Fans fill up bars for Saints' primetime matchup


by Scott Satchfield / Eyewitness News

Posted on December 27, 2010 at 7:21 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 27 at 11:59 PM

NEW ORLEANS -- From the Irish Channel to the Warehouse District, they were ready hours before kickoff, showing off plenty Black and Gold spirit.

Anytime the Saints take on arguably their biggest rivals, the Atlanta Falcons, the Who Dats seem to kick up the intensity.

"We're so excited. I mean it's a huge game -- Atlanta," said Andre Feigler. "My whole family is in town, so we're looking forward to a good game. We need to win today, you know."

"It's a huge game. Who doesn't hate the Dirty Birds? Everyone hates the Dirty Birds and of course we want to go to the playoffs, so this is a huge game," said Christie Harper.

And with a win tonight, the Saints clinched a spot in the NFL's postseason.

"We gotta win it," said Austin Lavin "It's a huge game. Gotta beat the Falcons. Playoff implications. Must win. Let's do it. Let's go into the playoffs strong."

"It's a big Monday night game. A lot of people are fired up down here, so, it'll be fun. It'll be fun to watch," said Eric Nicaud.

The Falcons have never been very popular around this city, but when Roddy White, the team's star receiver, made negative comments about the Saints and the city of New Orleans on Twitter last week, anticipation for this game only grew.

"Defense is definitely gonna take care of Roddy White," said Charlie Rothermel. "He put a target on his own back, and I think Darren Sharper and the boys are gonna take care of him."

And all across the city, more of the same. Saints fans were confidently ready for some football.

"If we can stop Michael Turner and the front seven can pick it up from what we saw in Baltimore, I think it's gonna be a nice night for us," said Josh LeJaunie. "I really do."