The Atlanta Falcons jumped out to an early 10-0 lead over the New Orleans Saints Sunday, as seemingly easy as an undefeated team should against a 3-5 team with more problems than answers.
But midway through the first quarter, Saints running back Chris Ivory—who didn’t play in the team’s first six games because he was buried on the depth chart—sparked a comeback of epic proportions, which was detailed by the Times-Picayune.
All of Ivory's immense skills were on display in one jaw-dropping 14-second ramble, a beastly one-man manifesto that was at once thunder and lightning. His breakaway speed allowed him to beat cornerback Asante Samuel to the corner and outrace the rest of the Falcons defense into the secondary. His uncanny balance allowed him to tightrope the sideline and abruptly cut between Samuel and safety Thomas DeCoud toward midfield. And his natural power allowed him to discard cornerback Dunta Robinson with a violent stiff-arm at the 16 en route to the end zone.
Will Smith called the run “unbelievable.” Malcolm Jennings said the play set the tone for what the Saints did throughout the rest of the game. Doug Tatum of the Times-Picayune asks whether Ivory’s 56-yard run was the best in Saints history.
The play began a 28-7 run that the Falcons could never recover from. The missed tackles that Ivory forced out of the Falcons never stopped either. Atlanta floundered on defense against the run, allowing 148 yards on the ground by New Orleans.
Drew Brees called Ivory "a rare combination of speed and power." And now opposing defenses have to ask what Ivory can do with the rest of his season.
Ivory led the Saints in rushing in 2010, but needed a Darren Sproles injury to even hit the field this year. Now he’s running with a bit of a chip on his shoulder, the Saints are in good shape.
Roddy White did not credit the Saints for their win over the Falcons Sunday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. White felt Atlanta "Kind of gave it away. We just gave it to them."
Head coach Mike Smith is 2-7 against the Saints during his tenure in Atlanta, according to Fox Sports South, who said it's hard not to believe New Orleans has Atlanta's number.
The Charlotte Observer lists four reasons why the Panthers lost so badly to the Denver Broncos Sunday.
Cam Newton's D was the lowest grade the Charlotte Observer handed out Sunday. The running backs got an F for their effort.
New Orleans Saints
The Times-Picayune lists 11 observations from Sunday's win over the Falcons.
There are signs of life in New Orleans, according to WWL-TV. The Saints' players feel that as long as there's a small chance to make the playoffs, they still have life.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Vincent Jackson was a bit more motivated to play Sunday, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The reason: Jackson was facing his old team, the San Diego Chargers.
Pewter Report looks back at its five keys to victory over the Chargers.