By Sarah Murphy
The New Orleans Saints got steamrollered in their own Superdome 26-9 by the Atlanta Falcons.
It snapped a six-game winning streak for the Saints, who fell to 7-2. And it snapped a six-game losing streak for the Falcons, who are now 2-7.
How rare was the upset?
New Orleans was favored by 13.5 points, according to Caesars Sportsbook — making the Saints the biggest favorite to lose a game this season.
It was the fourth time — and the first since 2001 — that a team on a losing streak of at least six games beat a team on a winning streak of at least six games, according to research by the Elias Sports Bureau. The others came in 1973 and 1948.
It was the first time since 2003 that a team with a record of 7-1 or better lost to a team with a record of 1-7 or worse, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
It snapped the Saints’ streak of 110 home games in which they reached double-digits scoring. They were one shy of the NFL record set by the Indianapolis Colts from 1997 to 2011.