The Saints have swept the season series against NFC South division foe Atlanta Falcons with their 17-13 win on Thursday Night Football and now sit pretty at 9-2.
Despite the fact that these two teams are heading in opposite directions this season, the game was just as close as we'd expected it. Many of the stats show a very even matchup. The one turnover wound up being the true difference maker in this game.
The Saints' defense got great pressure on Matt Ryan all night thanks to Cam Jordan and Akiem Hicks; they ended the night with 5 sacks.
On offense, Pierre Thomas was a man on fire on the ground and through the air, picking up first downs along the way. Jimmy Graham also played like his usual self with 5 catches for 100 yards even and a touchdown. Drew Brees moved past Warren Moon for 5th place in NFL history in passing yards.
The Turning Point
There wasn't a very clear turning point but if there was one it would probably be Keyunta Dawson's forced fumble and Corey White's recovery in the 4th quarter when the Falcons were driving and deep in Saints territory. Had the Falcons put points on the board, the game could have had a different ending.
The Saints get another win in the NFC South and move to 9-2. They're pretty much guaranteed a playoff spot at this point. They also stay ahead of the streaking Carolina Panthers.
It would have been nice to put a bigger beat down on a team as bad as the Falcons. I hate to see the Saints play down to their opponent. But this is a division game and they're always tough, despite the record, so I'll take it.
Saints Offensive MVP
Pierre Thomas was a beast in all facets of the game. He had 10 carries for 73 yards on the ground and 5 catches for 57 yards through the air. There is no better running back at executing the screen than the Flying Frenchman.
Saints Defensive MVP
Cam Jordan was in beast mode tonight and put himself on the map in front of a national audience. He had 6 total tackles and 2.5 sacks. Matt Ryan never had a chance.
Saints Who Starred
Akiem Hicks, Jimmy Graham, Mark Ingram
Saints Who Struggled
Tweet of the Game
.@raylewis I expect you to be paying for any fine Akiem Hicks might incur.— Canal St. Chronicles (@SaintsCSC) November 22, 2013
GIF of the Game
Glen Foster left the game and was listed as questionable with a left leg injury.
The Saints get a long week to prepare for their huge Monday Night Football matchup on December 2nd in Seattle against the Seahawks. The winner of that game could very well control the first seed in the NFC and home field advantage in the playoffs.
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