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New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) makes the catch as Atlanta Falcons free safety James Sanders (36) defends during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
New Orleans’ John Kasay made a 26-yard field goal with 8:42 left to lift the Saints to a 26-23 victory in overtime on Sunday at the Georgia Dome.
Falcons coach Mike Smith made a big gamble in overtime. He went for it on a fourth-and-1 from the Falcons 29. Running back Michael Turner was stuffed by Shaun Rogers and Will Smith for a loss.
The Saints held a 10-6 haltime lead.
The Saints opened at 23-13 lead in the fourth quarter before the Falcons stormed back to force overtime.
The past four games games in the series have been decided by a field goal. The past six have been decided by a touchdown or less.
The Saints improved to 7-3 and remain in first place in the NFC South. The Falcons dropped to 5-4.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons
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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...
Atlanta Falcons running back Jason Snelling (44) is brought down by New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Tom Johnson (96) and others during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Falcons coach Mike Smith said the plan all week was to be aggressive against the New Orleans Saints.
So, in overtime, with just a few inches...
As far as I'm concerned there's no need to look any further than the 4th and 1 overtime play. That stop was a season defining moment and a reference point for the rest of the year. Say what you will about the struggles of the defense this year, that moment turned boys into men, figuratively speaking. Moments before that, of course, the defense was gashed on a drive that almost...
Mike Smith kept pointing toward the Atlanta Falcons' locker room and saying, hey, this loss isn't the players' fault.
He took the blame for this one.
The Falcons' coach gambled in overtime, and it cost his team the game against the New Orleans Saints. Not just any game, either. First place in the NFC South was on the line when Smith made a call that, he can only...
John Kasay kicked a 26-yard field goal in overtime to give the New Orleans Saints a 26-23 victory over Atlanta after Falcons coach Mike Smith decided to go for it on fourth down deep in his own territory Sunday.
ATLANTA (AP) - John Kasay kicked a 26-yard field goal in overtime to give the New Orleans Saints a 26-23 victory over Atlanta after Falcons coach Mike Smith decided to go for it on fourth down deep in his own territory Sunday.The Falcons (5-4) rallied from a 10-point deficit in ...
New Orleans Saints wideout Lance Moore and running back Chris Ivory are active for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints because of a hamstring injury.