Saints get a statement win in 31-27 victory over Falcons


November 11, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates after throwing a touchdown to tight end Jimmy Graham (not pictured) during the second quarter of a game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

The New Orleans Saints who sit at 4-5 now, got a tremendous boost when they knocked off the previously undefeated Atlanta Falcons today 31-27 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Things didn’t look good at first when the Falcons on their opening possession marched 80-yards down the field for a touchdown and then on the Saints ensuing possession quarterback Drew Brees threw an interception to cornerback Asante Samuel.

But the Saints recovered their composure and gave a performance to end the Falcons undefeated season.  It was one time that the Black and Gold could have been considered underdogs in their own home.

The Falcons have been compared by a few, ironically, to the 2009 Saints who made a similar run on their way to a Super Bowl victory.  Even when behind the Falcons seemed to have events bounce their way and pull come-from-behind wins.

However, the Saints defense stepped up in a major way and made plays to deny the Falcons on trips inside the red zone and on the ground as well.  For the 18 rushing plays they ran, the Falcons only netted 46 total yards on the ground.

The rivalry between the two teams is one that is hyped the week prior and for good reason.  It seems that the two always play past the whistle and provide nailbiting finishes.

Although the Falcons are most likely going to win the NFC South, the Saints can use this momentum as they travel to face the Oakland Raiders and will attempt to go 5-5 on the season as well as keep some playoff hopes alive.