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New Orleans Saints 17 Atlanta Falcons 20: Drew Brees throws late interception to hand Falcons victory despite three picks for Matt Ryan

WHAT HAVE DREW DONE?

Saints quarterback was intercepted on the final drive of a slugfest against their NFC South rivals. DREW BREES’ late interception handed the Falcons victory against their NFC South rivals in a slugfest in Atlanta. The Saints quarterback was picked off late in the fourth quarter by Deion Jones as he looked to throw a touchdown pass to Josh Hill.

 

Drew Brees' late interception cost the Saints a chance of victory in Atlanta

New Orleans were 20-17 behind when Brees tried to find his tight end for a go-ahead score, only to watch a Falcon defender grasp the pass.

Atlanta recovered from a seven-point deficit after three interceptions on three successive drives from their quarterback Matt Ryan. Falcons running back Devonta Freeman punched home the first touchdown of the game with a one-yard rush, but Brees’ 26-yard reception to Tommylee Lewis levelled the scores at 10-10 at half-time.

The Saints took the lead early in the third quarter when Brees found Michael Thomas on a one-yard touchdown pass to punish Ryan’s latest turnover.

 

Devonta Freeman rushes in Atlanta's first touchdown of the game

Thomas finished with 10 receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown, but it proved to be in a losing effort as Atlanta finished strong. Ryan threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to Mohamed Sanu in the fourth quarter before setting Matt Bryant up for a 52-yard field goal that gave them the lead with less than four minutes to play.


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Brees had one more chance to win it for the Saints at the Mercedes Benz Stadium, but threw straight to Falcons linebacker Jones. The win moved Atlanta (8-5) one game behind the division-leading Saints (9-4) with Carolina Panthers (8-4) joining a three-way fight in the NFC South.

 

Matt Ryan celebrates as the Falcons came from behind to win

“Our guys did a great job at focussing on what was ahead of them. “When Deion made that interception I was fired up. It was an awesome play. The defence came up huge.”

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