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In an overtime contest that was an early favorite for Game of the Year, the Falcons went into New Orleans and handed the defending Super Bowl champs their first loss of the season.
Yes, it took them until overtime to do so, but Atlanta really took it to the Saints in that game.
Consider that the Falcons had a 45:50-to-27:15 time of possession advantage, gained more yards than the vaunted Saints offense, rushed the ball 50 times (50!) for 202 yards and forced three New Orleans turnovers including two interceptions from Drew Brees.
The national media and one ESPN analyst in particular (this one's for you, Trent) have reveled in pointing out the Saints' kicker Garrett Hartley missed a short field goal in overtime, allowing the Falcons to attempt a successful game-winning field goal of their own.
What they fail to point out, though, is that New Orleans would not have even been in that position if not for a fluke punt that hit the foot of an Atlanta player and gave the Saints a short field for a go-ahead third quarter touchdown.
The New Orleans' defense could not stop the Falcons late in the game. If not for that play, Atlanta would likely have gone on to score another touchdown and put the game away early
Sometimes the things they don't show you are the most important.