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Saints vs Falcons: Report Card

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Aug 25, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; New Orleans Saints kicker Garrett Hartley (5) attempts a field goal during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Special Teams:90 A

The return game was a non-factor. No fumbles, no major returns. For that, it isn’t a perfect A.

Now, the kicking and punting by the Saints were superb. Thomas Morestead frequently either bailed out the offense’s mistakes and gave the defense several good chances to keep the Falcons behind the 50 yard line. Also, his kickoffs were all touchbacks. Can’t deny this kid has got the gift.

Garret Hartley was good from 48 yards, 31 yards, and 22 yards. He also made his extra point attempts. So, he accounted for 11 of the Saints 23 points. He may have his inconsistent days, but today Hartley was money.

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