First quarter

FALCONS: Mike Johnson 1 pass from Matt Ryan at 11:38 (Matt Bryant kick). DRIVE: 7 plays, 80 yards, 3:12. KEY PLAYS: Ryan 11-yard pass to Roddy White on third-and-10 at the Falcons’ 20. Tony Gonzalez 19-yard reception to midfield. Ryan 49-yard pass to White to Saints’ 1. Falcons 7, Saints 0.

FALCONS: Bryant 37 field goal at 9:19. DRIVE: 4-8-2:07. KEY PLAYS: Drive set up on Asante Samuel interception off Drew Brees on Saints’ first play from scrimmage. Saints cornerback Corey White forced field-goal attempt with tackle of Michael Turner for 1-yard loss on third-and-1. Falcons 10, Saints 0.

SAINTS: Chris Ivory 56 run at 6:49 (Garrett Hartley kick). DRIVE: 6-78-2:30. KEY PLAYS: Mark Ingram 8-yard run to the Saints’ 32. Ivory gets to the edge, cuts back and out-runs entire Falcons defense to end zone. Falcons 10, Saints 7.

Second quarter

SAINTS: Jimmy Graham 29 pass from Brees at 13:33 (Hartley kick). DRIVE: 11-90-5:23. KEY PLAYS: Brees 19-yard pass to Lance Moore to Saints’ 47. Brees-to-Moore 7-yard pass on third-and-4 to the Falcons’ 40. Saints 14, Falcons 10.

FALCONS: Gonzalez 2 pass from Ryan at 6:27 (Bryant kick). DRIVE: 14-80-7:06. KEY PLAYS: Ryan 12-yard pass to Gonzalez on third-and-7 at the Falcons’ 33. White 26-yard pass from Ryan to the Saints’ 15. Gonzalez 10-yard catch on third-and-6 at the Saints’ 11. Falcons 17, Saints 14.

Third quarter

SAINTS: Marques Colston 7 pass from Brees at 9:23 (Hartley kick). DRIVE: 7-81-3:31. KEY PLAYS: Brees 12-yard pass to Colston to start the drive. Moore makes a 29-yard one-handed catch to put the ball at the Atlanta 32. Ivory 13-yard catch and run to Falcons’ 13. Saints 28, Falcons 17.

Fourth quarter

FALCONS: Gonzalez 6 pass from Ryan at 13:27 (Bryant kick). DRIVE: 11-91-5:45. KEY PLAYS: Ryan 9-yard pass to Julio Jones on third-and-6 to the Falcons’ 32. Ryan 19-yard pass to Gonzalez to Saints’ 49. Ryan passes of 24 yards to Harry Douglas and 15 yards to Jacquizz Rodgers, the last one to the Saints’ 6. Saints 28, Falcons 24.

FALCONS: Bryant 20 field goal at 9:08. DRIVE: 6-67-2:42. KEY PLAY: Ryan 52-yard pass to Jones and 5-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Saints coaches for being out of the coaching box puts ball on the Saints’ 5. Saints 28, Falcons 27.

SAINTS: Hartley 31 field goal at 5:54. DRIVE: 9-67-3:14. KEY PLAYS: Brees 17-yard pass to Moore. Graham 46-yard reception to the Falcons’ 12. Saints 31, Falcons 27.

FINAL SCORE: Saints 31, Falcons 27.

RECORDS: Saints 4-5, Falcons 8-1.


Sheldon Mickles