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Madden 17 Simulation: New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons

We fired up Madden 17 to help preview our clash in Atlanta.

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Story by Brad Friedman*

The New Orleans Saints found themselves swimming upstream for most of this week's Madden 17 simulation.

After the Atlanta Falcons sprinted out to a 14-0 in the first, the Saints never fully recovered, eventually leading to a 31-17 loss.

Both of Atlanta's first quarter scoring drives, with a Drew Brees interception sandwiched in-between them, concluded with Aldrick Robinson receiving touchdowns. They came from 43 and seven yards out, contributing to his six-catch, 106-yard game.

New Orleans cut Atlanta's lead to four in the second. A seven-play drive to open the quarter ended with Drew Brees finding Willie Snead from 11 yards out. After an Atlanta three-and-out, another lengthy drive resulted in a Wil Lutz 40-yard field goal. New Orleans carried momentum into the locker room, but it was quickly lost on the other side of the break.

A Mark Ingram fumble on New Orleans's opening drive gifted Atlanta prime field position and it took advantage. Matt Ryan launched his third touchdown of the game, a 24-yard strike to Julio Jones, to grow Atlanta's lead. Matt Bryant then booted a 30-yard field goal to put Atlanta ahead 24-10.

New Orleans responded quickly when Willie Snead caught his second touchdown, a 15-yarder, but Devonta Freeman's 3-yard touchdown quickly extinguished New Orleans's touchdown hopes.

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