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Saints vs. Falcons Recap: Atlanta Defeats Saints 37-34 In Overtime Nail-Biter

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Not the best way to start the season, but it was a week 1 road game for the Saints and the Falcons are healthier and better than they were in 2013. An 0-1 record sucks but the Saints can learn from this and improve. Extra practice on how to tackle would be a great place to start!

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Falcons Defeat Saints 37-34 in OT, UGH!

John DeShazier: Tough OT loss to Falcons doesn't leave Saints players discouraged
Atlanta – More encouragement than discouragement wafted through the visitors’ locker room Sunday in the Georgia Dome, even as New Orleans Saints players were minutes removed from listening to the home crowd roar its approval of the Falcons following Atlanta’s 37-34 overtime victory over the Saints in the regular-season opener.

Saints lose in heart-breaker to Falcons, 37-34 | wwltv.com New Orleans
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marcus Colston fumbled just two plays into overtime and the Atlanta Falcons recovered, allowing Matt Bryant to nail a 52-yard field goal and give his team a 37-34 overtime win.

New Orleans Saints stand by Marques Colston after fumble - ESPN
ATLANTA -- For the second straight game, one of the New Orleans Saints’ all-time greats played the role of both hero and goat. Receiver Marques

New Orleans Saints' Brandin Cooks lives up to hype in debut - ESPN
ATLANTA -- It seemed impossible that New Orleans Saints rookie receiver Brandin Cooks could live up to the lofty hype that surrounded him heading into

For one game vs. Atlanta, New Orleans Saints' defense reverts to the depths of 2012: Larry Holder | NOLA.com
All phases of the Saints defense failed in overtime loss in Atlanta

Big statistical day for Saints' Marques Colston overshadowed by game-ending fumble | NOLA.com
Colston fumbled in overtime

New Orleans Saints' Mark Ingram seethes on sideline, then scores two TDs | NOLA.com
New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram had a fiery, helmet-slamming outburst on the sideline Sunday, and later appeared to decline a post-touchdown handshake from coach Sean Payton.

Grading the New Orleans Saints after their OT loss at Atlanta | NOLA.com
Defense gets failing grade

New Orleans Saints' defense a stunning disappointment - ESPN
ATLANTA -- This is supposed to be the best defense the New Orleans Saints have fielded in the Sean Payton-Drew Brees era.

Falcons beat Saints 37-34 in overtime
Matt Bryant kicks 52-yard field goal for the win

Rapid Reaction: New Orleans Saints - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
ATLANTA -- A few thoughts on the New Orleans Saints' 37-34 overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome. What it means: This one was....

New Orleans Saints: Everyone demands blame - ESPN
ATLANTA -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the New Orleans Saints' 37-34 overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons: Falling on swords: Why did

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The View From the Other Side

Falcons top Saints in thrilling 37-34 overtime victory - The Falcoholic
As it usually does, the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints game went down to the wire.

NFL Recap - New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons - Sep 07, 2014 - CBSSports.com Game Recap
ATLANTA (AP) Matt Ryan has turned in plenty of impressive performances for the Atlanta Falcons.

Rapid Reaction: Atlanta Falcons - Atlanta Falcons Blog - ESPN
ATLANTA -- A few thoughts on the Atlanta Falcons' 37-34 overtime win over the New Orleans Saints: What it means: The Falcons can outscore you. There'

Atlanta Falcons' Matt Bryant relishes game winner - ESPN
ATLANTA -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the Atlanta Falcons' 37-34 overtime win over the New Orleans Saints: Falcons kicker Matt Bry

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan torments New Orleans Saints - ESPN
ATLANTA  -- Left guard Justin Blalock was one of a handful of players in the Atlanta Falcons locker room amused by how effective quarterback Matt Ryan

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Transcripts

TRANSCRIPTS: Coach Payton, players discuss Sunday's loss to Falcons
Quotes from Sean Payton and players after Sunday's loss to the Falcons

TRANSCRIPTS: Mike Smith, Falcons players talk about win over Saints
Quotes from Falcons head coach Mike Smith and several players after Sunday's win

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Video

VIDEO: New Orleans Saints postgame press conference - NFL Videos
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees account for the Saints' loss to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1.

VIDEO: Drew Brees: "Unfortunately we fell short"
Drew Brees speaks with the media after the team's regular season opener against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, September 7, 2014. Video by Alex Restrepo (Video property of New Orleans Saints)

VIDEO: Brandin Cooks recaps his first regular season game
Brandin Cooks speaks with the media after the team's regular season opener against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, September 7, 2014. Video by Alex Restrepo (Video property of New Orleans Saints)

VIDEO: Curtis Lofton: "This one hurts"
Curtis Lofton speaks with the media following the team's regular season opener against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, September 7, 2014. Video by Alex Restrepo (Video property of New Orleans Saints)

VIDEO: Zach Strief: "We didn't finish today"
Zach Strief speaks with reporters after the team's game against the Atlanta Falcons. (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Game Highlights: Saints at Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons take on the New Orleans Saints at home for a battle of the NFC South. Matt Ryan puts up impressive numbers to take his team to victory in this overtime thriller.

VIDEO: Postgame Wrap: Saints at Falcons
New Orleans Saints senior writer John DeShazier and Sean Kelley recap the team's regular season opener against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, September 7, 2014. Video by Alex Restrepo (Video property of New Orleans Saints)

Sunday Blitz: Falcons-Saints - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN Video: Jim Basquil and Ron Jaworski break down the Falcons' win over the Saints.