ATLANTA — The Atlanta Falcons came off of their bye week and shocked the entire NFL on Sunday by soundly defeating the NFC South division leading New Orleans Saints in the Superdome, 26-9.

In the Saints' defense, other would-be playoff contenders had bad days this week, including the Kansas City Chiefs falling to the Tennessee Titans after a bad snap in the closing minutes forced field goal holder James Winchester to throw the ball away.

But back to the Falcons -- they finally put together a pass rush that worked and kept the pressure on Drew Brees.

The NFC South is not known as the new Black and Blue Division for nothing. The Saints are battered with injuries across the board. Brees missed multiple games following thumb surgery -- only making his second start on Sunday.

The Falcons are also having injury problems, but were able to make the most of what they had at hand.

Falcons Saints Football
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) carries in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)
AP

Here's what the national press had to say about Sunday's victory:

The Falcons head to Charlotte to take on the Panthers -- who are without the injured Cam Newton -- next Sunday at 1 pm.

Is this the start of a new, improved Falcons team that can look forward to bringing some winning football to Atlanta? Time will tell. See you back here next week.

MORE ATLANTA FALCONS HEADLINES | 

'Who dat? WE DAT.' | Reactions flow after Falcons pull off stunner over Saints

Falcons stun first-place Saints 26-9, ending New Orleans' six-game winning streak

Julio Jones gives Falcons fans a reason to be grateful despite unfinished contract: He's no Melvin Gordon

Atlanta Falcons cut long-time kicker Matt Bryant