Crazy end to first half as Saints-Falcons deadlocked 10-10


First, it appeared the Falcons would go into the locker room with the lead. Then, it appeared the Saints were headed to a halftime lead. But after a crazy final few seconds, the teams are deadlocked 10-10 at the half.

Atlanta drove from its own 32 to the Saints 42. With 14 seconds left, Matt Ryan tried to hit Julio Jones and Marshon Lattimore picked it. The rookie corner nearly had a pick-six, but Jones made the tackle after a 33-yard return to the Atlanta 29. Jones was not happy as he headed to the sideline, yelling toward the Falcons bench.

With four seconds remaining, the Saints immediately lined up for a field goal. Wil Lutz‘s 47-yard field goal was good, but Josh LeRibeus was flagged for an illegal formation. The Saints guard lined up too far behind the line of scrimmage. Because time ran out, the teams headed to the locker room tied.

Saints coach Sean Payton gave officials an earful as they left the field.

The Saints lost running back Alvin Kamara, who will not return after being diagnosed with a concussion on the team’s first series. They also have had safety Kenny Vaccaro (groin), defensive end Trey Hendrickson (left ankle), guard Senio Kelemete (concussion), wide receiver Michael Thomas (unknown), linebacker A.J. Klein (groin) and tight end Josh Hill (unknown) leave to be examined during the first half. At one point, according to the multiple tweets, the Saints didn’t have enough doctors as players waited to get into the blue tent.

Kelemete will not return.

Drew Brees completed 14 of 17 for 154 yards and a 26-yard touchdown pass to Tommylee Lewis, who become the 60th player to catch a touchdown pass from Brees. Thomas has five catches for 58 yards. Mark Ingram has eight catches for 33 yards.

Ryan went 9-of-16 for 132 yards and a pick. Jones has three catches for 65 yards.

10 responses to “Crazy end to first half as Saints-Falcons deadlocked 10-10

  1. It will be so delicious that the fragile ego Falcons were to be eliminated from playoff contention after their joke Super Bowl performance.

  2. The NFL must get control of this snake hair thing – the ugly Falcon running back with women’s snake hair is covering his name completely and obscuring half of his number – simply outrageous that men would look like women when playing sports.

  3. Something didn’t seem right on that FG attempt. I swear there were pre-snap whistles and I thought Atlanta tried to ice the kicker with that TO they had left. (I was irritated because I can’t stand those time outs) I can’t verify because they didn’t show another replay (I don’t DVR) and all they did was say how bizarre the half ended. If they did call timeout, the play never actually happened and therefor no penalty or expired time. Saints should have gotten another shot.

  4. vikinghooper says:
    December 7, 2017 at 11:38 pm
    NFL needed Falcons to win and they did.
    Anyone surprised isn’t paying attention.
    Are the Falcons still trying to sell PSLs? The Rams, Chargers and Raiders are next.

  5. vikinghooper says:
    December 7, 2017 at 11:38 pm
    NFL needed Falcons to win and they did.
    Anyone surprised isn’t paying attention.
    Did the NFL made Brees throw a gimme pick?

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