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Saints bungle the clock at the end of the first half

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An entertaining first half in Atlanta ended with the Saints wishing they could buy another timeout.

After the Falcons jumped out to an early 17-0 lead, the Saints’ offense began to turn things around. Drew Brees engineered an outstanding 11-play, 80-yard drive that ended with Mark Ingram scoring on a one-yard touchdown run, and the Saints cut the deficit to 17-7. Then New Orleans got the ball again late in the second quarter, and began marching down the field again, and had second-and-goal at the 5-yard line with a few seconds left in the half.

Unfortunately, Brees threw to Darren Sproles in the middle of the field, and Sproles was tackled inbounds, and the Saints were out of timeouts, and they couldn’t stop the clock. The half ended with the Saints desperately trying to line up to spike the ball to stop the clock. New Orleans easily could have cut the deficit to 17-14 or at least 17-10 before halftime, but instead it’s 17-7.

Part of the reason the Saints’ offense is moving so well is that the Falcons have lost cornerback Asante Samuel, who appeared to aggravate the same shoulder injury that had him listed as questionable for tonight’s game. Without Samuel, the Saints’ offense should continue to move the ball well in the second half. But if this game comes down to the final seconds, the Saints would be wise to save a timeout.

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17 Responses to “Saints bungle the clock at the end of the first half”
  1. caseyanthonymunoz says: Nov 29, 2012 10:06 PM

    The ego on Brees caused that crapfest at the end of the first half. They could have taken the FG but Mr Selfish would kill just to keep that stupid, phony TD streak of his alive.

  2. bobulated says: Nov 29, 2012 10:10 PM

    Saints take a big ol’ steaming “Andy Reid” on the 2 yard line.

  3. basballguy says: Nov 29, 2012 10:11 PM

    really, you chose bungle?

  4. cinvis says: Nov 29, 2012 10:12 PM

    OMG!!!!

    My MOM knows not to throw that checkdown in the middle of the field with 10 seconds left before the half. Drew Brees is the most overrated player in the history of the NFL! lmao

    I hope they lose by 3 points.

  5. logicalvoicesays says: Nov 29, 2012 10:13 PM

    NFC South football, where ZzZzZzZz, happens.

  6. numberonesteelersfan says: Nov 29, 2012 10:14 PM

    a couple weeks ago it looked very likely that the saints would make the playoffs. now it isnt looking good for them

  7. richwizl says: Nov 29, 2012 10:26 PM

    Saints are going to win this game; Bree’s looks way better than Ryan.

  8. nkmho says: Nov 29, 2012 10:37 PM

    Took a page out of Flacco’s playbook with that check down.

  9. mess1109 says: Nov 29, 2012 10:45 PM

    The more I watch the falcons, the more I realize how overrated they really are. Hope the Giants see them in the playoffs so we can spank em like last year.

  10. hitit49 says: Nov 29, 2012 10:49 PM

    Brees the next Vick

  11. briang123 says: Nov 29, 2012 11:17 PM

    Of course he did. He can’t rest until he continues that streak that no one except him and TV talking heads cares about.

  12. mrcogburn says: Nov 29, 2012 11:23 PM

    Nancy Drew Brees is not the QB he used to be. But he remains just as arrogant.

  13. kingpel says: Nov 29, 2012 11:28 PM

    Brees is desperate to keep that streak alive.

  14. dgrowe213 says: Nov 29, 2012 11:38 PM

    I remember two weeks ago when Saints fan were flaming Falcons posts about Ryan’s 5 INTs….

    One more egg was thrown tonight… in Drew Brees’ TD column.

  15. the1bigbird says: Nov 30, 2012 1:03 AM

    Breeze had some major egg on his face with that one.

  16. eventhorizon04 says: Nov 30, 2012 1:16 AM

    ‎”That was some great clock management before halftime by the Saints.” – Les Miles and Andy Reid

    (Credit to Faux John Madden Twitter account)

  17. iwantrudytodressforme says: Nov 30, 2012 6:26 AM

    bobulated says:
    Nov 29, 2012 10:10 PM
    Saints take a big ol’ steaming “Andy Reid” on the 2 yard line.

     I’m a die hard Philly fan, and that made me laugh so hard I had to wipe tears away. Hilarious.

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