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And it will be time for these
two teams to settle it.
He's going to fire
towards the end zone.
Launched the ball the near side.
He's looking downfield, going deep.
The one-man wrecking crew.
How did he do that?
Hello and welcome to a special NFL
Show, because this week
we are in Atlanta and we're
going to bring you highlights this
evening of the massive NFC clash
between the Atlanta Falcons
and the New Orleans Saints.
We'll also take you on a tour
of this unbelievable stadium
and we will catch up with some
of our American friends.
They are friends, even though
they try and throttle me -
that's a sign of friendship.
The theatre is brand-new,
the rivalry stretches back 50 years.
This is as close as a
southern feud can be.
In the here and now, this is first
against third in the NFC South,
with everything to play
for in the division
heading for the wire.
This is a tune played on strings
strung at their tightest.
This is the run-in to the end
of the regular season.
This is stand-alone and stand up
and be counted in one
of the encounters of the season.
It's a defining moment for us.
Drew Brees, 17 years a Saint,
leader of the Louisiana revival,
after the destruction
of New Orleans.
The Falcons, wrapped
in the affectionate glow of playing
a full part in and losing one
of the great Super Bowls.
They have completed the greatest
comeback in Super Bowl history.
Saints and Falcons,
romance touches this game.
Romance that must be cast aside.
There is a division to win,
play off places at stake,
pride of the Deep South
to be honoured.
I feel so at home.
You can smell the newness and here.
The lighting can change
based on whether it's
pre-game or post game.
So pre-match, what is the lighting?
It's very bright.
Each of the lockers have in them USB
ports, have electrical outlets
in them for all their devices.
There's a lockbox
for their valuables.
There's a drawer down
here that obviously you can
store stuff down here.
These monitors are used pre-game
to put the schedule on them
all right, but it's also a half-time
when the players come in.
This is the coaching
stations that they use,
so offensively at one end
of the locker room, defense will be
defense will be down at the other
end of the locker room
and that's where they'll
make their corrections.
Mark, this is the only
time I've been up here.
He's just nicked a towel.
I've got a towel!
It was all Osi's fault.
By the fourth quarter
we were winning.
It will cover your knee up,
then you put your other
part of your sock right
here and you will
layer it, like that.
Then you put a little white down it.
We used to have to cut
and make our own.
I'm a player.
You've got to have these, man.
What are they?
These are like peanut butter
and jelly sandwiches.
They are good for you.
Get a cup and you can
fill soda as many times
as you want during the game.
Yeah, we have like 50
something of these machines.
We call this Times Square
but we didn't name it that,
the people who work here just
started to say, I'll meet
you in Times Square because of that.
Yeah, you're right.
That's a good analogy.
As we come through the Athletic
Performance area, the next area
you will find is the training room.
And you'll see the flow
from the locker room to the AP area
to the training area.
We have a hot tub, we have one
that we can make either hot or cold,
and we have the cold tub.
So they have the towels
with the numbers.
If you need one, we
can get one for you.
This is his office that he
works at on game day.
He's got his challenge flag,
whatever you do, don't go out
without your challenge flag.
When the team comes out this
will be full of fans.
There will be fans here, fans
outside, as the team is walking out.
Look at that.
How did they do that?
They put a man on the moon, Jason.
If you took that screen
and unrolled it, it would be
taller than the tallest
building in Atlanta.
That's 1100 feet around.
I always insist that they put my own
seat in the stadium.
This is a very popular selfie
spot and then you go
inside and get more selfie spots.
So this is the bird that we will
bring to life tonight
on the digital screens,
just before kick-off.
That is serious, that is cool.
When you hear about wide receivers.
And the actual, the starness,
if that's the word, of the receiver,
this is the guy who started it all.
Did you just say starness?
That's adding things to everyone.
I say bigness today in meetings.
There's no word, this
is what you call brotherology.
It's the study of
There's a bigness in brotherology.
