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Saints Fall to Falcons, 23-13

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 11/30/2012 – 4:40 am

The New Orleans Saints (5-7) fell to the Atlanta Falcons (11-1) 23-13 at the Georgia Dome Thursday night.

The Saints will play another game on the road next weekend as they will face the New York Giants on December 9th.

“I take full responsibility for this loss,” Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Coach Joe Vitt said after the game. “I didn’t do a good job of preparing our football team to come in here and get the job done. We will go back to work tomorrow. The future as far as the playoffs go looks bleak right now but we are still going to work to get better every day. That is our responsibilities as coaches and that’s what we will do.”

QB Drew Brees’ NFL-record streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass came to an end at 54 Thursday night. Brees completed 28 of 50 attempts for 341 yards and a career-high five interceptions.

RB Pierre Thomas carried the football 14 times for 84 yards (6.0 avg.) and RB Mark Ingram was able to carry the ball into the endzone in the second quarter.

WR Lance Moore hauled in seven passes for 123 yards (17.6 avg.) while WR Marques Colston added 71 yards on six catches.

LB Curtis Lofton led the team in tackles with eight (four solo) and DE Cameron Jordan added five stops (four solo) and a sack for a loss of six yards.

The Saints outgained the Falcons 436-283 and picked up nine more first downs than Atlanta. The black and gold defense was able to hold to the Falcons to just 1-11 on third down but the Falcons won the turnover battle 5-1.

Atlanta began the contest between NFC South opponents with the football and was able to move down the field for a touchdown on the game’s opening possession.

RB Michael Turner was able to break away on a run for 35 yards while RB Jacquizz Rodgers was able to pick up 28 yards on two carries. Turner capped off the 80-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown run and K Matt Bryant added the extra point to give the Falcons an early 7-0 lead.

After a touchback, Brees and the Saints offense took the field for the first time of the day. Brees was able to move the ball into Atlanta territory but a second down strike intended for Colston was intercepted in the endzone by S Thomas DeCoud.

At the end of the first quarter, Atlanta took possession of the ball inside New Orleans territory after a solid punt return. QB Matt Ryan was able to connect on all four of his attempts and hit TE Tony Gonzalez in the back of the endzone for a 17-yard touchdown pass. Bryant added on the PAT to increase Atlanta’s lead to 14-0 at the start of the second quarter.

After the Saints defense forced a three-and-out, Brees dropped back to attempt a play action pass on first down. The ball, intended for RB Chris Ivory, was tipped and intercepted by LB Sean Weatherspoon. The Falcons offense couldn’t move the chains and Bryant made a 45-yard field goal to give Atlanta a 17-0 advantage.

The Saints were able to pick up some offensive rhythm on their next possession as Brees connected on three first downs through the air including a 32-yard completion to Moore who made a great catch in the middle of the field. Ingram capped off the drive with a one-yard touchdown run and K Garrett Hartley made the extra point to bring the score to 17-7 with less than four minutes remaining in the first half.

After forcing an Atlanta three-and-out, aided by a sack of Ryan by Jordan for a loss of six yards, the Saints received the ball with less than three minutes on the clock. Brees completed five of six passes for 78 yards but time expired in the first half to stop the Saints drive at the Atlanta three-yard line.

The Saints received the football to start the second half. The black and gold picked up six first downs on a 15-play drive that set up a 21-yard field goal by Hartley that brought the game within one touchdown.

After forcing another Falcons three-and-out, Thomas was able to gain 24 yards on the ground to set up Hartley’s second field goal attempt of the game. Hartley made the 52-yard try and brought the score to 17-13.

Brees then threw his third interception of the game toward the end of the third quarter as S William Moore was able to pick off a pass intended for WR Devery Henderson and returned it 16 yards the other way.

Ryan then connected on two deep passes to Gonzalez and WR Roddy White for first downs before the Saints defense tightened up in the red zone. The Falcons were held to a field goal and Bryant made a 29-yard attempt to increase the Atlanta lead to 20-13.

Late in the fourth quarter, Bryant added a 55-yard field goal with 4:25 remaining to increase the Falcons lead to 10 points.

With one last chance, Brees was pressured by DE Kroy Biermann and his throw was intercepted by DT Jonathan Babineaux with 3:39 remaining in the game.

Then, on the next play, Turner carried for six yards but was stripped. The fumble was recovered by S Rafael Bush.

