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Atlanta Falcons 27 @ New Orleans Saints 24: Dirty Birds Eke Out the Victory in an OT Thriller

NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 26:  Lance Moore #16 of the New Orleans Saints returns a punt against the Atlanta Falcons at the Louisiana Superdome on September 26 2010 in New Orleans Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 26: Lance Moore #16 of the New Orleans Saints returns a punt against the Atlanta Falcons at the Louisiana Superdome on September 26 2010 in New Orleans Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Black pants!? NOOOOOOO!!! When will Coach Payton learn that these are best kept in the equipment room? Try as we might, however, we can't blame it all on the black pants. The offense again looked somewhat sloppy with Drew throwing interceptions and receivers dropping passes (I'm talkin' 'bout you, Devery!), Garrett Hartley shanked yet another big kick (a potential game-winner!), and the defense, although not horrible, failed to stop them when it mattered most.

After three games this season, there appears to be a common theme with our O - come out and put up 7 points early, relax a little, and then come back to life in the 4th quarter when the game is on the line. They're comeback today only resulted in a tie that was later broken in OT by the opposition. I'm really missing those blowout victories from last year. They were easier on my heart.

What's your take on today's OT nail-biter against our arch-nemesis? Are Drew & Co. operating less efficiently or is their less than normal point production more a product of opposing teams bringing their best against the reigning Super Bowl champs? Hard to tell but I'm leaning more towards the latter. Tough loss.