The New Orleans Saints defeated the Atlanta Falcons Sunday. Atlanta coach Mike Smith sent out the punting team, but changed his mind after. That was definitely the wrong thing to do. They were in their own territory when the coach decided to go for it. This allowed Saints’ kicker John Kasay to kick a 26-yard field goal that gave the Saints’ the victory. The coach knew the lost was because of his call made.
New Orleans took the lead in the NFC South, destroying Atlanta’s three-game winning streak. This will come back to haunt Smith if this cost the Falcons from going to the playoffs. The Falcons recovered from a 10-point shortage in the fourth quarter, tying the game on Matt Bryant’s 27-yard field goal on the final play.
In overtime, Atlanta seemed to have picked up a first down on a pass to Mike Cox, but it was called short after the referee looked at the replay. Then of course Smith decided to go for it on fourth down from his own 29.
New Orleans coach Sean Payton coached the game on the sideline on crutches. He felt that this game was truly important, and that is presence was important as well. The team was happy to have their coach back on the sideline with them.
Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees went 30 of 43 for 322 yards, and he had two touchdowns. Marques Colston had eight catches for a total of 113 yards.
Atlanta was down to its last chance, facing fourth-and-3 at the New Orleans 45 with about 4.5 minutes remaining. Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan kept the drive going by hitting Roddy White on a 6-yar completion, then he had two more passes. A 19-yarder to White was followed by a 20-yard touchdown bringing the Falcons to 23-20.
Without only one timeout left, the Falcons thought trying for an onside kick would work, but it did not. The Saints moved into position to give Kasay a 45-yard try, and it kicked it right down the middle. Jimmy Graham was called for holding, and this made the Saints punt back to the Falcons. The Falcons pulled it together, and went into OT with the help of Bryant’s third field goal of the game.
The Saints are now 7-3, and the Falcons are 5-4. They now have the lead of the NFC South, and will have a bye week next weekend. Hopefully they will not let this week off hurt them for their next game against the New York Giants. They will play Monday night let us see if the Saints cause stay ahead in the race for the NFC South.
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Written by Brooke Adams
I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. I am currently a senior at Xavier University of Louisiana. I am majoring in communications (broadcasting). I write for the school newspaper as well as write for the newscast. I am a reporter for XTV news. I hope to one day be a sports reporter for a professional sports team or work as a sports reporter for a news station.