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Falcons vs. Saints Recap: Atlanta buries New Orleans in 30-14 rout

The Atlanta Falcons sweep the New Orleans Saints after winning 30-14.

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Saints' resident trash talker Keenan Lewis said he and his team planned to give the Atlanta Falcons their funeral.

But on this day, it was Atlanta taking the undertaker role.

Osi Umenyiora trotted 86 yards for a touchdown off a fumble return as time ran out to bring out the caskets for the Saints as the Falcons kept their postseason hopes alive with a 30-14 dominating performance.

With the win, the Falcons improve to 5-0 in the division and 6-9 overall.

It's the first time Atlanta has swept New Orleans since 2005, and it's only their second victory in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome since Week 3 of the 2010 season.

If you used this game as a barometer to determine what kind of defense the Falcons had, you would've never guessed they ranked as the league's worst. Or that the Saints offense ranked second in the league.

Atlanta had just 16 sacks heading into the game, but the unit terrorized Drew Brees all afternoon, ending the game with a five-sack showing.

The Falcons defense also generated four turnovers, picking off Brees twice and recovering two fumbles

Jalen Saunders took the game's opening kickoff 99 yards and on the very next play, Mark Ingram scored on a one-yard touchdown run.

And just like that, the Saints had a 7-0 lead 20 seconds into the game.

But from there it was all Atlanta.

After one half of football the Falcons held a 13-7 lead, allowing just 78 total yards while gaining 223, with 209 of those yards coming through the air.

New Orleans wouldn't score again until late in the fourth quarter on a four-yard touchdown reception by Jimmy Graham, making it a 20-14 ball game.

The Saints had their opportunities, but a stout Falcons defense denied them on two key occasions.

On one, Brees connected with Graham on what could have been a 14-yard touchdown, but Atlanta's Kemal Ishmael ripped the ball before the tight end could get across the plane.

And on the other, the Saints had a chance to drive down the field with 2:35 left in the game and take the lead down 20-14. But on the second play of the drive, Brees' pass attempt to Nick Toon was picked off by Robert McClain. Three runs later, Matt Bryant kicked a 32-yard field goal to give the Falcons a two-score lead with two minutes remaining.

Julio Jones, who was a game-time decision with a hip injury, proved to be more than just a decoy as he hauled in seven passes for 107 yards.

In Week 1, Matt Ryan threw for a career- and franchise-high 443 yards. He didn't quite make it to that mark this go around, but the quarterback was still sharp as he finished 30/40 for 322 yards and one touchdown.

On the other side of the ball, Brees threw for 313 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions on 30 of 47 passing.

The loss was the Saints' fifth in a row at home this season.

The NFC South is on the line next Sunday in a winner-take-all matchup as the Falcons host the 6-8-1 Carolina Panthers.

How are you celebrating today's win?