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Saints clinch NFC South with Thanksgiving win over Falcons

The New Orleans Saints have clinched the NFC South division title with a 26-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Thanksgiving night.

This marks the third consecutive season that the Saints have won the NFC South, the best such streak in franchise history.

The Saints' victory over the Falcons avenged a humbling setback against Atlanta in Week 10, a 26-9 loss at home that ended a six-game winning streak for New Orleans.

The Saints improved to 10-2 on the season, while the second-place team in the NFC South — the Carolina Panthers — are 5-6 heading into Week 13. The Falcons, meanwhile, fell to 3-9.

The Falcons made the Saints sweat it out late, making a frenzied late-game comeback attempt. The Falcons were successful on consecutive onside kicks. The first successful onside kick came after a touchdown trimmed the Saints' lead to 26-15, and led to a Younghoe Koo's field goal that made it a one-possession game. However, the Falcons couldn't capitalize on the second successful onside kick. The drive was thwarted at midfield as Cameron Jordan sacked Matt Ryan on fourth down to end the comeback threat.


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