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Today in NOLA: 9.7.14

Who Dat! The Saints are back for real, playing their season opener against the Atlanta Falcons. If pigskin’s not your bag, catch the Sunday matinee of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest or join the NOLA Social Ride at the Country Club this afternoon. Tonight, James Singleton leads his quartet at Snug Harbor and the Hot 8 Brass Band play on without their leader at the Howlin’ Wolf. See the details:

Saints' Jordan Fined for Hit on Falcons QB

The New Orleans Saints are no strangers to the NFL player safety debate, especially after a hit by the San Francisco 49ers' Ahamd Brooks became the armchair quarterbacks' talking point last week. This week, it's the Black and Gold who are facing the fines, as ESPN reports defensive lineman Cameron Jordan will have to cough up $10,000 for his hit on Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.

Saints Outlast Falcons, 17-13

There's a huge difference between the Atlanta Falcons that showed up during Week 1 against the Saints and for most of the rest of the season. After Thursday night's performance, the Falcons appear to have "Saints form," a sharper level of play that appears when Black and Gold are on the opposing uniform. Nevertheless, the Saints were able to escape the Georgia Dome with a tight 17-13 win to close out the 2013 chapter of the rivalry.

Saints Set for Return Date with Low-Flying Falcons

The sting of all of those hits from the 49ers are barely wearing off, but it's already time for the New Orleans Saints to take the field once again. On Thursday night, the Black and Gold head to Atlanta to close out their seasonal flight with the Dirty Birds (7:25 p.m. FOX8). The Saints-Falcons rivalry largely grew out of the two teams being the best NFC South teams, but one isn't living up to billing this year.

Saints Defense Rises in 23-17 Win Over Falcons

As Breesus kneeled to run out the clock on the field, Rob Ryan was overcome with joy on the sidelines. In Ryan's first game in Black and Gold golfwear, the newly-hired defensive coordinator watched his unit sack the Atlanta Falcons quarterback three times, and come up with a massive goal line stand to end the game, giving the Saints a 23-17 win over their archrivals to begin the season.

Redemption, Rivalry on Minds of Saints Before Season Opener with Falcons

The three quarters without the starters and endless talk of who will play fifth-string wideout are over for another year. It's time for the New Orleans Saints to open the regular season, and get to work on avenging last year's disappointing 7-9 campaign. The Black and Gold face a huge test in their first game, as the Dirty Birds of Atlanta come to town for an opener that will say more than any Bobby Hebert commentary ever could about where this team stands. (Noon, Fox)

Trombone Shorty to Play National Anthem Before Saints-Falcons Season Opener

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue have performed the national anthem in front of the Dirty Birds before, but that time they were wearing the wrong team's gear. But the local Supafunkrock heroes have a chance to make good on the blue snafu before the Saints' season opener against the Atlanta Falcons. Trombone Shorty will perform the national anthem in the Superdome before the Saints and Falcons meet at Da Dome on Sept. 8.

Saints Re-Sign Chris Ivory

If things stand as they are now, the New Orleans Saints will have one of their top Dirty Bird dominators when they open the season against the Falcons in September. The Black and Gold signed Chris Ivory to a one-year contract Friday, according to Saints GM Mickey Loomis.

Saints' 2013 Schedule!

With Sean Payton back, the Dude installed at head coach and the NFL Draft around the corner, the countdown to Saints season is on. WhoDats will start to wish the clock to tick a little faster, with the official announcement made that the Saints will host the Dirty Birds in the Superdome to open the season on Sept. 8. Click through to view the full schedule:

Festivals and Digestibles: Super Bowl Entertainment Details, Talking Points Revealed

If the increased frequency of road closures and likelihood of an Arctic Krewe du Vieux weren't reminder enough, Super Bowl XLVII is almost here. New Orleans' tenth time hosting the NFL's championship game and attendant kerfluffle will bring together two of the National Football League's premiere teams (that aren't the Saints), media mavens from around the world, a Bud Light hotel and, yes, more of those road closures. So what's really in it for locals? Well, you guessed it: a huge festival featuring music and food, quality time with local reality TV subjects and graciousness toward Roger Goodell. Wait, that last one can't be right...

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