Inside the two-minute warning, Brees was intercepted by Moore on a deep pass intended for Colston. Atlanta was able to run out clock to give the Falcons a 23-13 win.


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Saints Trail Falcons, 17-13, to Start 4th Quarter

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 11/30/2012 – 3:53 am

The Saints have out-gained the Falcons 364-224 yards and have scored 13 consecutive points since the second quarter. Brees has thrown for 264 yards but the Saints still trail the Falcons, 17-13.

Atlanta began the contest between NFC South opponents with the football and was able to move down the field for a touchdown on the game’s opening possession.

RB Michael Turner was able to break away on a run for 35 yards while RB Jacquizz Rodgers was able to pick up 28 yards on two carries. Turner capped off the 80-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown run and K Matt Bryant added the extra point to give the Falcons an early 7-0 lead.

After a touchback, QB Drew Brees and the Saints offense took the field for the first time of the day. Brees was able to move the ball into Atlanta territory but a second down strike intended for WR Marques Colston was intercepted in the endzone by S Thomas DeCoud.

At the end of the first quarter, Atlanta took possession of the ball inside New Orleans territory after a solid punt return. QB Matt Ryan was able to connect on all four of his attempts and hit TE Tony Gonzalez in the back of the endzone for a 17-yard touchdown pass. Bryant added on the PAT to increase Atlanta’s lead to 14-0 at the start of the second quarter.

After the Saints defense forced a three-and-out, Brees dropped back to attempt a play action pass on first down. The ball, intended for RB Chris Ivory, was tipped and intercepted by LB Sean Weatherspoon. The Falcons offense couldn’t move the chains and Bryant made a 45-yard field goal to give Atlanta a 17-0 advantage.

The Saints were able to pick up some offensive rhythm on their next possession as Brees was able to pick up three first downs through the air including a 32-yard completion to WR Lance Moore who made a great catch in the middle of the field. RB Mark Ingram capped off the drive with a one-yard touchdown run and K Garrett Hartley made the extra point to bring the score to 17-7 with under four minutes remaining in the first half.

After forcing an Atlanta three-and-out, aided by a sack of Ryan by DE Cameron Jordan for a loss of six yards, the Saints received the ball with less than three minutes on the clock. Brees completed five of six passes for 78 yards but time expired in the first half to stop the Saints drive at the Atlanta three-yard line.

The Saints received the football to start the second half. The black and gold picked up six first downs on a 15-play drive that set up a 21-yard field goal by Hartley that brought the game within one touchdown.

After forcing another Falcons three-and-out, RB Pierre Thomas was able to gain 24 yards on the ground to set up another field goal attempt by Hartley. Hartley made the 52-yard try and brought the score to 17-13.


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Saints Trail Falcons at Halftime, 17-7

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 11/30/2012 – 3:01 am

QB Drew Brees has passed for 197 yards in the first half and RB Mark Ingram carried the ball in for a score as the Saints trail the Falcons 17-7 at halftime.

Atlanta began the contest between NFC South opponents with the football and was able to move down the field for a touchdown on the game’s opening possession.

RB Michael Turner was able to break away on a run for 35 yards while RB Jacquizz Rodgers was able to pick up 28 yards on two carries. Turner capped off the 80-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown run and K Matt Bryant added the extra point to give the Falcons an early 7-0 lead.

After a touchback, Brees and the Saints offense took the field for the first time of the day. Brees was able to move the ball into Atlanta territory but a second down strike intended for WR Marques Colston was intercepted in the endzone by S Thomas DeCoud.

At the end of the first quarter, Atlanta took possession of the ball inside New Orleans territory after a solid punt return. QB Matt Ryan was able to connect on all four of his attempts and hit TE Tony Gonzalez in the back of the endzone for a 17-yard touchdown pass. Bryant added on the PAT to increase Atlanta’s lead to 14-0 at the start of the second quarter.

After the Saints defense forced a three-and-out, Brees dropped back to attempt a play action pass on first down. The ball, intended for RB Chris Ivory, was tipped and intercepted by LB Sean Weatherspoon. The Falcons offense couldn’t move the chains and Bryant made a 45-yard field goal to give Atlanta a 17-0 advantage.

The Saints were able to pick up some offensive rhythm on their next possession as Brees was able to pick up three first downs through the air including a 32-yard completion to WR Lance Moore who made a great catch in the middle of the field.  Ingram capped off the drive with a one-yard touchdown run and K Garrett Hartley made the extra point to bring the score to 17-7 with under four minutes remaining in the first half.

