Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints no longer sound like a team in denial when they discuss their refusal to give up on this most unusual of seasons.
Perhaps all was not lost when they followed up a scandal-plagued offseason with an 0-4 start.
Certainly, the Superdome was packed with reveling believers after tight end Jimmy Graham turned in a career performance and his teammates made a slew of clutch plays to hand the rival Atlanta Falcons their first loss of the season, 31-27 on Sunday.
''This win today is a culmination of these guys sticking together from Day 1,'' said assistant head coach Joe Vitt, now leading the coaching staff while Sean Payton serves a season-long suspension in connection with the NFL's bounty probe of the Saints. ''They come to work with sense of purpose every day. They don't point fingers and they work hard to get better every day and that's what they've done.''
Graham caught seven passes for a career-best 146 yards and two touchdowns, and Jabari Greer...