Team Stats

  • Total Yards

    • ATL 454
    • 440 NO
  • Turnovers

    • ATL 1
    • 1 NO
  • Possession

    ATL NO
    27:25 32:35
  • 1st Downs

    • ATL 25
    • 21 NO

Game Information

Mercedes-Benz Superdome
,
Coverage: FOX
  • New Orleans, LA 70112
  • Line: EVEN
Attendance: 73,126
100%
Capacity: 72,968
Referees: Tony Corrente
11/11/2012 Associated Press

Falcons upended by Saints in 1st loss of season

Jimmy Graham caught seven passes for a career-best 146 yards and two touchdowns, cornerback Jabari Greer made a diving, touchdown-saving pass breakup on a late fourth-down play, and the Saints held on to hand the Falcons their first loss.

Scoring Summary

FOX1234T
Falcons10701027
Saints7147331
first QuarterATLNO
TD
11:43
Mike Johnson 1 Yard Pass From Matt Ryan
7 plays, 81 yards, 3:22
60
XP
11:38
Matt Bryant Kick is Good
7 plays, 81 yards, 3:22
70
FG
9:24
Matt Bryant 37 Yard Field Goal is Good
4 plays, 5 yards, 2:07
100
TD
7:03
Chris Ivory 56 Yard Run
6 plays, 78 yards, 2:30
106
XP
6:49
Garrett Hartley Kick is Good
6 plays, 78 yards, 2:30
107
second QuarterATLNO
TD
13:33
Jimmy Graham 29 Yard Pass From Drew Brees
11 plays, 72 yards, 5:23
1014
XP
13:33
Garrett Hartley Kick is Good
11 plays, 72 yards, 5:23
1014
TD
6:32
Tony Gonzalez 2 Yard Pass From Matt Ryan
14 plays, 80 yards, 7:06
1614
XP
6:27
Matt Bryant Kick is Good
14 plays, 80 yards, 7:06
1714
TD
0:40
Jimmy Graham 14 Yard Pass From Drew Brees
8 plays, 69 yards, 1:43
1720
XP
0:34
Garrett Hartley Kick is Good
8 plays, 69 yards, 1:43
1721
third QuarterATLNO
TD
9:27
Marques Colston 7 Yard Pass From Drew Brees
7 plays, 81 yards, 3:31
1727
XP
9:23
Garrett Hartley Kick is Good
7 plays, 81 yards, 3:31
1728
fourth QuarterATLNO
TD
13:32
Tony Gonzalez 6 Yard Pass From Matt Ryan
12 plays, 110 yards, 5:46
2328
XP
13:27
Matt Bryant Kick is Good
12 plays, 110 yards, 5:46
2428
FG
9:12
Matt Bryant 20 Yard Field Goal is Good
6 plays, 15 yards, 2:42
2728
FG
5:59
Garrett Hartley 31 Yard Field Goal is Good
9 plays, 62 yards, 3:14
2731

Research Notes

  • Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was the primary weapon in the New Orleans passing game. Graham finished with a season-high 146 receiving yards and two touchdowns, with all eight targets coming at least six yards downfield and gaining more yards after the catch Sunday than in his previous eight games combined.

  • Atlanta passed on nine of its 13 goal-to-go chances against the Saints, including its 4th-and-2 play with 1:46 remaining in the game. The Falcons turned to the pass because Michael Turner gained -2 yards on four goal-to-go rushes against the Saints. On the season, Turner has just three touchdowns on 17 goal-to-go rushes.

  • Matt Ryan began the game 9-of-9 for 114 yards and a touchdown before Julio Jones went down with an ankle injury with 4:51 remaining in the 1st quarter. Jones returned in the middle of the third quarter, but the Saints had built an 11-point lead in his absence that proved too large to overcome.

  • Tony Gonzalez caught his 100th and 101st career touchdown passes, becoming the eighth player in NFL history with 100 receiving touchdowns in his career.

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