Found September 08, 2013 on Football Nation:
“Last season, while suspended in connection with the NFL's bounty probe, Payton watched helplessly from afar as the Saints fielded one of the worst defenses ever, yielding a single-season record 7,042 yards,” according to the game summary by ESPN.com. “One of his first moves upon reinstatement was to hire Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator.”It seemed to have worked.The Saints went out on defense first and set the tone against division rival Atlanta, which resulted in a 21-17 win over the Falcons in the Superdome.The win not only helped Payton ease his way back to his position of leader, the Saints proved they were complete with their captain roaming the sidelines.When two teams with high octane offenses like these two play (twice a year in the NFC South), you hate seeing a team fall. But, someone has to win and someone has to lose.And here is what we learned from this first game of the year.Vintage BreesHe just went out and did what he does best.Drew Brees threw for 357 yards and...
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Atlanta Falcons news: Falcons fall prey to Saints 23-17

The Atlanta Falcons played by the script that has haunted them against NFC South rival New Orleans Saints for the last decade: play the Saints tight, make some great plays, and ultimately come up short. Unfortunately for Atlanta, a tight contest with New Orleans ended in disappointment once again, as a fourth down pass from Matt Ryan, who threw for 304 yards and two touchdowns in...

Rob Ryan buys entire New Orleans bar drinks after win

The Saints winning a game with an honest-to-God goal-line stand is enough reason for a parade through New Orleans in itself. But it turns out new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan gave one lucky group of fans even more reason to celebrate their win over the Falcons on Sunday night. According to the NOLA Defender blog, Ryan showed up at the Uptown bar Ms. Mae’s, where he was showered...

Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan celebrated Sunday’s win by buying a round at New Orleans bar

Rob Ryan coaching in New Orleans is perfect on many levels: the hair, the “I don’t give a F” attitude. But the most perfect thing about Ryan coaching in New Orleans is the fact that Ryan is just a regular dude that just so happens to coach football. For example, while other Saints players and coaches celebrated Sunday’s win over the Falcons either privately or in downtown...

Rob Ryan Bought Drinks for Entire New Orleans Bar After Saints’ Win Over Falcons

Rob Ryan is a man of the people. After the Saints opened its season with a 23-17 win over division rival Atlanta, Ryan, who is tasked with turning around the worst defense — statistically speaking — in NFL history, wanted to share the glory with the people of New Orleans. Shortly after the game ended, Ryan strolled into Ms. Mae’s, a dive bar in the Uptown section of the city...

Saints lose Bunkley, Walker and Patterson

Remember all those injuries the Saints' defense suffered in the preseason?  Lightning appears to be striking more than once for Rob Ryan’s players.  After a thrilling 23-17 victory over their division rival Atlanta Falcons the Saints were left with some bad news as nose-tackle Brodrick Bunkley, cornerback Patrick Robinson and defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker were unable...

Offense, led by the line, struggles in loss to Saints

The 2013 season began for the Atlanta Falcons much the way their previous campaign ended: Coming up short on fourth down inside its opponents' 10-yard line with quarterback Matt Ryan under pressure.In January, the opponent was San Francisco and the failure to convert cost the Falcons a chance to advance to the Super Bowl. Eight months later, it was their most-hated foe, the New...

Falcons fall just short vs. Saints, 23-17

Just like last season, Matt Ryan had the Atlanta Falcons achingly close to a late go-ahead touchdown against New Orleans at the Superdome. Once again, they could not finish the deal. Rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro deflected Ryan's fourth-down throw for tight end Tony Gonzalez into the hands of safety Roman Harper for the clinching interception in the end zone with 43 seconds left...

Falcons seek O-line answers before Rams come calling

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Whether the New Orleans Saints defense rushed the Falcons with three, four, five or six players, the Falcons gave up "entirely too much pressure" on quarterback Matt Ryan, said Atlanta head coach on Monday. One day after the Falcons' 23-17 loss in the season opener, in which Ryan was sacked three times and hit officially six times, the Falcons...

Saints Nation: Defensive and Special Teams Player Grades vs. Falcons

When you give up 17 points to an extremely potent offense, including a game winning goal line stop at the end of the game to seal the victory, it's safe to say this was an overwhelming success. Rob Ryan's first game was a huge hit. The defense gave up some plays, sure, but the overall result was more than we could have asked for. They deserve all the credit for this win,...

Falcons line still huge question mark after loss

The Atlanta Falcons have some of the most dynamic offensive players in the league. Matt Ryan. Julio Jones. Roddy White. Tony Gonzalez. Steven Jackson. It may not matter if they don't get better blocking up front. Already a giant question mark coming into the season, the offensive linemen did nothing to alleviate those concerns in a 23-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints in Week...

Falcons Struggled on Third Down in Opener

One of the basic keys to football is to keep the chains moving. If you do that, then your offense can stay on the field and get into a rhythm and the opposing defense gets tired. Last Sunday against the Saints, the Falcons weren't very good on third down on offense or defense. On offense the Falcons were a paltry 27% (3 of 11) and on defense they allowed their opponents...
NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.