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