After forcing an Atlanta three-and-out, aided by a sack of Ryan by DE Cameron Jordan for a loss of six yards, the Saints received the ball with less than three minutes on the clock. Brees completed five of six passes for 78 yards but time expired in the first half to stop the Saints drive at the Atlanta three-yard line.


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Saints Trail Falcons, 7-0, After First Quarter

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 11/30/2012 – 2:08 am

QB Drew Brees has thrown for 55 yards in the first quarter as the Saints trail the Falcons 7-0.

Atlanta began the contest between NFC South opponents with the football and was able to move down the field for a touchdown on the game’s opening possession.

RB Michael Turner was able to break away on a run for 35 yards while RB Jacquizz Rodgers was able to pick up 28 yards on two carries. Turner capped off the 80-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown run and K Matt Bryant added the extra point to give the Falcons an early 7-0 lead.

After a touchback, Brees and the Saints offense took the field for the first time of the day. Brees was able to move the ball into Atlanta territory but a second down strike intended for WR Marques Colston was intercepted in the endzone by S Thomas DeCoud.

The team traded punts for the remainder of the first quarter.


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New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons Inactives:

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 11/30/2012 – 12:08 am

New Orleans Saints Inactives: 

T Charles Brown
DE Junior Galette
S Isa Abdul-Quddus
WR Courtney Roby
DT Tom Johnson
TE David Thomas
LB Scott Shanle

Atlanta Falcons Inactives:

QB Dominique Davis
WR Tim Toone
S Charles Mitchell
G Phillipkeith Manley
G Harland Gunn
DE Lawrence Sidbury
DT Peria Jerry


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New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons Wednesday Injury Report

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 11/28/2012 – 8:57 pm

New Orleans Saints Wednesday Injury Report 

Did Not Practice – Game Status
T Charles Brown (Knee) – OUT
DE Junior Galette (Ankle) – OUT
S Isa Abdul-Quddus (Concussion) – OUT
WR Courtney Roby (Shoulder/Ankle) – OUT
DT Tom Johnson (Back) – OUT

Limited – Game Status
T Zach Strief (Groin) – Questionable
CB Corey White (Knee) – Questionable
TE David Thomas (Knee) – Questionable

Full
CB Elbert Mack (Concussion) – Probable

Atlanta Falcons Wednesday Injury Report

Did Not Practice – Game Status
DT Peria Jerry (Quad) – Questionable
CB Asante Samuel (Shoulder) – Questionable

Limited – Game Status
DB Dunta Robinson (Illness) – Probable
T Sam Baker (Groin) – Probable
WR Kevin Cone (Groin) – Probable
WR Harry Douglas (Ankle) – Probale
S Charles Mitchell (Calf) – Probable
LB Stephen Nicholas (Knee) – Probable
TE Michael Palmer (Back) – Probable
DT Vance Walker (Ribs) – Probable
LB Sean Weatherspoon (Ankle) – Probable


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New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons Tuesday Injury Report

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 11/27/2012 – 6:42 pm

New Orleans Saints Tuesday Injury Repor

OUT
T Bryce Harris (Ankle)

Did Not Practice
T Charles Brown (Knee)
DE Junior Galette (Ankle)
S Isa Abdul-Quddus (Concussion)
TE David Thomas (Knee)
WR Courtney Roby (Shoulder/Ankle)
DT Tom Johnson (Back)

Limited
T Zach Strief (Groin)
CB Corey White (Knee)

Full
CB Elbert Mack (Concussion)

Atlanta Falcons Tuesday Injury Report

Did Not Practice
DT Peria Jerry (Quad)
CB Asante Samuel (Shoulder)
DB Dunta Robinson (Illness)

Limited
T Sam Baker (Groin)
WR Kevin Cone (Groin)
WR Harry Douglas (Ankle)
S Charles Mitchell (Calf)
LB Stephen Nicholas (Knee)
TE Michael Palmer (Back)
DT Vance Walker (Ribs)
LB Sean Weatherspoon (Ankle)


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New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons Monday Injury Report

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 11/26/2012 – 4:32 am

New Orleans Saints Monday Injury Report 
Did Not Practice
T Charles Brown (Knee)
DE Junior Galette (Ankle)
S Isa Abdul-Quddus (Concussion)
TE David Thomas (Knee)
T Bryce Harris (Ankle)
WR Courtney Roby (Shoulder/Ankle)

