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In some seasons, a New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons prime-time matchup on Thanksgiving would be a hotly anticipated showdown. This year, not so much.
Despite some close games and a recent unexpected loss, the Saints remain at the top of the NFC South at 9-2. This year, Drew Brees has offensive weapons worthy of his Hall of Fame skill, with Michael Thomas at receiver and Alvin Kamara at running back, and a strong defense to back them up. The result has been a season where New Orleans rolls over the competition.
For Matt Ryan and the Falcons, 2019 has been a lost year. It looked like Atlanta might be turning a corner late in the season with back-to-back wins over division rivals the Panthers and the Saints. But, with last week’s loss to the underwhelming Buccanneers, Atlanta’s season is effectively over.
This game could certainly be competitive. After all, the Falcons pummeled the Saints less than a month ago. However, the results really don’t mean much outside of divisional bragging rights. With the Saints four games ahead of any other team in the division, New Orleans is destined for the postseason and Atlanta’s players are destined to watch the payoffs from the comfort of their homes.
Here’s everything you need to know to live stream Saints vs. Falcons, including what to watch for on the field.
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New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons
- When: 8:20pm ET, Thursday, Nov. 28 (coverage begins at 7pm ET)
- Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia
- Streaming: Sunday Night Football airs exclusively on NBC and is available on any platform that carries the network. The same applies for this special Thanksgiving game. Fans have a number of options for streaming the week’s marquee game.
How to stream Sunday Night Football online
1) Sling TV
- Cost: $25-$40 per month (40% off first month)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Both Sling Blue ($25 per month) or Sling Orange + Blue ($40 per month) include NFL Network and a number of sports channels—like three ESPN channels, FS1, Fs2, and NBCSN—and it’s still a nice perk that Sling subscribers can order a la carte packages. Sling TV also offers a special Latino package for bilingual viewers. Sling TV is currently offering a deal where you can subscribe for 40% off the regular price for the first month of your subscription. That means Sling Blue would cost $15, and Sling Orange + Blue would cost $25. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.)
For $10 extra per month, you can get NFL RedZone via the Sling Blue Sports Extra package.
How to use AirTV with Sling
AirTV solves one of Sling’s biggest problems: The inability to receive all of your local channels. By purchasing a basic AirTV for $79.99 or the AirTV Player for $119.99, you can merge those local channels into your Sling TV, (or on your mobile device if you have the basic AirTV). As the Daily Dot wrote in its AirTV review, “It’s practically magic.”
The basic AirTV is a dual-tuner streaming device, while the AirTV Player is basically an upgraded Chromecast that has Netflix preinstalled. You’ll still need to own an HD antenna because even though AirTV gets you access to your local channels, it doesn’t actually physically show them to you.
But AirTV—which has no monthly fee—serves to strengthen one of Sling’s biggest weaknesses compared to other live streaming services like Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue. All those services have plenty of local channels.
- Cost: $54.99 per month
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
If you’re a big-time sports fan, FuboTV is your best streaming service option. If you love international soccer and you’re a Spanish speaker, FuboTV also offers various add-on packages, including Fubo Latino and Fubo Português. FuboTV’s basic plan showcases nearly 100 channels and includes NFL Network. At $54.99 per month, you’ll also get FS1, FS2, NBCSN, NBA TV, Big Ten Network, Pac 12 Network, BeIn Sports, and CBS Sports Network, along with premium channels like FX/FXX/FXM. The only notable omission for sports fans is ESPN. You can add Fubo’s Sports Plus package for an additional $8.99 per month, which allows you to stream NFL RedZone. (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.)
- Cost: $44.99 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its offerings, including ESPN and FS1, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
4) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
Devices: Roku, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox, iOS and Android devices
If you have cable or one of the aforementioned live TV streaming services, you can download the NBC Sports app and watch Sunday Night Football there in HD. If you’re using a web browser, you may need to install the latest version of Adobe Flash and your browser will need to be current enough to support HTML5 Media Source Extensions. You’ll also need an internet connection of at least 10 Mbps. (Here are some tips for faster Wi-Fi.)
New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons stream: What to watch for
Yes, the Falcons beat down on the Saints just a month ago, but the Saints are the better team. In fact, New Orleans may be the most complete team in the league.
Eighth in Offensive DVOA and fifth in Defensive DVOA, the Saints do everything pretty well. And with the coaching mind of Sean Payton controlling it all, they do it with dynamic creativity.
We’ve heard a lot about the star trio on this Saints team, and Brees, Thomas, and Kamara certainly deserve praise. But, the incredible thing about this Saints squad is how many players have stepped up during their 2019 campaign. Of course, there was the incredible play of Teddy Bridgewater in relief of Brees this season. And there is the gadget flexibility of Taysom Hill that has excited so many analysts. But there is also the improved play of defensive end Marcus Davenport, the resurgence of veteran tight end Jared Cook, the pass rush of Cameron Jordan, the dynamic play of Demario Davis, and the stunning secondary.
Every week, the Saints find new difference-makers, and it seems like they can win any kind of game.
The Falcons, by contrast, keep finding ways to lose. Some weeks, the weak running game holds up their offense. In other games, it is the non-existent pass rush that allows opponents to kill the Falcons through the air. The awful offensive line can render the elite skills of Matt Ryan useless. Atlanta has even had weeks where bad kicking loses them the game.
The Falcons are bad and the Saints are very good. Even though Atlanta went through a little two-week resurgence, this is still the reality for these teams. Look for the Saints to take care of business as the Falcons look to a future with some big offseason changes.
- How to watch NFL RedZone without cable
- How to watch NFL Sunday Ticket without a DirecTV satellite
- How to watch NFL Network online (without cable)
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Brenden Gallagher is a politics reporter and cultural commentator. His work has been published by Motherboard, Complex, and VH1. He’s the co-founder of Beer Money Films, an indie production company. Based in Los Angeles, he works in television drama as a writers assistant.