to rivalry matches — and they do so in large numbers for every Atlanta game and every New Orleans game.
The competitive rivalry between the two teams is also self-evident. Since 2008, both teams have consistently been among the top-ranked teams within the NFL. The last several times the Falcons and the Saints have faced each other, the games have almost always come down to the wire. All of the other teams in the NFL tend to hold their breath when these two titans clash because the outcome always has an impact on the state of the league.
Here at Front Row Seats, your supplier of Atlanta Falcons tickets, we think that having all of these factors could easily make the Falcons vs. Saints rivalry the very best in the entire NFL. However, we haven’t covered one extra rivalry factor: the fans. Football is a religion here in the South, and fans of the Saints and the Falcons don’t take that obligation lightly. We tailgate and scream ourselves hoarse. We buy Atlanta football season tickets the minute they go on sale, and we go to every single game. No other NFL rivalry has fans this passionate, which makes the Falcons vs. the Saints the very best rivalry, hands down.
The Falcons and the Saints will be facing each other for their first regular-season game on September 7 at 1 p.m. Falcons vs. Saints tickets are currently on sale through our website.