New Orleans 23, Atlanta 17

Date - 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, September 8, 2013
Location - Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
Temperature - DOME
Head Official - Gene Steratore
Attendance - 72348

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Atlanta 10 0 7 0 17
New Orleans 0 13 7 3 23

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Atlanta 0-1 0-0 0-1 L1
New Orleans 1-0 1-0 0-0 W1

Recap


Saints 23, Falcons 17: Drew Brees threw for 357 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Roman Harper intercepted Matt Ryan in the end zone on fourth down in the final minute as host New Orleans beat Atlanta for the 12th time in the past 15 meetings. 

Ryan was 25-of-38 for 304 yards and two touchdowns and quickly led the Falcons (0-1) down the field on the potential game-winning drive in the fourth but couldn't punch it in. New Orleans' much-improved defense came up with a goal-line stand, stopping the Falcons twice from the 3 and preserving the win when rookie Kenny Vaccaro broke up Ryan's pass for Tony Gonzalez and Harper snagged it out of the air.

The Saints (1-0) rolled up 419 total yards in the return of head coach Sean Payton, who served a league-mandated suspension for the 2012 season for his role in New Orleans' Bountygate controversy.

Atlanta grabbed an early 10-0 lead on Ryan's 7-yard touchdown pass to Gonzalez and a 23-yard Matt Bryant field goal, but Brees threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Marques Colston between a pair of Garrett Hartley field goals as New Orleans stormed back for a 13-10 halftime lead.

Ryan and Brees traded touchdown passes in the third quarter, and the Saints had a chance to put it away earlier in the fourth quarter but had to settle for a 22-yard Hartley field goal - his third of the game- with 3:12 to play. 

GAME NOTEBOOK: Brees has thrown two or more touchdown passes in four consecutive games and 13 of his last 15. … Falcons RB Steven Jackson rushed for 77 yards on 11 carries and had five catches for 45 yards, but dropped a pass over the middle on third-and-goal from the 3 on the final series. … Atlanta's Harry Douglas caught four passes for 93 yards.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Atlanta   New Orleans
Steven Jackson Player Pierre Thomas
11 Attempts 9
77 Yards 43
7.0 Avg Yards 4.8
0 Touchdowns 0
50 Long 11
Receiving
Atlanta   New Orleans
Harry Douglas Player Darren Sproles
4 Receptions 6
93 Yards 88
23.2 Avg Yards 14.7
0 Touchdowns 0
50 Long 32

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Atlanta 367 88 279 2 1 1 2.0 0
New Orleans 419 78 341 2 3 1 3.0 2

Upcoming Games

  • New Orleans will play their next game on the road against Tampa Bay. The Saints have a W/L % of .000 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
  • Atlanta will play their next game at home against St. Louis. The Falcons have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.