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New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 11:   Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons talks with  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints at The Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 11, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Saints defeated the Falcons 31-27.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Scott CarasikContributor IINovember 29, 2012

New Orleans Saints 13, Atlanta Falcons 23 — FINAL

The Atlanta Falcons beat the New Orleans Saints on a defensive stand by the Falcons. By holding this Saints offense to just 13 points, the Falcons turned the corner defensively despite allowing a lot of yardage.

Part of what made the Falcons so good in this game was the five interceptions by the defense. These included Sean Weatherspoon's first interception of his career, Thomas DeCoud's fifth of the year, William Moore's third and fourth of the year and even defensive tackle Johnathan Babineaux got one.

The offense stalled out most of the night, but despite another bad game by Matt Ryan, the Falcons were able to move the ball and score enough points to win. The running game averaged 5.39 yards per carry tonight and relied on it to win.

The game ball goes to William Moore. He created momentum with his first interception, and the Falcons rode that wave into the win. A tackle for loss and his second interception sealed it.

 

All stats used are either from Pro Football Focus's Premium StatsESPN.com, CFBStats.com or NFL.com. 

Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He is also the Falcons analyst at Drafttek, runs the NFL Draft Website ScarDraft.com and hosts Kvetching Draftniks Radio.

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