Final

Saints 34

(6-7, 4-3 away)

Falcons 14

(3-10, 2-5 home)

Coverage: ESPN/WatchESPN

8:30 PM ET, December 10, 2007

Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA 

1 2 3 4 T
NO 7 10 14 334
ATL 7 0 0 714

Top Performers

Passing: D. Brees (NO) - 328 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: A. Stecker (NO) - 20 CAR, 100 YDS

Receiving: D. Patten (NO) - 9 REC, 122 YDS, 1 TD

Saints-Falcons Preview

ATLANTA (AP) -- As expected, running back Reggie Bush was among the New Orleans Saints' inactive players for Monday night's game against Atlanta.

But the Saints were not yet ready to confirm reports Bush will be out the rest of the season.

An MRI exam last week indicated Bush has a partially torn left knee ligament.

A Saints spokesman said Monday night the team has made no comment on Bush's status beyond the Falcons game. Bush was examined Monday in Birmingham, Ala., by noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews.

Bush has scored six touchdowns with 581 yards rushing and 417 yards receiving.

Aaron Stecker, who is second on the team with 200 yards rushing, started at running back for Bush. Stecker's role already was expanded when Deuce McAllister suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 3.

The Saints also listed free safety Josh Bullocks as inactive. Kevin Kaesviharn made his second start of the season. Kaesviharn also started last week against Tampa Bay when the team opened with three safeties.

The Falcons designated Joey Harrington as the No. 3 quarterback, leaving Byron Leftwich to play behind Chris Redman, who made his first start since Oct. 20, 2002.

Also inactive for Atlanta was left guard Justin Blalock, the rookie starter. Kynan Forney returned to the starting lineup at right guard, and D'Anthony Batiste moved to left guard to start for Blalock.

Passing Leaders

New OrleansCMP%YDSTDINT
D. Brees70.52942246
T. Hill72.792842
AtlantaCMP%YDSTDINT
M. Ryan65.045812611
R. Gage50.03910

Rushing Leaders

New OrleansCARYDSAVGTD
A. Kamara1879325.016
L. Murray1466564.54
AtlantaCARYDSAVGTD
T. Gurley II1956783.59
B. Hill1004654.71

Receiving Leaders

New OrleansRECYDSAVGTD
A. Kamara837569.15
E. Sanders6172611.95
AtlantaRECYDSAVGTD
C. Ridley90137415.39
R. Gage7278610.94

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

TEAM OFFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Total YardsNO
 
 361
ATL
 
 301
Yards PassingNO
 
 270
ATL
 
 206
Yards RushingNO
 
 92
ATL
 
 95
TEAM DEFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Yards AllowedNO
 
 348
ATL
 
 356
Pass Yds AllowedNO
 
 245
ATL
 
 228
Rush Yds AllowedNO
 
 103
ATL
 
 127

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

New Orleans leads 8-6
Oct 21, 2007NO 22, ATL 16
Nov 26, 2006NO 31, @ATL 13
Sep 25, 2006NO 23, ATL 3
Dec 12, 2005NO 17, @ATL 36
Oct 16, 2005NO 31, ATL 34
Dec 26, 2004NO 26, ATL 13
Nov 28, 2004NO 21, @ATL 24
Nov 16, 2003NO 23, ATL 20
Oct 19, 2003NO 45, @ATL 17
Nov 17, 2002NO 17, @ATL 24
Oct 27, 2002NO 35, ATL 37
Dec 9, 2001NO 28, @ATL 10
Oct 21, 2001NO 13, ATL 20