Limited
T Zach Strief (Groin)
CB Corey White (Knee)

Full
CB Elbert Mack (Concussion)

*The New Orleans Saints did not practice on Monday, November 26. The listed players above are an estimation of the players’ practice availability.
Atlanta Falcons Monday Injury Report

Did Not Practice
DT Peria Jerry (Quad)
CB Asante Samuel (Shoulder)

Limited
T Sam Baker (Groin)
WR Kevin Cone (Groin )
WR Harry Douglas (Ankle)
S Charles Mitchell (Calf)
LB Stephen Nicholas (Knee)
TE Michael Palmer (Back)
DT Vance Walker (Ribs)
LB Sean Weatherspoon (Ankle)


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San Francisco 49ers defeat New Orleans Saints, 31-21

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 11/26/2012 – 12:48 am

The San Francisco 49ers (8-2-1) snapped the New Orleans Saints (5-6) three-game winning streak and 15-game winning streak in November contests, with a 31-21 win at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday.

The Saints have a short recovery time as they travel to face their NFC South rival the Atlanta Falcons (10-1) this Thursday at the Georgia Dome.

“I share in our football team’s disappointment and it starts with me,” said Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Joe Vitt. “I didn’t coach well enough to win today.”

The 49ers outgained the Saints in net yards with a 375-290 advantage, including a 144-59 lead in net rushing yards.

WR Marques Colston became the Saints career touchdown leader with his 56th career score on a 10-yard touchdown strike from QB Drew Brees in the second quarter. Colston’s score broke a tie with former Saints RB Deuce McAllister.

Brees completed 26 of 41 attempts for 267 yards including three touchdowns and two interceptions.

RB Chris Ivory led the Saints in rushing with 34 yards on eight carries.

RB Darren Sproles led the Saints in receptions (7) and receiving yards (65) in his first game back after missing three contests due to a hand injury.

LB Curtis Lofton led the Saints in tackles with nine (four solo). S Malcolm Jenkins added seven tackles (four solo) and a blocked field goal.

Both defenses started strong as neither team was able to pick up a first down until midway through the first quarter.

The 49ers were able to move into scoring position following two completions to WR Mario Manningham from QB Colin Kaepernick for 53 yards. Kaepernick then faked a handoff before and scrambled for seven yards and a San Francisco touchdown. K David Akers added the extra point to give the 49ers a 7-0 advantage with 7:28 left in the first quarter.

Brees and the Saints offense answered right back as Brees completed five consecutive passes on a 10-play, 79-yard drive scoring drive. Brees connected with WR Joe Morgan for a 33-yard gain on a play action pass and RB Mark Ingram carried four times to help move the Saints into scoring position.

Brees then found TE David Thomas for a six-yard touchdown pass, extending his NFL-record steak of games with a touchdown pass to 54. K Garrett Hartley made the PAT to tie the game, 7-7, at the end of the first quarter.

After the New Orleans defense forced a 49ers punt to start the second quarter, the Saints were able capitalize on the first turnover of the game.

After moving the ball past mid-field, the Saints were forced to punt following a penalty. WR Ted Ginn Jr. couldn’t hold on to the punt and fumbled the football. S Rafael Bush recovered the ball on the San Francisco 11-yard line to put the Saints offense in striking distance.

After a one-yard completion to RB Darren Sproles, Brees found Colston in the endzone for a 10-yard touchdown, giving the “Quiet Storm” the Saints career touchdown mark. Hartley added the PAT to give the black and gold a 14-7 edge halfway through the second quarter.

At the end of the quarter, inside the two-minute warning, Kaepernick was intercepted by CB Patrick Robinson. Two plays later, Brees was intercepted by LB Ahmad Brooks who returned the ball 50 yards for a touchdown. The play tied the score, 14-14, at halftime.

The 49ers were able to come up with a pair of big plays to open the second half that moved them down into New Orleans territory. Kaepernick completed a pass to TE Delanie Walker for a gain of 45 yards before RB Kendall Hunter was able to break away for a 21-yard gain on the ground.

Kaepernick then completed a six-yard TD pass to RB Frank Gore and Akers added the extra point to give San Francisco a 21-14 lead.

After Brees was sacked for a loss of eight yards on first down by DE Justin Smith, he looked deep over the middle for Colston on second down. The pass was intercepted by S Donte Whitner and returned 42 yards the other way for a 49ers touchdown. Akers made the PAT and increased the San Francisco lead to 14 points.

