New Orleans Saints great defensive play dwarfed by Mike Smith's decision

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(Source: usatoday.net)

The New Orleans Saints emerged victorious in overtime against their bitter rival in the Atlanta Falcons, who just so happen to be their stiffest competition for the hotly contested NFC South crown, or moreover where the stiffest competition.

Drew Brees guided the Saints to a ten point lead late in the fourth quarter, and it appeared they had all but wrapped up the game.

But in typical fashion, as the games between these two teams have come down to the wire more than either side would like, Matt Ryan lead the Falcons to ten unanswered points to the tie the game and force over time in the last 4 minutes.

How or why the Saints defense let them back in the game is obvious, poor tackling, and worse yet an atrocious pass defense that seemed to forget Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas existed.

Douglas finished the game with 133 total receiving yards, 66 of those came during the Falcons final drive in regulation which tied the game.

It was terrible to watch as the Saints defense failed to adjust after Douglas’ big gains down the field.

But once in overtime the Saints defense seemed to stiffen up, forcing a three-and-out on the Falcons opening possession, followed by Atlanta’s defense forcing a three-and-out against New Orleans offense.

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