Week 12: Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints
While this NFC South battle between the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints is an intriguing game on its own between two 2017 playoff teams, it stands out as one of the best prime-time matchups because it is on Thanksgiving Day.
Matt Ryan was the MVP of the league in 2016 but is looking to bounce back after throwing just 20 touchdowns to 12 interceptions last year. Drew Brees is an 11-time Pro Bowler and has a Super Bowl MVP on his resume and has thrown for more than 4,000 yards in each of the last 12 seasons as a future Hall of Famer.
This Thanksgiving game between the two signal-callers is late enough in the season that the divisional standings will be on the forefront of everyone’s minds, and a head-to-head win would go a long way toward propelling one toward the NFC South crown.
Those stakes, along with the fact it is such an important game on a holiday largely defined by football, make it a primetime clash to watch.
Shanahan was latest local celebrity figure to open the door to the Sharks’ locker room prior to the start of Wednesday’s game, showing he’s fully on board with the local NHL team during the Stanley Cup playoffs this season. Although the noise level inside the arena was a near-deafening roar just before the game, Shanahan could be seen saying to the in-house camera, The series ends tonight. It was well on its way.
Texans star J.J. Watt wished former first lady Barbara Bush well as she fought congestive heart failure and pulmonary disease. After it was announced that she died at the age of 92 on Tuesday, Watt shared a touching message along with photos of some of the great times they shared together. Rest In Peace Mrs. Barbara Bush, Watt wrote. You were a beautiful light in this world and I am forever thankful for your friendship. That incredible photo of Watt and Bush in the huge football pads was from when the two got together for a project tackling illiteracy.