Like there, there's
a starness in brotherology.
So, how bigness is this game?
Is this a game full
of bigness, yeah?
This is a huge game, not a big game.
When you think about it,
especially for Atlanta,
they've got to win tonight.
Obviously you're a big physical
receiver, much like Jones is.
Tell us what makes
this guy so special?
There are certain people at each
position in this game right
now that I look at and say,
it's a gift from God.
The quarterback, a gift from God.
That's the baddest man in the world.
Julio Jones, gift from God.
He's fast, he's strong,
he knows how to run routes.
He's just an incredible physical
specimen and he's not really
crazy, like most of us.
He could really be crazy.
Would you say you are crazy?
Most definitely, you don't
want to give me the ball.
Let me ask you about
the season as a whole.
If you had to pick a Super Bowl now,
who would it be between?
You know what, the first time
we were level with the home team
in the Super maybe this year.
You just made his whole year.
You just made his whole year.
Don't stop playing.
Don't stop playing.
You heard it.
He's off the chain dog.
Think about the offenses
we put down.
The Rams were running hot.
He's running hot, we set them
down, we set them down.
He's incredible, man,
and now you've got Case Keenum.
Now, you know, saves like he's
found, with the right players
around him and he will beat
the New England Patriots.
He'll beat the New England Patriots.
Got to be off the chain.
Thank you for coming on,
we love having you want.
Man, I love being on,
just let me get this accent.
Get that accent!
I'll be off the chain.
You picked the best
looking dudes, too.
They are the best looking dudes.
The three of us!
Yes, oh, yeah.
I've got you.
They took the best looking brothers
and took them across the pond.
You're in it.
Hey, how are you doing?
How are you?
Good, how you doing?
We can all hug and
pretend we know people.
You're all grown up.
I'm happy for you.
Looking forward to this?
Oh, man, looking
forward to this game.
I go back to being a kid,
watching the Saints and the Falcons
compete against each other.
These games are always high scoring,
hard-hitting and entertaining,
when you think about
these two quarterbacks.
I'd really like to focus
on the running backs
for both sides, really.
We've spoken quite a lot on the show
in the last half of the season
about Kamara and Ingram
for the Saints, but in
How much has he impressed you?
I'm impressed by this guy.
I'm impressed by his workload
and what he's been able to do.
Coming out of college,
you didn't know that he was lets say
as good of a receiver as he was.
He's a great asset to Sean Payton,
calling play at Drew
Brees, the quarterback.
How important do you
think the running game
is going to be tonight?
Do you think it's going to be
the determining factor
in who wins this game?
When I picked this game tonight,
my last line is he who runs best
will win this contest,
and I'm telling you,
there's no doubt, as dynamic
as you watch the Saints back is,
they'll have the Falcons.
That's who they were last year.
They're no slouch, when you think
about what those two
guys bring to the table,
Coleman and Freeman,
they're just as good,
just as dynamic and boy,
you have four running
backs on the field.
This is heaven for you!
We're talking about
running the football.
Do you find that really
refreshing, that in a league
that we're always told
is a pass league, in a game where
it's Drew Brees against Matt Ryan,
that were actually talking
about running the football.
It's amazing and this game
will always be surrounded
about the quarterback and sacking
the quarterback, but when you get
down to it, the brass tacks
and you get into the playoffs,
or you talk about a Super Bowl,
is going down to having
a running back having a game,
or defensive line stopping the run.
If I had to ask you for
a Super Bowl prediction now,
who would it be between?
I'd go Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
Obviously Tom Brady, Tom Brady
and Bill Belichick is tough to beat,
but I feel like it's
Things have been going their way.
Philadelphia and Carson Wentz looks
good, but their defensive line,
I haven't seen a defensive line play
like that since these guys.
I'm telling you, they have
eight guys that can rush
the passer consistently
and you are going to need
that down the road.
I just like what they've built.
So you'd take Philadelphia
over the Saints, over
Minnesota, over the Rams?
