Saints Gameday Live Blog/Thread - Week 13 (Falcons Game)

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Saints Gameday Live Blog/Thread - Week 13 (Falcons Game)

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FIRST QUARTER

(15:00) (Shotgun) M.Ryan sacked at ATL 25 for 0 yards (M.Davenport). FUMBLES (M.Davenport) [M.Davenport], and recovers at ATL 25. M.Ryan to ATL 18 for -7 yards (D.Onyemata).

Marcus Davenport sacks Ryan on the first play of the game.

3 and OUT for Atlanta.  Saints get the football on the punt.  Deonte Harris.   Taysom Hill Blocks the PUNT!!!

(13:08) R.Allen punt is BLOCKED by T.Hill, Center-J.Harris, recovered by ATL-K.Smith at ATL 30.

(12:52) (Shotgun) D.Brees pass short right to M.Thomas to ATL 25 for 5 yards.

TOUCHDOWN TAYSOM HILL, PASS FROM DREW BREES

(11:12) (Shotgun) D.Brees pass short middle to T.Hill for 3 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

W.Lutz extra point is GOOD, Center-Z.Wood, Holder-T.Morstead.

Saints lead the Falcons

SAINTS - 7, FALCONS - 0

Saints force another 3 and OUT

(8:00) M.Ryan pass incomplete short left to C.Blake [C.Gardner-Johnson].

(7:45) W.Clapp reported in as eligible. L.Murray left tackle to NO 3 for 1 yard (G.Jarrett).

(7:05) D.Brees pass short middle to M.Thomas to NO 17 for 14 yards (D.Kazee).

106 receptions for Michael Thomas

(1:38) (Shotgun) M.Ryan pass incomplete deep right to C.Ridley [P.Williams]. PENALTY on NO-E.Apple, Defensive Pass Interference, 22 yards, enforced at NO 33 - No Play.

Eli Apple's penalty extends the Falcons drive.  This is a continuation of the penalties the Saints defense keeps making and allowing teams to keep drives alive.

END OF FIRST QUARTER - Saints lead the Falcons 7-0

(15:00) (Shotgun) M.Ryan pass incomplete short right to C.Blake.

Saints stop the Falcons drive on 4th down after Ryan misses the pass to Blake.

107 receptions for Michael Thomas

(14:17) A.Kamara right guard to NO 10 for no gain (G.Jarrett).

Pass Interference call on Eli Apple.  He is having difficulty covering Ridley.

(12:41) M.Ryan pass deep middle to J.Graham for 18 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

Y.Koo extra point is No Good, Wide Left, Center-J.Harris, Holder-R.Allen.

SAINTS LEAD 7 - 6 over the FALCONS

Apple did not have any solid technique on the two

Brees  and Favre only have over 10,000 passes.

(12:28) D.Brees pass short right to J.Cook to NO 35 for 16 yards (D.Campbell). FIRST DOWN

(10:22) (Shotgun) D.Brees pass short right to J.Cook pushed ob at ATL 10 for 40 yards (D.Kazee).

Big play by Jared Cook.   He is starting to prove to the Saints his value after being healthier than at the beginning of the season.

INJURY ALERT:  Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith was injured blocking on the Kamara rushing play.

Jared Cook drops the Touchdown Pass.  Just when we gave him cudos.  This is 4 point drop by Cook.  Brees delivered the football perfectly to Cook.

(9:09) W.Lutz 22 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-Z.Wood, Holder-T.Morstead.

SAINTS - 10, FALCONS - 6 after Lutz' FG

(4:01) Y.Koo 42 yard field goal is No Good, Wide Left, Center-J.Harris, Holder-R.Allen.

The Saints take over the football after Koo's missed FG.

TAYSOM HILL TOUCHDOWN!!!

(2:00) Direct snap to T.Hill. T.Hill right guard for 30 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

SAINTS - 17, FALCONS - 6

(:08) Y.Koo 45 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Harris, Holder-R.Allen.

