Game 1 Rapid Reaction: Falcons vs. Saints

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Saints 23, Falcons 17

Saints Goal Line Defense Comes Through, AGAIN!

Sep 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) walks to the sidelines after a quick set of down against the New Orleans Saints during the third quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The tone was set from the very beginning. Steve Gleason & Sean Payton lead the ‘WHO DAT’ chant. This was going to be another high octane, prime time matchup.

I love to match up my Keys to the Game against the actual results, and gotta say (aside from the score), it was pretty spot on.

WOW! What a game! You can’t say you couldn’t see this coming down to the last drive. The oxygen masks were in full effect for sure. I didn’t expect a low scoring affair from these two, but there’s several moments in this game that proved to be difference makers.

Quick Box Score Stats

Total First Downs: Tied (18)

Third Down Efficiency: Atlanta (27% – 3/11), New Orleans (46% – 6/13)

Total Net Yards: Atlanta (367), New Orleans (419)

Sacks: Atlanta (2), New Orleans (3)

Turnovers: Atlanta (2), New Orleans (1)

Time of Possession: Atlanta (24:49), New Orleans (35:11)

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