Yeah, I think if you have
to go to Philadelphia
to play a playoff game,
I like Philadelphia.
You don't want that,
you don't want that.
You never want to go
It's a tough place to play, man.
That crowd, they are unbelievable.
Thank you so much for joining us,
really appreciate it.
Always nice working with you guys.
Well, we've got about
an hour until kick-off.
Jack Crawford has joined us.
Your first year, you are
injured at the moment.
What kind of team have you joined?
Oh, man, it's the best team in
the league right now in my opinion.
I just think that the chemistry
between the players is so good,
the energy they have,
the atmosphere here in Atlanta
and especially with the new stadium
opening, it's just been
an experience so far,
and even though my season has been
cut short with injury,
just having an opportunity to be
around these guys, they are great
guys and they welcomed me with open
arms, so it feels like a family.
Talked about Matt Ryan
and Julio Jones, Michael Irvin told
us that talent is just God-given.
He's had it given from God.
You will watch them
in training, you'll be up
against them in training.
What are they both like?
Oh, yeah, both of them are just
unique in their ability and I think
both of them are among the elite,
you know, in their
They have proved that on game day
but every day they prove that.
They are two of the hardest
working people on the team.
I've been around, and I think
especially with Matt Ryan,
he has the ability to stay
so composed in the pocket,
he doesn't let a lot of stuff get
to him on the outside
and he's consistently proved himself
and played at a level
that is among the best,
so and as for Julio,
he's from a different planet.
He's definitely just got
some God-given talent
and he's hard to stop,
man, he's a hard person to stop,
in practice and on game day.
A little earlier we had a tour
of this unbelievable stadium.
We had a tour of your
locker room as well.
I mean, I could live
in your locker room.
Everything is there,
lovely showers, nice hot tub, food,
massage, you wouldn't want to go
anywhere else, would you?
You've got a good life here.
Unfortunately we only use this
about seven or eight
times out of the year,
because we only play
home games then.
Yeah, man, it's nice.
You couldn't ask for any more.
I mean, it's top of the line,
Mr Blank, the owner,
he's done a great job
with this place.
The new stadium also brings more
energy from the fans
and so when we get more energy it
just makes our job even better.
I've been lucky I've come to a club
where they've built one of the best
stadiums in the country.
We wish you well.
I know you'd much rather be playing
than talking to us and we always
appreciate you joining us.
Look after yourself
and we'll see you soon.
Thank you, man.
COMMENTATOR: Kamara lines up right
on the three, 2nd & 3.
He gets a four-man rush.
There he is in open space.
Two players, 30 yards,
1st down to Orleans.
2nd & 10, Brees with
a couple of fakes.
Setting up that for Kamara.
Well read by Jones again,
along with Brian Poole it sets up
third and long for New Orleans.
They are shaken up on
They are shaken up on that one.
got him right on the side of the
And there is Alvin Kamara
being taken to the locker
He will be checked after taking that
helmet to helmet contact on
the Saints' opening drive.
Play 15 of this drive.
Coleman, the regular
fullback leading the way.
To the end zone.
Fullback Derrick Coleman
with a nice block here.
Watch Toilolo out here at tight end.
Getting a second block
up on that next level.
When you can pen that
defense in then go
get that inside linebacker,
that's what you get.
Here in Atlanta, first
and ten, wide receivers...
Brees, throw and punt.
Good move to stay
and score a touchdown!
Tommylee Lewis finds the end
zone for the first time.
Looked like strong toes,
and the heel doesn't come down.
It's right there.
That's all good.
14 seconds left.
From the 42, looking
Oh, he threw the interception
There is no flag over there.
There was a lot of contact.
The Saints are going to get
the field goal opportunity, with
four seconds remaining.
third interception of
He is just going to battle
the whole time out here on
the outside, and then finally
you see Julio just sort of drift
into no man's land and Lattimore
head around, and almost
took that one.
