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Saints 21, Falcons 17: First Half Recap and Discussion Thread

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This is the place to review the first half stats and get in on the real-time chat of the second half of the Saints-Falcons game with other Saints fans!

Mark Ingram and the running game have done well so far.
Mark Ingram and the running game have done well so far.
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As we come out of halftime, the New Orleans Saints are holding the edge in a shootout with the Atlanta Falcons, leading 21-17 with the chance to add to that lead with the opening drive of the second half.

It looked bleak early, with Drew Brees throwing an interception on the Sants' first play from scrimmage, and then falling down a 10-0 hole, before the defense tightened up a bit and the offense woke up. Since the interception, Brees has settled into a good rhythm, going 12 of 18 for 152 yards and 2 TDs.

Jimmy Graham has both the TD catches (along with a DROP - guh), and TUSK!!!!! blasted a sweet 56-yard TD run that showcased a little bit of everything we like about him: speed, elusiveness, and bruiser-ness.

Review the stats below, then jump right into the second half discussion!

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Team Stats


ATL
NO
First Downs 12
14
Total Yards 206
268
Passing Yards 180
152
Rushing Yards 26
116
Penalties (Yds) 3(30)
2(20)
Turnovers 0
1
Punts (AVG) 2(46)
1(46)
Time of Pos. 17:39
12:21

Top Performers

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
D. Brees 12/18 152 2 1
Rushing CAR YDS TD LG
M. Ingram 7 40 0 8
P. Thomas 3 9 0 4
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
M. Colston 1 7 0 7
J. Graham 5 89 2 29T
L. Moore 4 40 0 19

ATLANTA FALCONS
Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
M. Ryan 16/20 183 2 0
Rushing CAR YDS TD LG
M. Turner 10 15 0 9
J. Rodgers 2 11 0 8
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
R. White 5 100 0 49
T. Gonzalez 5 56 1 19
M. Johnson 1 1 1 1T

Falcons vs Saints coverage

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