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For one week at least, the Saints' luck ran out.
New Orleans has shown a knack for finding ways to win and it appeared they were about to it again. After tying it up with four seconds left in regulation, the Saints set up a 29 yard field goal in overtime.
Garrett Hartley missed the kick, however, and Atlanta drove down the field, winning 27-24 on a 46-yarder by Matt Bryant.
The game had a playoff atmosphere and on one second quarter drive, the Falcons went for it twice on fourth down, converting both times, on what would eventually be a 19-play drive that chewed up nearly 11 minutes of clock and was culminated by a Michael Turner touchdown.
Atlanta's game plan was to run the ball, control the clock and keep the Saints' offense off the field. The Falcons ended up with 50 rushing attempts (50!), for 202 yards and held the ball for 45:50.
Drew Brees uncharacteristically threw two interceptions, as Atlanta was able to consistently put pressure on him in the pocket.
The teams will meet again in a Week 16 Monday night matchup that could determine the winner of the NFC South.
Atlanta hosts San Francisco and New Orleans will look to rebound against Carolina next week.