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Falcons run over Saints early

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The Falcons’ early offensive approach to taking on the Saints’ defense is simple Run it right down their throats.

On Thursday night in Atlanta, the Falcons’ opening drive consisted of just one pass (a nine-yard completion from Matt Ryan to Tony Gonzalez), with five runs: A 35-yard run by Michael Turner, a five-yard run by Turner, a pair of 14-yard runs by Jacquizz Rodgers, and then back to Turner for a three-yard touchdown.

When the Saints beat the Falcons for Atlanta’s only loss of the season so far, the Falcons managed just 46 yards on 18 carries for the entire game. On Thursday night, Atlanta got 71 yards on five carries on just the first drive.

The Saints’ first possession ended when Drew Brees threw a deep ball into the end zone that Atlanta’s Thomas DeCoud intercepted. Now the Saints’ defense is going to have to step up its tackling, or the Falcons could run away with it.

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15 Responses to “Falcons run over Saints early”
  1. norcal031 says: Nov 29, 2012 8:46 PM

    It would have been nice to hear the TD call. The first Thursday nite game that’s actually watchable from a non football junkie standpoint and the sound is out? What am I watching a Sacramento Kings game??????

  2. stampnhawk says: Nov 29, 2012 8:48 PM

    Looks like the Falcons have cracked the Saints defensive shell and Brees’ turned it over-easy.

  3. tdrundmc says: Nov 29, 2012 8:54 PM

    Mike Mayock is awful.

  4. grendelg says: Nov 29, 2012 8:59 PM

    The sound was on for me, but yeah, Mayock is awful.

  5. logicalvoicesays says: Nov 29, 2012 9:02 PM

    What’s the score? You can’t expect a guy who watches a great team like the Washington Redskins to actually take 5 seconds to watch two teams from the NFC South attempt to play football.

  6. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 29, 2012 9:12 PM

    Mayock is GREAT.

  7. gtodriver says: Nov 29, 2012 9:16 PM

    Sure is a good thing the Saints* don’t consider the Falcons to be their rivals.

    Because it sure would suck to get punked by you rival like they are right now…

  8. ghjjf says: Nov 29, 2012 9:20 PM

    Drew Brees demands an explanation.

  9. b1unt3d says: Nov 29, 2012 9:25 PM

    So.. how ’bout them Saints?

  10. seenoland54 says: Nov 29, 2012 9:29 PM

    17 zip…yeah Breeze, this is your division alright.

  11. cinvis says: Nov 29, 2012 9:37 PM

    Brees is awful. He throws 4 should-have-been-picked balls a game and the media thinks he’s great. His ‘great’ year last season, he threw 27 passes that hit defenders in the chest and were dropped. Thats a near statistical impossibility. (in case anyone wants to comment that every QB has dropped picks, ARod had 0 dropped picks last year, ASmith had 1.)
    Brees gave away last weeks game and he’s doing it again.

  12. bearnmind says: Nov 29, 2012 9:42 PM

    As a Saints fan, its not a fun game to watch so far; however, i just remind myself that we won the first one and that was a sweet one.

  13. ninthwardfriend says: Nov 29, 2012 9:55 PM

    Everyone shut up and stay tuned..

  14. richwizl says: Nov 29, 2012 10:36 PM

    Off to a good start, but it won’t last. Saints too good for them.

  15. the1bigbird says: Nov 30, 2012 1:01 AM

    Falcons are about to sweep the East

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