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Inside the Game: New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons connections

Take an inside look at the connections between the Saints and Falcons before their Week 12 matchup on Thursday, Nov. 22. 

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. Dennis Allen served on the Falcons defensive coaching staff from 2002-05
  • Saints kicker Wil Lutz prepped at Northgate (Newnan, Ga.) HS and 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 teammates at California
  • 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 running back Mark Ingram and Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones were college teammates at Alabama
  • New Orleans defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins prepped at Eastside (Covington, Ga.) HS.

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