Whew. That was a wild Sunday. Fortunately, the Falcons were able to avoid disaster and a dreadfully embarrassing collapse against their hated rival. We’ve got a recap from the game and more in today’s Falcoholinks.
Falcons - Saints recap
The Falcons were forced into comeback mode in the fourth quarter by allowing the Saints to gain the lead in what appeared to be a blowout, but ultimately the Falcons were able to seal a win on the road against their archrival.
Matt Ryan, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Younghoe Koo all came up big in the final drive — the latter kicking the game-winning field goal as time expired.
None of us were confident that the Falcons would take home a victory in New Orleans, but they surprised all of us by knocking off the (then) 5-2 Saints on the road. The win adds to Atlanta’s slim advantage over New Orleans in the all-time series, and brings the Falcons back to .500 and in the playoff conversation.
The Falcons did not exit New Orleans without a couple of injuries. The first of the game came near the end of the second quarter, as cornerback/special teamer Kendall Sheffield pulled up while in punt coverage. He was ruled out shortly thereafter with a hamstring injury.
Defensive lineman Stephen Means left the game with a knee injury in the fourth quarter and was ruled out. The injury came after scooping James Vaughters’ forced fumble and attempting to take it all the way for a touchdown.
The Falcoholic Live Postgame Show
The crew from The Falcoholic Live got together to discuss Atlanta’s win over New Orleans. If you missed the show live, you can view the replay right here.