Say it ain’t so, but it appears that New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will be rooting for Atlanta in Sunday’s NFC conference championship game against the San Francisco 49ers. At least, that’s what we can divine from what he told CBS Sports this week:

“I think you want your division to do well when they face other teams, in this phase more so than in the regular season,” Brees said Monday. “There’s a level of respect that goes with certain divisions. Everybody talks about the NFC East and the AFC East, right? We want to be able to talk about the NFC South like that.”

Yeah, but ... the Falcons?

Who Dat Nation is in a quandary over Sunday’s NFC tilt: the Saints spent three decades in the NFC West with both the 49ers and the Falcons, and the ’9ers pretty much had the Saints’ number for most of that time, winning four Super Bowls while the teams were division mates. So, obviously, a lot of Saints fans can’t stand San Fran. But Atlanta has been our most bitter rival, especially since the Saints and Falcons started competing for bragging rights in the NFC South.

The thought of the Falcons playing in the Super Bowl in the Superdome — not to mention (but we will) Falcons fans partying in OUR French Quarter — is nauseating.

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