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

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Afterwards Atlanta appeared to pick up a first down on a third down play on a pass to full back Mike Cox, but it was ruled just short after he clearly fumbled out of bounds while attempting to extend the ball for the first down.

Then to the shock and awe of everyone watching, Falcons head coach Mike Smith decided to go for it on fourth down from his own 29 yard line

Atlanta lined up in a “Power I” formation and sent running back Michael Turner into the teeth of the Saints defense. The only problem, the defense played the call perfectly, collapsed the Falcon blockers, and stopped Turner cold for no gain.

New Orleans took over the ball, and after three plays in which they gained 22 yards, kicker JohnKasay booted the winning field goal for the Saints — who moved to 3-1 in the division and 7-3 overall entering their bye-week.

Much has been made of Mike Smith’s call — was it the right thing to do or the wrong — and while some wholeheartedly agree with his brashness, others adamantly disagree, and thus the debate seemingly will rage on for an eternity.

Unfortunately for the Saints defense their fantastic play to stop Michael Turner has taken a backseat to Smith and his call.

In the end, however ill-advised his decision may have been, it was the Saints defense who made the play when it absolutely needed. So let’s give credit where credit is due, to the Saints “game-winning” defensive stand.