Third-quarter update: The Saints and the Falcons traded touchdowns in the period as the Saints enter the final period with a 20-17 lead.
Atlanta scored on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to Julio Jones which was set up by a 50-yard run by Steven Jackson.
New Orleans answered to regain the lead with a 7-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees to Jimmy Graham. Brees' second TD pass of the game gave him 100 games with multiple TD passes.
Key stats: Brees, 20 of 27 for 270 yards, 2 TDs; Pierre Thomas, nine carries for 43 yards. Falcons, Matt Ryan, 16 of 25 for 200 yards with 2 TDs; Steven Jackson 10 carries for 72 yards.