Maybe don't pencil the Saints into the Super Bowl just yet squib

The 1-7 Falcons have lived those words for the entirety of their miserable first half of the 2019 season, but on Sunday, they communicated their disease to an unexpected victim — the 7-1 New Orleans Saints. Yeah, it's always risky to make sweeping seasonal judgments based on one game — much less a bitter rivalry game — but man, the Saints' 26-9 loss to the Falcons was one of those defeats that's so ugly it makes you reconsider New Orleans' whole season to this point. Conventional wisdom held that New Orleans owned the inside track to the NFC championship, a team so balanced that Drew Brees is one of many weapons rather than the centerpiece.
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