Falcons send Saints to 0-3 with 45-32 victory

Tue Sep 27, 2016 12:27am EDT
 
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(The Sports Xchange) - Matt Ryan threw two touchdown passes, Tevin Coleman ran for three and linebacker Deion Jones returned an interception 90 yards to power the Atlanta Falcons to a 45-32 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Monday.

The Falcons (2-1) scored touchdowns on five consecutive possessions and added a field goal on their sixth drive to build a 38-25 lead late in the third quarter.

Then with the Saints moving into position to cut the deficit to six, Brian Poole jumped a slant route and deflected Drew Brees' pass intended for Michael Thomas.

The ball bounced high into the air and Jones, who played his high school ball in New Orleans, raced 90 yards for a score, putting the Falcons up 45-25 with 13:37 left.

Before that play, Brees had thrown 305 passes without an interception, the fourth-longest streak in NFL history behind Tom Brady (359), Alex Smith (312) and Bernie Kosar (308).

New Orleans (0-3) closed the gap to 45-32 with a 5-yard swing pass to Mark Ingram with 10 minutes left.

Ryan finished 20 of 30 for 240 yards. Devonta Freeman led Atlanta with 152 yards on 14 carries.

Brees had to throw 54 times, completing 36, for 376 yards and three touchdowns.

The Falcons marched to four consecutive touchdowns in the first half to grab a 28-17 halftime lead.   Continued...

 
Sep 26, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) makes a throw against the New Orleans Saints in the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports