Division rivals are always close.
Saints win the toss and defer. Falcons start at the 25. Matt Ryan completes tp Todd Gurley for 4. Ryan to Calvin Ridley deep. Janoris Jenkins trips allowing the completion. Falcons at the Saints 26. Ryan completes for another 1st down. Gurley rushes for 2. Complete to Smith for 4. 3rd and 4. Gardner Johnson defends the pass in the endzone. Falcons settle for 3. Saints 0. Taysom time.
Deonte Harris returns to the 31. Alvin Kamara rushes for 6. Harris with the end around picks up the 1st to the Falcons 41. Hill is forced out of the pocket and picks up 4. Kamara rushes for 4. 3rd and 2. Hill tries to pass to Michael Thomas who draws the PI. 1st and 10 at the 23. Hill to Adam Trautman for the 1st and goal. Wildcat to Kamara picks up 3. 2nd and goal. Timeout Saints. Hill is nearly picked. 3rd and goal. Hill to Thomas who is blown up at the line of scrimmage. Will Lutz kicks the fieldgoal. 3 all.
Falcons start at the 25. Ryan is sacked just short of the line by Trey Hendrickson. Ryan to Julio Jones to the 42 and the 1st. Gurley rushes for 7. Gurley rushes for the 1st to the Saints 45. Hill rushes for 4. End of the 1st quarter. Ryan throws it away under pressure. 3rd and 6. Ryan dumps it off under pressure for a loss but a defensive holding penalty of Malcom Jenkins give them a 1st. Bad call in my opinion. Ryan under pressure again, incomplete. Gurley picks up 2. 3rd and 7 at the Saints 33. Ryan incomplete. Falcons’ fieldgoal attempt is good. 6-3 Falcons.
Marques Callaway is back to field the kick which goes out the endzone. Saints ball at the 25. Taysom Hill unloads under pressure, complete to Thomas for a big gain of 22 yards. Injury timeout Falcons. Hill complete to Thomas just short of the chains. Kamara picks up the 1st and more by a holding penalty on the Falcons that tacks on 5 more. Saints Ball at the Falcons 32. Hill throw a beautiful pass to Thomas who lets it go through his hands. Hill is sacked due to coverage. Screen incomplete to Kamara. Lutz attempts the 53 yard fieldgoal which hits the goal post. No good.
Harris is back to return and lets it go into the endzone. Saints ball at the 20. Murray rushes for a couple. Hill throws a dirt ball. Shades of Drew. Screen to Harris picks up a couple more. Saints punt.
Falcons ball at the 29. 3 yard gain on the toss to Bryan Hill. Gurley for a couple. 3rd and 5. Ryan to Russell Gauge for the 1st. Gauge again for another 1st. Falcons ball at the Saints 43. Injury timeout Saints, Gardner-Johnson. Rush for 3. Pass incomplete. Defended by Janoris Jenkins. Timeout Saints. 3rd and 7. Ryan incomplete. Fieldgoal attempt is good from 52. 9-3 Falcons.
Saints ball at the 20 after Harris unwisely decides to take it out. Hill scrambling completes to Thomas for another big gain. Kamara rushes for 7. Hill deep to Emanuel Sanders complete who then coughs it up but he was down by contact. Saints ball at the Falcons 14. Wildcat Kamara again picks up 2. Forced out Taysom picks up 2. Two minute warning. 3rd and 6. Hill to Jared Cook for the 1st. Under review. Ruling stands. 1st and goal. Kamara runs in for the TD. Extra point is good. 10-9 Saints.
Falcons ball at the 25, 1:46 to the half. Atlanta has 2 timeouts left. Complete to Ridley for 7. Saints timeout. Complete to Ridley again as Ryan is hit. Holding by the defense gives Atlanta 5 and a 1st, Ryan incomplete. Another defensive hold advances the Falcons 5 more. Complete for 8. Ryan is almost picked but Jenkins can’t hold on to it. 3rd and 2. Cameron Jordan gets another sack on Ryan. Falcons call a timeout with 3 seconds left. Marcus Williams picks it. A horsecollar penalty gives the Saints 15 yards from the end of the run. Payton declines the penalty. Halftime. 10-9 Saints.