Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/29/12
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons jumped out to a big lead and held on to bury the New Orleans Saints, 23-13, Thursday night in the Georgia Dome. Michael Turner and Tony Gonzalez scored touchdowns, as the Falcons improved to an NFL-best 11-1 and crushed the Saints' slim playoff hopes. The Falcons' win snaps a four-game losing streak to their NFC South rivals. But it wasn't easy. The Falcons were dominating and led 17-0 in the second quarter, but the offense that had plowed through the Saints early disappeared. Atlanta didn't pick up a first down on five consecutive possessions, a stretch that began in the second quarter and lasted late into the third quarter. While the Falcons were struggling, Drew Brees and the Saints' offense were finding their rhythm after a slow start that saw Brees throw two of his five interceptions. New Orleans cut the lead to 17-7 at halftime and got two Garrett Hartley field goals on their first two possessions of the second half. With the way this N...
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