If you can't beat 'em, egg 'em.
That appears to be the mindset several Atlanta Falcons fans took Wednesday night as the Saints arrived to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for tonight's NFC South game at the Georgia Dome.
Saints backup quarterback Chase Daniel via Twitter: "Wow, as we're boarding buses on the Tarmac @ Atlanta airport, we start getting eggs thrown @ us by airport workers! Guess they do hate us!"
An airport official has confirmed that eggs were thrown at Saints' charter bus as they departed the ramp. Airline officials are investigating the incident, which appears to have included airline workers. Aviation General Manager Louis Miller called the behavior "unacceptable" and said it "will not be tolerated.
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To me, it sounds like the precursor for another Saints/Falcons showdown, the latest chapter in this ongoing feud of Southern NFL cities.
No doubt, at least a few yolks were aimed at linebacker Curtis Lofton, who left the Sweet Tea capital of the U.S. for the Home of the Hurricane -- the drink. Lofton said earlier this week that he doesn't consider this a rivalry game because of the Saints' dominance. It's just a division game. While the Falcons hold a 45-41 advantage all-time, the Saints have won 11 of 13 matchups since 2006.
On Nov. 11, the Saints won 31-27 at the Superdome, a game Atlanta WR Roddy White said the Falcons gave to 'em. Before the game, Lofton was taunted during warmups by former teammates. After the game, Saints linebacker Scott Shanle called the Falcons "our little brothers." The win ended the Falcons' eight-game unbeaten streak to start the season.
The Falcons (10-1) can clinch the divisional title with a win and a Tampa Bay loss or tie, while the Saints (5-6) are holding on for a chance at an NFL wild card berth.
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham took to Twitter to document his egging.
"Bus just got egged after landing in ATL by the ramp workers. Classy! "RISE Up" smh"
Earlier this week, Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel said he enjoys back-and-forth banter between himself and Saints fans on Twitter.
“Nothing is personal for me," Samuel said. "Anything I say or do, I just approach it as fun. I like to talk a little smack here and there. That’s what I do. That keeps me going. It keeps me energetic. It keeps me loving the game of football. It keeps me competitive.”
We'll see what the eggs do for the Saints tonight.