Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/12/12
The Atlanta Falcons marched into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, as the only undefeated team in the NFL.Roddy White did an interview in the earlier part of the week stating that he saw 19-0 in the Falcons' future.The statement didn't fall on deaf hears, and just like we all heard of it, I'm sure the Saints caught wind of it as well.No matter the amount of success achieved by the team on the season, this match-up is always competitive.The Saints-Falcons rivalry is one of the biggest in football, and is always full of excitement. This game proved both statements to be right. The Saints have been have a tough season, while the Falcons have enjoyed being the best team in football through the first half of the season.However, the "Who-Dats" were able to overcome the "Dirty Birds" again, for the 11th time in the last 13 games.Although the game had several big plays, let us look at who the HERO and ZERO were in this game.HEROIf you guessed that I'd say Jimmy Graham, then you would have been correct! Like several times in the past, Graham was Brees' primary target. The tight end has quickly recovered from the ankle injury, bouncing back with two big games. Graham finished with a career-high 146 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He caught seven passes on eight targets.Graham has four touchdowns, 281 yards, and 20 receptions in his last three games. Jimmy Graham was undoubtedly the Hero of this game.Honorable Mention:Matt Ryan - 411 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INTChris Ivory - 7 carries, 72 yards, TDTony Gonzalez - 11 catches, 122 yards, 2 TDs ZEROThere is no one in the league who could've possibly been worst than the Falcons' running game this week. It's no secret that the Falcons are stacked on offense, but the running game has under-achieved all season long. Little has been said because of the team's success, but they have been awful!The New Orleans Saints are ranked 31st against the run. They give up 162.0 yards per game on the ground. The Falcons' running duo of Michael Turner and Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for a total of 44 yards.Three words: UN. EGG. SEPTIBLE!Okay, but seriously, Atlanta needs to get more production out of those guys against the teams who have poor run-defenses. If Atlanta had success running the football, then they would've shortened the game; preventing Drew Brees from getting the ball. Which may have even allowed them to remain the league's only undefeated team.But, they didn't. And they loss. When looking for someone to blame, look no further than the awful display of running, by the backs from Atlanta. Do better when you should, gentlemen.
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