Team Stats

  • Total Yards

    • ATL 367
    • 419 NO
  • Turnovers

    • ATL 2
    • 1 NO
  • Possession

    ATL NO
    35:11 24:49
  • 1st Downs

    • ATL 18
    • 18 NO

Game Information

Mercedes-Benz Superdome
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Coverage: FOX
  • New Orleans, LA 70112
  • Line: NO -2.0
Attendance: 72,348
99%
Capacity: 72,968
Referees: Gene Steratore
9/9/2013 Associated Press

Brees, Saints hold off Falcons in Payton's return

Drew Brees passed for 357 yards and two scores and the New Orleans held on for a 23-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons to give Saints coach Sean Payton a triumphant return from his bounty ban.

Scoring Summary

FOX1234T
Falcons1007017
Saints0137323
first QuarterATLNO
TD
8:40
Tony Gonzalez 7 Yard Pass From Matt Ryan
6 plays, 82 yards, 3:06
60
XP
8:32
Matt Bryant Kick is Good
6 plays, 82 yards, 3:06
70
FG
1:30
Matt Bryant 23 Yard Field Goal is Good
8 plays, 6 yards, 3:57
100
second QuarterATLNO
FG
10:58
Garrett Hartley 48 Yard Field Goal is Good
12 plays, 50 yards, 5:35
103
TD
9:16
Marques Colston 25 Yard Pass From Drew Brees
3 plays, 31 yards, 1:26
1010
XP
9:10
Garrett Hartley Kick is Good
3 plays, 31 yards, 1:26
1010
FG
1:50
Garrett Hartley 31 Yard Field Goal is Good
6 plays, 67 yards, 4:02
1013
third QuarterATLNO
TD
11:45
Julio Jones 4 Yard Pass From Matt Ryan
5 plays, 59 yards, 1:58
1613
XP
11:41
Matt Bryant Kick is Good
5 plays, 59 yards, 1:58
1713
TD
6:29
Jimmy Graham 7 Yard Pass From Drew Brees
10 plays, 80 yards, 5:19
1719
XP
6:22
Garrett Hartley Kick is Good
10 plays, 80 yards, 5:19
1720
fourth QuarterATLNO
FG
3:16
Garrett Hartley 22 Yard Field Goal is Good
10 plays, 68 yards, 6:12
1723

Research Notes

  • The Saints had been historically futile when opening the season against the Falcons, losing each of their first six Week 1 matchups.New Orleans won by six today after averaging in three-touchdown loss in their previous six meetings.

  • The Falcons had possession in the final two minutes of each half but failed to score either time. Matt Ryan was only 4-of-9 with an interception in those situations Sunday after finishing last season with a league-best completion percentage (70.5 percent) and the most attempts without an interception (78).

  • The Saints sacked or put Matt Ryan under duress 12 times Sunday after doing so 13 times in two games against Ryan last season. Although Ryan threw a touchdown on his first attempt under duress, he went 2-of-8 on his next nine attempts, including the game-clinching interception.

  • Tony Gonzalez: 3rd player in NFL history to have a TD catch in 17 different NFL seasons, joining Jerry Rice (19) and Irving Fryar (17)

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