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The Atlanta Falcons' season finale against the New Orleans Saints was marred by controversy and emotion, culminating in a heated exchange between Falcons head coach Arthur Smith and Saints head coach Dennis Allen. The incident occurred after the Saints scored a late touchdown when they could have simply run out the clock, a move that is typically seen as a breach of sportsmanship in the NFL, it was certainly seen as a sign of disrespect by the Falcons, particularly by Arthur Smith.
The incident added insult to injury for Smith, whose team suffered a significant loss. Hours after the game, the Falcons announced that Arthur Smith had been fired as head coach. This decision came after another disappointing season where the Falcons finished with a 7-10 record, marking the third consecutive losing season under Smith's leadership.