New Orleans never trailed in the contest until Falcons DE Chauncey Davis picked off a
New Orleans received the opening kickoff and Atlanta P Michael Koenen had a touchback. On the first play, QB Drew Brees handed off to RB
On Atlanta’s first play from scrimmage, RB Michael Turner got nowhere, being stopped by DE
On first down, Brees completed an eight-yard pass to Henderson for a 14-yard gain to the Atlanta 47 near the Saints sideline. A first down throw intended for Graham was incomplete. On a second down throw to WR
On first down, Ryan handed off to Turner for a six-yard gain, before he was tripped up by S
Brees handed off to Thomas on first down as he was stopped by Atlanta LB Curtis Lofton and DE Jamaal Anderson as he gained only one yard. On second down, Brees completed a pass to Meachem near the Falcons sideline for a gain of six. On third and three from the 47, Brees went downfield up the middle to Colston, but the throw was broken up by Falcons S William Moore. Morstead’s 53-yard punt sailed into the end zone for a touchback.
On first down for Atlanta from the 20, a high throw by Ryan was caught by WR Roddy White at the 38-yard line. With a fresh set of downs, Ryan dropped back and went to White again, but this time, offsetting pass interference penalties resulted in a replay of first down. On the next play, Turner gained only two yards before being stopped by DE
On first down, Brees completed a pass to Bush that was good for a gain of eight yards. Brees converted a first down, on a throw to Meachem for a gain of eight. Brees handed off to Thomas on the fresh first down and he gained one yard. A pass to WR Lance Moore, where he had a subsequent nice run for more gained 16 and put the Saints in Falcons territory. Brees went back on first down and completed a throw to Thomas, but it gained only one yard. A second down pass to Thomas out of the backfield resulted in no gain as he was stopped by Falcons DE Kroy Biermann. On third and nine from the 37, Brees went to Thomas again and he advanced to the 34, setting up a fourth and six and a trip out by the field goal unit and a 52-yard attempt by K
On first down for Atlanta from the 20, Turner was stopped for a two-yard loss by LB
New Orleans got their first, first down of the series on a ten-yard throw from Brees to Graham. For their next first down, Thomas barreled forward before being stopped by Moore at the three-yard line for a gain of 16 yards. Thomas then rushed in for the rushing touchdown to put the Saints up by ten.
Hartley’s kickoff went to the five and it was returned to the 22, where Atlanta would start out. Ryan first threw to TE Tony Gonzalez where he gained seven before being stopped by Dunbar. Turner then ripped out a 27-yard run to move into New Orleans territory, but on his next rush, he was stopped by CB
The kickoff by Koenen resulted in Thomas being stopped at the 18-yard line where the Saints would resume possession. On first down, Brees threw a quick pass to Bush that resulted in a four-yard gain. On second and six from the 22, Bush handed off to Thomas who gained one yard before being stopped by Anderson. On third and five from the 23, Brees tried a downfield attempt that was just overthrown for Meachem, forcing Morstead back to the field where a punt took a Saints bounce to the Atlanta 30-yard line.
On first down, Turner was forced out of bounds by Vilma for no gain. On second and ten, Ryan’s pass for Jenkins for broken up by CB
Hartley’s kickoff to open the second half was downed for a touchback and Ryan’s first pass of the half was incomplete. He completed a second down throw to Gonzalez for a five-yard gain. A third down throw to Jenkins was complete just at the first down marker. On the fresh set of downs, Ryan threw to Jenkins again and Porter stopped him for a one-yard loss. Ryan went to the Ohio State product for the third consecutive time and found him for a 16-yard gain. On first down from the 45, Ryan handed off to Turner who gained four yards before being stopped by Vilma. On second down, on a pass attempt to Jenkins, Porter was called for a pass interference penalty, putting the Falcons at the New Orleans 36-yard line. Porter was called for his second straight interference penalty at a play at the goal line, giving the Falcons first and goal at the one. On first and goal, Turner was stopped for no gain. Ryan handed off to Turner on second down and a fumble was forced by Charleston and recovered by LB
The Saints got the ball back from the two and Brees threw an incompletion on first down under pressure. On second down, Thomas was stopped by Falcons LB Mike Peterson for no gain. On third down, Brees completed a 12-yard pass to WR
On first down, Turner rushed ahead and gained six before being stopped by Wilkerson. On second down, Snelling was stopped by Brown after only a one-yard gain. On third and three, Ryan completed a pass play for a 15-yard gain to Jenkins for a first down to the 45. Ryan ran play action with the fresh set of downs, but his attempt slightly overthrew Gonzalez. A second down pass intended for White was incomplete. Following an Atlanta timeout, Ryan dropped back on third and under pressure from Smith was forced to throw an incomplete pass. Koenen’s punt went into the end zone for a touchback.
With New Orleans taking the ball at the 20, Brees’ first down pass intended for Meachem was incomplete, followed by a missed connection with Colston setting up third and ten. The signal caller found Meachem up the middle on the clutch third down play as they gained 14 yards to move the chains. Brees rolled out on the first down and attempted a bomb to Meachem that was broken up by Falcons CB Dunta Robinson. On second down, Thomas gained four yards on a handoff. On third down, Brees completed a pass to Thomas avoiding a sack and got back to the line of scrimmage. Morstead came out to punt gain and it was fielded at the 18 before Atlanta WR Eric Weems advanced it to the 24.
On first down, Ryan handed off to Turner for a seven-yard gain before he was stopped by S Roman Harper. On second down, Ryan dropped back and was taken down by DE Will Smith for a loss of seven, forcing the Falcons to need ten yards for a first down. Ryan threw an outlet pass to Mughelli, but he was only able to get eight yards forward, forcing the punt unit out again. Koenen punted the ball out of bounds at the 23-yard line. On the special teams play, Torrence was called for a personal foul penalty play on hitting an Atlanta player out of bounds, forcing the Saints back to starting at their ten-yard line.
New Orleans got the yardage back though as Thomas ripped off a 13-yard run on the final play of the third quarter. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Brees completed a ten-yard throw to Henderson. On the next play however, dump off attempt by Brees was picked off by Falcons DE Chauncey Davis for a touchdown to put the Falcons in the lead for the first time.