The Saints' coaching staff has been emphasizing one particular stat this week, ahead of the Saints home opener against the Atlanta Falcons.
Historically, these two rivals punish each other until literally the final seconds.
"Seven of our last ten games with the Falcons, since Mike Smith has been the head coach, have been decided by the last possession," quarterback Drew Brees said. "Seven out of ten. It just goes to show you what type of battle it always is with these guys."
And how critical every snap can be.
Wednesday, several key players returned to practice for the Saints, including wide receivers Marques Colston and Nick Toon, as well as outside linebackers Junior Galette and Martez Wilson. All want to play Sunday and contribute to a contest the Saints hope will start this season on a high note.
"These are always close games, Brees said. "These are always hard fought games. There's always a lot at stake when we play each other. Week one, but it doesn't get any better ...