The New Orleans Saints scored on their opening two possession as they grabbed a 14-3 halftime lead on the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday at the Caesars Superdome.
Quarterback Andy Dalton hit tight end Juwan Johnson with a 19-yard touchdown pass to cap off a 75-yard scoring drive on the team's opening possession. On the next possession, Taysom Hill threw a 68-yard bomb to rookie sensation Rashid Shaheed. The Saints (4-9) had another potential scoring drive wiped out by a fumble by backup running back David Johnson.
Dalton was seven of 11 for 95 yards and the touchdown while Hill completed two passes for 80 yards and ran three times for 22 yards. Running back Alvin Kamara had nine carries for 36 yards. Shaheed had two catches for 86 yards and the touchdown.
The Saints sacked Atlanta quarterback Desmond Ridder, making his first NFL start, once and held the Falcons offense in check. Ridder was four of 10 for 39 yards and the Falcons had 120 yards of offense in the half.
The Falcons played the game without veteran defensive coordinator Dean Peas. He was collided into during pregame warmups and had to be carted off the field and taken to University Medical Center for testing. The Falcons said that linebackers coach Frank Bush would call the defense.
Atlanta (5-8) will get the ball to start the second half.
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