Tonight on WDSU: Saints on 6

WDSU’s pregame coverage of the Saints/Falcons Monday Night Football matchup begins at 4 p.m. I’ll be in-studio while sports anchors Fletcher Mackel and Keli Fulton will be live from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. After 3 1/2 hours of live coverage, the game airs locally on WDSU at 7:30. Immediately following the game, we’ll continue our live coverage with postgame interviews and reaction.

With a win tonight, the Saints clinch a playoff berth and would still have a shot at the NFC’s top seed and home field advantage throughout the playoffs. But for that to happen, the Falcons would have to lose — at home — to the Carolina Panthers, the worst team in the league. If the Saints don’t clinch the top seed, they would likely nail down the #5 seed and hit the road for the playoffs.

The Saints still control their playoffs destiny — with a win in either of the final two games, tonight against Atlanta or next week at home against the Buccaneers, the Saints are in as a wild card. If they don’t win their final two games and finish 10-6, they’ll need some help from other teams fighting for a playoff spot.

Here’s a nugget from the Saints: Drew Brees has a 4-game Monday Night Football winning streak. During the streak, he has completed 75.8% of his passes, thrown for 1,256 yards, 13 TDs and 1 INT. That translates to a quarterback rating of 141.5.

With that in mind, I think the Saints win a close one, 31-27.

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