The Saints beat Atlanta at the Georgia Dome in a dramatic overtime win 26-23! After stopping the Falcons on a crucial 4th down and inches, Saints Kicker John Kasay made a field goal to untie the game and win in overtime! This game was an intense close scoring game all the way to the end. It was the kind of the game that made you sweat it out until the winning field goal in overtime. It was very similar to the game last year when Atlanta scored the winning field in over time after Saint’s kicker Garrett Hartley missed.
On offense, Saint’s pass protection did a great job because Brees was not sacked once. Marques Colston had a physical game, averaging 14.1 yards per catch while taking viscous hits. Jimmy Graham had a rough start dropping two catches costing the Saints possible first downs. However, Graham came back catching for a total of 82 yards and a 21-yard touchdown that gave the Saints the lead 10-6 in the second quarter. Robert Meachem also had a clutch catch for a touchdown in the third quarter.
On defense, Roman Harper showed up ready to play with an impressive game. According to league sources, Harper was named NFC defensive player of the week. He was credited with 16 tackles, two altered passes, one sack, one pass defended and two tackles for losses. It’s a good things Harper had a good game and showed his worth because last August, the Saints re-signed Harper to a 4-year, $28 million contract. Scott Shanle had an interception that bounced off of Atlanta’s wide receiver Roddy White. Malcom Jenkins busted threw Atlanta’s offensive line stop running back Micheal Turner for a huge stop on 4th down an inches. Atlanta made a controversial call to go for it on 4th and inches and was stopped by the Saints defense which led the offense to scoring a field goal to win it in overtime!
Saints have won 9 of their past 11 games against Atlanta and the past four have been decided by a field goal. Saints move to a record of 7-3 and hold their spot as 1 in the NFC South Division. Atlanta moves to a record of 5-4 and are 2nd in the NFC South Division. Next Week, Saints have a bye then come back the following week for a Monday night game against New York Giants in the Dome! Waiting over two weeks to see the Saints again is going to tough for the WHO DAT NATION, but when we come back for the Monday night game the DOME is going to be rocking!