Thankful Julio Jones came back
to make that tackle.
From here it is a 47 yard
field goal for Wil Lutz,
and what a swing here.
As we said, Atlanta gets
the ball, start the
Could be stealing three
for the Saints here.
Flag down on the far side.
Offense, number 69.
61 was not in line with scrimmage.
Field goal was good,
but it does not count.
By rule we will not extend this to
Half-time is over.
You don't get that time back
because that penalty,
and Sean Payton wants to know
what happened there...
That will be along
the line of scrimmage,
And because there was a foul,
that play went through, no
time on the clock.
That was one weird end of the half!
The half expires.
That's an interception,
never hit the ground,
off the hands of Hooper
into the arms of the Saints.
With the pick, and that is back
passes that have turned
It is unbelievable what has happened
to Matt Bryant this season.
This is right in the hands
of Austin Hooper,
and then just off those hands,
and it goes right into the hands of
The receivers, and Brees pounds at,
got it back and got
the touchdown to Michael Thomas!
His fourth on the season.
They will come in motion,
and right there, block,
then you will see it come off
on the release right here,
all within one yard of the line
of scrimmage, no
issue, no problem.
Coleman's the back
for third and six.
-- Touchdown, Saintss.
Coleman's the back
for third and six.
Can they get it to Jones down here?
Ends a shot, another
interception, and it
is Marcus Williams!
Three consecutive tries.
Ending in New Orleans intercepting.
The only other pass of this
drive, 3rd and four...
The power of Julio Jones,
as he screams across the field, the
safety goes with them, leaves
one-on-one coverage on the backside
for the easy touchdown.
They play tough games
against quality opponents.
No backs, Brees, looking,
and trouble from behind!
Brought down by Adrian Claymore.
All right, let's see
if the Saints can do it, 80 yards
down the field.
344 to go, trying to keep control.
Brees, 1st down.
Open space, midfield,
and to the 45 and
just like that it is
a gain of 35 yards.
A third and a half
yard here at the two
Everybody, they don't run
it, they look to throw it...
Late flag thrown right by way Brees
was getting ready to throw
it, and it is going to be
a hold on the Saints.
Offense, number 71.
The 4th down.
What an interesting call that was!
You get Ramczyk right
there on the foul, 4th down and one.
You leave them in relatively
easy field range...
Two yarder from here.
42-yarder from here.
As opposed to moving back if you can
stop them on one more down.
That was a really interesting call.
I thought he might move them back.
We have been talking
about how depleted New
Orleans is in this game.
Maybe he is thinking
he can put over time and
will cover the win.
Let's see what he does. Fourth and a
yard and the fullback in their exact
line... Brees, the keeper that got
the 1st down. First on the 22-yard
line and new islands will keep it
I thought they were going
to market back, I really did. You
take a chance on 3rd down and 11,
whatever, and maybe not able to kick
the field goal then suddenly you
have all those options on the table.
Brees throws an... Somehow held onto
by Ted Ginn Jr. Incredible he held
onto that. I hope he's OK.
give a completely legal shot to the
Reds and that is the heck of -- shot
to the Reds and a heck of a catch.
Intercepted by Deion Jones!
you go, watch Deion Jones. This is
end play where they will try to
throw it over the top of the
linebacker's head, but one reason
you do all those tests, to find guys
like Deion Jones.
2nd & 7. The
ball's out! Recovered by the
Falcons. Huge hit. Picked up and
recovered at that spot. Sean
Payton... He came out on the field
to argue about something and that
flag, on Payton, it will give them a
1st down and end the game. Sean
Payton was out halfway to the
numbers to say something to one of
the officials and immediately the
flag was drawn.
Conduct, against the
New Orleans bench. A 15-yard
penalty, and a yard's game, 1st
Trying to get the time-out and
I don't know if he couldn't get the
attention early on what it was but
he ran out, and this penalty will
end the night, and the Atlanta
Falcons are going to get out of here
was one of those roll up your
sleeves at Atlanta and New Orleans
NFC South battles. England? Great
Britain, the whole of Scotland,
Oliver, the UK.