Following a touchback on the kickoff, the Saints offense went 80 yards on eight plays. Ivory rushed for 23 yards and Brees found WR Lance Moore for a 43-yard gain through the air. After a San Francisco penalty moved them closer to the endzone, Brees connected with FB Jed Collins on a two-yard touchdown pass. Hartley made the extra point to bring the score to 28-21 at mid-point of the third quarter.

San Francisco then put together a 16-play drive that went 85 yards down the field over 7:50. The Saints defense held strong in the red zone and the 49ers were forced to kick a field goal. Akers made a 27-yard field goal to give the 49ers a 31-21 lead.

On the next drive, on fourth-and-11 on the Saints 36-yard line, Brees tried to connect with Morgan on the left side but the pass fell incomplete, giving the 49ers the ball.

The 49ers were not able to capitalize on the turnover on downs as Akers missed on a 50-yard field goal attempt.

The Saints drove to the 45-yard line where they fell short on another fourth down attempt as a Brees’ pass to Moore fell incomplete on fourth-and-four.

The 49ers took over and drove all the way to the New Orleans 15-yard line where Jenkins blocked an Akers 33-yard field goal attempt.

The Saints were not able to add any more points on their final drive as they fell 31-21.


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Saints Trail 49ers, 28-21, to Start 4th Quarter

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 11/25/2012 – 11:53 pm

QB Drew Brees has completed 18 of 28 attempts for 177 yards and three touchdowns but the 49ers scored twice in the third quarter to give San Francisco a 28-14 advantage to start the fourth quarter.

Both defenses started strong as neither team was able to pick up a first down until mid-way through the first quarter.

The 49ers were able to move into scoring position following two completions to WR Mario Manningham from QB Colin Kaepernick for 53 yards. Kaepernick then faked a handoff before taking the ball seven yards into the endzone for a San Francisco touchdown. K David Akers added the extra point to give the 49ers a 7-0 advantage.

Brees and the Saints offense answered right back as Brees completed five consecutive passes on a 10 play, 79-yard drive scoring drive. Brees connected with WR Joe Morgan for a 33-yard gain on a play action pass and RB Mark Ingram carried four times to help move the Saints into scoring position. Brees then found TE David Thomas for a six-yard touchdown pass, extending his NFL-record steak of games with a touchdown pass to 54. K Garrett Hartley made the PAT to tie the game, 7-7, at the end of the first quarter.

After the New Orleans defense forced a 49ers punt to start the second quarter, the Saints were able capitalize on the first turnover of the game. After moving the ball past mid-field, the Saints were forced to punt following a penalty. WR Ted Ginn Jr. couldn’t hold on to the punt and fumbled the football. S Rafael Bush recovered the ball on the San Francisco 11-yard line to put the Saints offense in striking distance.

After a one-yard completion to RB Darren Sproles, Brees found WR Marques Colston in the endzone for a 10-yard touchdown. The reception gave Colston his 56th career touchdown and sole possession of first place on the club’s all-time list ahead of former RB Deuce McAllister (55). Hartley added the PAT to give the black and gold a 14-7 edge halfway through the second quarter.

At the end of the quarter inside the two-minute warning, Kaepernick was intercepted by CB Patrick Robinson. Two plays later, Brees was intercepted by LB Ahmad Brooks who returned the ball 50 yards for a touchdown. The play tied the score, 14-14, at halftime.

The 49ers were able to come up with a pair of big plays that moved them down into New Orleans territory to start the third quarter. Kaepernick completed a pass to TE Delanie Walker for a gain of 45 yards before RB Kendall Hunter was able to break away for a 21-yard gain on the ground. Kaepernick then completed a six-yard TD pass to RB Frank Gore and Akers added the extra point to give San Francisco a 21-14 lead.

After Brees was sacked for a loss of eight yards on first down by DE Justin Smith, he looked deep over the middle for Colston on second down. The pass was intercepted by S Donte Whitner and returned 42 yards the other way for a 49ers touchdown. Akers made the PAT and increased the San Francisco lead to 14 points.

Following a touchback on the kickoff, the Saints offense went 80 yards on eight plays. RB Chris Ivory rushed for 23 yards and Brees found WR Lance Moore for a 43-yard gain through the air. After a San Francisco penalty moved them closer to the endzone, Brees connected with FB Jed Collins on a two-yard touchdown pass. Hartley made the extra point to bring the score to 28-21 at mid-point of the third quarter.


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