Saints 10 @ Falcons 7: First Half Recap, Second Half Open Thread

ATLANTA GA - DECEMBER 27: Pierre Thomas #23 of the New Orleans Saints fights off two defenders in the first half during the game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on December 27 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

What an offensive slug fest, eh?

All joking aside, it's been the defense that has been the story of the game. Great job by the Saints to shut down Michael Turner and the Falcons run game. Both teams are getting good pressure. A bobbled snap recovered by Jonathan Vilma has turned out to be huge, after the Saints scored their only touchdown on the subsequent drive courtesy of a Pierre Thomas run.

Robert Meachem has been Drew's go-to guy so far. Drew has looked wonderfully nimble in the pocket, doing a great job avoiding the sack until John Abraham got to him once late in the half. 

Buckle up for the second half because there's no question: it's going to be exciting. 

Click the picture on the right for a few more from the game. 

Make the jump for all the stats from the first half.

Top Performers

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
D. Brees 20/26 135 0 0
Rushing CAR YDS TD LG
P. Thomas 7 24 1 16
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
R. Meachem 6 53 0 18
P. Thomas 5 10 0 5
R. Bush 3 15 0 8

 

ATLANTA FALCONS
Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
M. Ryan 7/13 85 1 0
Rushing CAR YDS TD LG
M. Turner 11 31 0 27
M. Ryan 3 6 0 7
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
R. White 3 43 1 18
J. Snelling 1 19 0 19
O. Mughelli 1 11 0 11

 

 

Team Stats

NO ATL
First Downs 9 7
Total Yards 153 122
Passing Yards 129 85
Rushing Yards 24 37
Penalties (Yds) 4(27) 1(10)
Turnovers 0 1
Punts (AVG) 5(40) 4(40)
Time of Pos. 17:04 12:56
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