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Inside the Game: New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons connections 

Take an inside look at the connections between the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons before their Week 3 match-up on Sunday, Sept. 23

New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons Connections

  • New Orleans running back Alvin Kamara is an Atlanta native who prepped at Norcross (Ga.) HS, where he rushed for 2,264 yards and 26 touchdowns while averaging 7.5 yards per carry and added 22 receptions for 286 yards and five scores as a senior in 2012, earning Georgia Mr. Football honors from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen's father, Grady, played for Atlanta from 1968-72. Allen served on the Falcons defensive coaching staff from 2002-05. Allen tutored Falcons quarterback Matt Schaub when he served as head coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2014
  • Saints kicker Wil Lutz is a Newnan native who played at Georgia State
  • New Orleans linebackers coach Mike Nolan served as defensive coordinator of the Falcons from 2012-14
  • New Orleans quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi served on the Falcons coaching staff in 2006
  • Saints tackle/guard Andrus Peat and Falcons tight end Austin Hooper were teammates at Stanford
  • New Orleans linebacker Craig Robertson and Atlanta center Alex Mack were teammates in Cleveland. Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan and Mack were college teammates at California
  • Atlanta assistant special teams coach Alex Sutulovich and Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael served on the same staff at Louisiana Tech from 1997-99
  • Center Max Unger was tutored by Atlanta offensive line coach Chris Morgan in Seattle in 2014
  • New Orleans safety Vonn Bell prepped at Rossville (Ga.) Ridgeland HS
  • Saints cornerback P.J. Williams and Falcons running back Devonta Freeman were college teammates at Florida State
  • New Orleans defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins prepped at Eastside (Covington, Ga.) HS.

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