SAINTS - 17, FALCONS - 9

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HALFTIME

Quick Six Points in the 1st Half:  

1.  Saints defense are still allowing opponents to extend drives because of penalties.   2.  Saints offense have been able to drive the football, but a key mistake by Cook dropping a Drew Brees pass.   Those 4 points are important for the Saints on the road.  3.  The Falcons kicker, Koo, missed a field goal and extra point attempt.  Critical 4 points.   4.  The Saints switched Lattimore to cover Ridley and Apple on Blake.  5.  Eli Apple is having problems on covering speedy receivers.  6.  The Saints will get the football first in the second-half.  If the Saints can score a touchdown, this will place pressure on the Falcons to pass more.  Watch New Orleans Safeties Marcus Williams and Vonn Bell, they can be key in the second-half.

Saints Offense vs Falcons - First Half

THIRD QUARTER

Big Penalty on #52 LB Craig Robertson on Harris' 54 yard Kick-off return.

(14:51) (Shotgun) D.Brees pass short right to M.Thomas to NO 15 for 6 yards (D.Trufant).

108 Reception for Michael Thomas

Kamara and Thomas drops the football on the drive.  The Saints fail to convert a 1st down.

(12:57) (Shotgun) D.Brees pass incomplete short middle to A.Kamara.

Marcus Davenport's second sack on Matt Ryan

J.T. Gray penalty on the punt return.  Another penalty by the Saints reducing their field position after a kick/punt.

Saints drive stalls and K Wil Lutz kicks a 47 yard FG

(5:59) W.Lutz 47 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-Z.Wood, Holder-T.Morstead.

SAINTS - 20, FALCONS -9

(1:58) M.Ryan pass short right intended for D.Freeman INTERCEPTED by S.Tuttle at NO 42. S.Tuttle to ATL 39 for 19 yards (D.Freeman). PENALTY on NO-C.Jordan, Illegal Block Above the Waist, 10 yards, enforced at ATL 39.

DT Shy Tuttle Intercepts Matt Ryan.  

Penalty on Cam Jordan brings the ball back to the 50 yard line.

Jared Cook drops another pass from Brees.  This is his second major drop in the game.  Cook is not focused on catching the pass tonight.

Two points, Cam Jordan's penalty takes the Saints out of field goal range as well as Cook's dropped pass.

End of 3rd Quarter

SAINTS - 20, FALCONS - 9

FOURTH QUARTER

Kiko Alonso is Questionable to return

CHAUNCEY GARDNER-JOHNSON INTERCEPTS MATT RYAN

CGJ is proving to have great instincts in the Saints secondary.  If he can limit the penalties, he may overtake P.J. Williams at the nickel spot for New Orleans.   He leads Williams and Robinson in Pass Breakups and just recorded an INT.  

Another dropped pass by a Saints receiver; minimum of 12 points not recorded by the drops.  Ginn and Cook.

(11:07) D.Brees pass incomplete deep right to T.Ginn.

Wil Lutz FG is Good

(10:19) W.Lutz 42 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-Z.Wood, Holder-T.Morstead.

SAINTS - 23, FALCONS - 9

Eli Apple's pass interference call is his third of the game.

(8:56) (Shotgun) M.Ryan scrambles right tackle to ATL 32 for 6 yards (M.Davenport). FUMBLES (M.Davenport), RECOVERED by NO-V.Bell at ATL 44. V.Bell to ATL 39 for 5 yards (B.Hill).

Davenport creates the Matty Ice fumble!!! Bell recovers the football.

The offense stalled again on 3rd down.  Payton throws a challenge for PI on Jones.  The Refs in New York disagreed.   Lutz kicks for the FG

(6:32) W.Lutz 45 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-Z.Wood, Holder-T.Morstead.

SAINTS - 26, FALCONS - 9

Gardner-Johnson injury.  Cramps in the calf-area.

Atlanta's stadium in almost empty of Falcons fans.

(3:31) (Shotgun) M.Ryan pass short left to R.Gage for 13 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

SAINTS - 26, FALCONS - 15

Falcons recovered the on-side kick.  Kamara made a poor attempt to recover to ball.

Falcons are driving down the field.

2:00 WARNING

Falcons allows Koo to kick the field goal.

SAINTS - 26, FALCONS - 18

Falcons recover another on-side kick and are in business to drive the football.

Jordan sacks Ryan.

1:23 - Falcons have 2 timeouts.  

1:19 - Illegal Hands to the Face call on Demario Davis.  1st down Falcons.

CAM JORDAN SACKS RYAN!!!  The Saints are the NFC South Champions!!!

Saints win 26-18!!!

The New Orleans Saints earned a playoff berth for 2019.

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