But those same Falcons helped the Bucs' playoff chances a little bit on Thursday.
The win means Atlanta can now clinch the NFC South with a loss or a tie by the Bucs on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
So why is this good for the Bucs?
Well, a second straight loss by the Saints means they are now 5-7 and a game behind the Bucs in the race for a wildcard spot. This is big for Tampa Bay because New Orleans currently holds the head-to-head tiebreaker thanks to a 35-28 win at Raymond James Stadium earlier this season.
The Bucs and Saints will meet each other again on December 16 in the Superdome.Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Drew brees, Football, New Orleans, NFL, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Buccaneers