I am Mark.
Nice to meet you. This is my guy
right here. You guys pulled it out.
Yes, Toquero business the way we
needed to. Wasn't pretty, but we'll
What is next?
Win a couple
of playoffs, the next one. Having
that focus, trying to get the win. I
guess next we will play Tampa, about
ten days from now, so little rest
this weekend then back out.
go into this thinking it was must
They all are, this time year.
You get into December, in our
division they are all must wins, so
it was a big win for us tonight, for
What is the biggest thing you
learn from him?
Get the ball out
Take care of yourself.
Great to see
Julio Jones, out here to see
It was good, you know,
division opponent, it was a battle,
write to the end. But we
division opponent, it was a battle,
write to the end. But we stood up,
you know. Came out victorious, you
know, but these are big games for
us, the championship weekend.
receiver in football, man. Getting
Well, that wink is mac
Atlanta does not alter the playoff
positions, but it does help them --
that win for Atlanta. You can see
the table now, at Atlanta at eight
and five so just a game behind. Osi,
as Matt Ryan said to us in the
locker room, and I don't know where
But as he said the us, they got it
Yes, they did. They got it
done. A big win. They showed signs
of a good tenacious football team
and were able to win.
I suppose both
sides ostensibly made mistakes with
the crucial interception from Deion
Jones towards the end of the game.
What a crucial mistake that was,
going in for goal, but Deion Jones,
having a great game up until that
point, makes the interception.
know that Matty Ryan said it was not
a must win game, that was not how
they were thinking about it and it
is all about focusing on what the
next gamers, but they had not won
tonight they would have been gone?
Their chances iron-mac would have
been zero, because of them winning
all three of these games -- their
chances would have been zero. This
was a game they needed to win,
statement they needed to make and
Did you see enough from
Atlanta tonight to suggest they will
be in the playoffs come January?
What I saw was a defense
that needed to create turnovers and
they finally did to help their team
wins or maybe they have a chance!
That was not what I asked! You
answered honestly. You hope your
answer would be drowned out!
I didn't want to commit...
look ahead to some games this
weekend because there are some
massive fixtures coming up.
Minnesota at Carolina, one of the
divisional rivals, Carolina, of
course of the Falcons and New
Orleans. What do you think?
Minnesota is a little too hot right
now, I think too hot for Carolina.
You think the defense will cope with
Cam? They have cope with everything
Absolutely. They could win
Are both going for the
Vikings. And Eagles against the
Rams. My first question, the start
of some kind of dynastic rivalry
over the next ten years?
what kind of sucks for Pinner Potter
is there will always be a rivalry
because they were the same drab
class and people will always compare
them -- that is what kind of sucks
for those two.
quarterbacks, like you said, they
will be in at each other. Their
teams are so young. I will go with
I will go with the Eagles.
So many great games coming up this
weekend and we will cover them all
on Tuesday night on BBC do with the
Highlight Show but as far as this
evening is concerned it is time to
say goodbye from Atlanta. I feel we
should end with a hug because you've
spent most of the day hugging
I love you all!
See you Tuesday.
Their footballing followers, the
pride of Georgia. Brought to errors
in Super Bowl 50 one.
COMMENTATOR: -- brought to earth.
There have been considered of
defiance, taste of defeat, that
reveal something deeper. Teddy comes
in small doses and the crew raced to
The cause is never lost.
Mark Chapman, Osi Umenyiora and Jason Bell are on the road to watch Atlanta host the New Orleans Saints in a crucial game for both teams' play-off hopes. There is also a look around the Falcons' new $1.6m stadium, complete with its eye-catching retractable roof. The guys also have all the big NFL news and a look ahead to week 14's remaining fixtures in the run up to Super Bowl LII.