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Saints vs. Falcons: a Tweet Recap

Relive the highs, the lows, and the eventual thrilling victory for the Falcons with this tweet recap.

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to Victory Monday, and the first Falcoholic tweet recap of the 2014 NFL season. It's time to relive the magic of that thrilling overtime win over New Orleans.

An accurate preview of the game.

Come on, y'all. Get it together.

I wasn't lying--this really was me after the game.

Jenna's unborn baby got a pretty wild introduction to Falcons fandom yesterday.

The defense in the first half in particular was not good, yet somehow they did seem to bend and not break for the most part.

Keep your head on a swivel, Knox.

Ra'Shede Hageman should sing a song about it.

A tweet that is appropriate every day.

The offense really didn't look particularly good early, either.

Matt Ryan looked willing to do whatever he needed to do to put the team in a position to stay in the game, including scrambling when necessary.

When the offense started coming together it was a thing of beauty to behold.

The offensive line held up well overall. The pass rush was another story.

Falcons fans everywhere nearly suffered nervous breakdowns toward the end of the half. For what it's worth, NFL Network reported this morning that x-rays on Jake Matthews' ankle were negative, which is great news.

There were defensive lapses throughout the game.

Hall of Famer Claude Humphrey was honored at the half, and this was a totally legitimate question considering the lack of pressure Atlanta's defense was getting on Drew Brees.

Usually when Jimmy Graham is targeted, this is a common reaction.

But on this particular Jimmy Graham target, the only appropriate reaction was laughter.

Third quarter lull? What third quarter lull? The Falcons scored two touchdowns while the defense shut out the Saints for the entirety of the quarter.

And there was actually a rushing attack. That's not something we're used to seeing.

A valid question.

While the defense was not very good overall, they came up with a couple of big plays at crucial times, starting with Robert McClain's interception in the end zone.

How about Antone Smith's reception that he took for a 54-yard touchdown?

That Jacquizz Rodgers touchdown run was unbelievable, too.

You mad, bro?

As stressful as the game had been through three quarters, it was difficult to believe that there was still another quarter (and then some) left to play.

It warrants repeating that Matt Ryan played an incredible game.

Bless his heart.

Quizz's touchdown gave the Falcons a four-point lead with 2:50 left to play. Too much time to leave on the clock for Drew Brees, right? New Orleans answered, taking a three-point lead with 1:20 left to play, which everyone should know by now is too much time to leave on the clock if they want to beat Matt Ryan and Matt Bryant.

That doesn't mean it wasn't stressful.

But Matt Bryant is my hero.

And courtesy of Matt Bryant's leg, the Falcons would take it to overtime with a chance to win this thing.

The Saints won the toss to start overtime, and things were looking grim, but William Moore forced a fumble and Joplo Bartu recovered it to save the day. Falcons win!

Surely there were many NFL analysts who were shocked by the outcome.

Were Saints fans happy about the outcome? Haha, no.

Falcons fans, though--Falcons fans were overjoyed.

Falcons players were pretty thrilled as well.

HBO and NFL Films should really make this happen.

Or maybe they shouldn't.

Double rainbow--what does this mean?!

The Georgia Dome has not been that loud and lively since the playoff win against the Seahawks following the 2012 season.

Can we just talk about how great Matt Bryant is again?

Matt Ryan's no slouch, either.

The Falcons had 568 net offensive yards, yet Julio Jones had this to say after the game.

This is simultaneously the least surprising and the most awesome thing ever.

Probably the most important thing the Falcons demonstrated on the field yesterday was a refusal to give in, no matter how grim things looked.

I'm pretty sure Saints fans have one more reason to add to their list this morning.

It's okay, man. You guys needed that alcohol more than we did yesterday.

I leave you with this, Falcons fans.