John Kasay kicked a 26-yard field goal with 8:25 left in overtime Sunday, lifting New Orleans to a 26-23 win over Atlanta at the Georgia Dome in a battle for the NFC South lead.
The winning field goal was set up when Atlanta chose to go for it on fourth-and-inches at its own 29 yard line and running back Michael Turner was stuffed for no gain by Shaun Rogers and Will Smith.
New Orleans picked up one first down before Kasay entered the game and hit his fourth field goal. The first three were all from beyond 40 yards.
The winner gave New Orleans (7-3) sole possesion of the NFC South lead. The Saints and Falcons (5-4) will play again Dec. 26 in New Orleans.
New Oleans blew a 23-13 fourth quarter lead and Atlanta drove 86 yards without a timeout in the final 1:55 of regulation to tie it at 23-23 on Matt Bryant's 27-yard field goal on the last play of regulation.
The first two plays of the tying drive were both 23-yard pass from Matt Ryan to slot receiver Harry Douglas, both passes where Douglas was was left uncovered by the blitzing Saints.
Drew Brees completed 30 of 43 passes for 322 yards and touchdowns of 21 yards to Jimmy Graham and 33 yards to Robert Meacham. Marques Colston led the Saints with 8 catches for 113 yards.
Ryan completed 29 of 52 passes for 351 yards and two touchdowns and an interception. Douglas caught eight passes for 133 yards and Turner rushed for 96 yards on 22 carries.