The Atlanta Falcons shuffled to the Pelican State today to stare down the New Orleans Saints. Broadcast on Fox, the first quarter began with the Falcons on offense. A few plays in, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan made a beautiful forty-nine yard throw to wide receiver Roddy White who caught the ball at the one yard line. A couple plays later, Ryan tossed the ball to guard Mike Johnson for a touchdown. The Saints’ turn on offense soon became a turnover as Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel intercepted Saints quarterback Drew Brees. The Falcons increased their lead with a thirty-seven Matt Bryant field goal. The Saints responded to that gesture with a Chris Ivory TD; the Falcons defense were unable to slow him down. Atlanta 10 and New Orleans 7.
The second quarter reversed the score leader with a TD by Saints tight-end Jimmy Graham. New Orleans 14 and Atlanta 10. On the Falcons’ next possession, Falcons tight-end Tony Gonzalez made a TD catch just inside the end zone. The first half of the game concluded with a second Jimmy Graham TD. New Orleans 21 and Atlanta 17.
The third quarter didn’t go very well for the Falcons as Matt Ryan was intercepted Saints cornerback Corey White. Minutes later, Saints wide receiver Marques Colston nudged the ball over the goal line for a TD. New Orleans 28 and Falcons 17. What would be the chances that the Falcons would regain and maintain the lead? They were down by at least four FGs, two TDs, or one TD and two FGs.
The top of the fourth quarter indicated that the Falcons offense momentum was sharpening up again, especially after Tony Gonzalez made his second TD of the game. Matt Bryant closed the score gap with a twenty-yard field goal with ten minutes left in the game. New Orleans 28 and Atlanta 27. The Falcons defense was able to keep the Saints from scoring a TD, though kicker Garrett Hartley made a thirty-one yard FG with fewer than six minutes left to play. With under two minutes left in the game, the Falcons came so close to making another TD. New Orleans 31 and Atlanta 27. Final score.
If any team would break the Falcons’ winning streak, it would be the Saints.
Observations & Miscellania:
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6. The TD catch that Tony Gonzalez made to bring the Falcons back on top with 17 points was his 100th career TD catch.
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