With two regular season games left, the Saints (6-8) face several different scenarios, including both winning the division this weekend, but also getting eliminated from playoff contention.
"You look at scenarios when you don't control your own destiny," quarterback Drew Brees said. "When you control your own destiny, you don't look at scenarios. Right now we control our own destiny, we win, win again, we're in. That's all that matters."
Running back Mark Ingram added, "We're not really worried about what everybody else has going on, we just focus on what we have here, and what we have to do to win a championship and continue into the post-season."
The Black and Gold have only won back-to-back games once, and even though they played well against a downtrodden Bears team, their next opponent takes a big step up in quality.
"I didn't like particularly how we finished," head coach Sean Payton. "Our red zone defense needs work, but I thought there were some positives we can take away from the game. This will be an entirely different type of game (Atlanta), an entirely different type team we're playing."
Brees added, "They're a very good football team, they're playing very well right now. We know what's at stake, home game. We want to reestablish ourselves at home. Lastly, we just want to get better, get a little better than we were last week."
And one of the biggest keys for a team looking to snap a four-game skid at home is to keep their dome field advantage with a quick start.
"You understand how to utilize the home crowd," Brees. "Early success, starting fast, all those things. A lead, all those things keep the crowd loud, big plays, momentum-changing type plays. So you understand when you get down and are not doing those things, you kinda take it out of it, that benefit, that edge."
The Falcons beat the Saints in Week One, 37-34 in overtime. New Orleans can get its revenge by taking out their rival this weekend and possibly locking up the NFC South Division.
"This at the beginning of the season is what you hoped for, the opportunity to be playing for something significant this time of the year," Brees said. "That's what we have the chance to do. It's against a very good divisional opponent. I know the fans enjoy this rivalry. It doesn't get any better than this."