Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints 2017-12-07

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1:25am UTC Dec 8, 2017Atlanta
Michelle Bruton

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints traveled to Atlanta to take on Matt Ryan and the Falcons on Thursday Night Football and will head home with a loss. With the 20-17 win, the 8-5 Falcons have forced their way back into the playoff discussion, though the 9-4 Saints still own the division...for now. The Falcons had only gone 3-3 at home this season heading into this game, so tonight's outcome was far from guaranteed. And even though Ryan threw three picks, it was Drew Brees' ill-timed interception near the end of the game, combined with a spate of injuries for the Saints, that sealed the deal.

  1. December 8, 2017
  2. Clock Icon2:59 pm

    Canal St. Chronicles @SaintsCSC

    Rise and direct your anger at Sean Payton and Drew Brees, not refs or injuries, and grind, via @john_siglerrr… https://t.co/92ZMpR7Cmf

  3. Clock Icon1:45 pm

    Freeman Dismisses Sean Payton's Choking Gesture

    Freeman Dismisses Sean Payton's Choking Gesture
    New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons - December 07, 2017

    Freeman Dismisses Sean Payton's Choking Gesture

    Alec Nathan
    via Bleacher Report
  4. Clock Icon1:30 pm

    Payton on Costly Penalty: 'I Have to Be Smarter'

    Payton on Costly Penalty: 'I Have to Be Smarter'
    New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons - December 07, 2017

    Payton on Costly Penalty: 'I Have to Be Smarter'

    Alec Nathan
    via Bleacher Report
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  6. December 8, 2017
  7. Clock Icon12:48 pm

    Payton Speaks on Penalty

    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    From last night’s wacky game against the #Falcons: #Saints coach Sean Payton explains that strange late-game penalty that sealed the loss https://t.co/6vH7tee64a

  8. Clock Icon6:12 am

    Brees Bashes TNF

    Brees: TNF Is 'Absolutely' Not Safe
    New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons - December 07, 2017

    Brees: TNF Is 'Absolutely' Not Safe

    Alec Nathan
    via Bleacher Report
  9. Clock Icon2:57 pm

    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

    Yesterday marked the 18th meeting between Matt Ryan and Drew Brees but only the second in which neither threw for 3… https://t.co/JCwidxjVCo

  10. Clock Icon2:52 pm

    Alex Marvez @alexmarvez

    Co-hosting @SiriusXMNFL with @charlieweissr 10 am to noon ET. Diving into @AtlantaFalcons v @Saints, @RobGronkowski… https://t.co/yxdCou3sEi

  11. Clock Icon2:52 pm

    Elias Sports Bureau @EliasSports

    #EliasSays: #Falcons overcome Ryan's 3 straight INTs to top #Saints as Ryan & Drew Brees meet for 18th time…Ben Sim… https://t.co/nllUnyc8Sd

  12. Clock Icon5:41 am

    Brees Rethinking That Throw

    Josh Katzenstein @jkatzenstein

    Brees on the pick at the end of the game: "That was not a risk I should've taken."

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    Falcons Season Is Alive Because the Defense Came to Play

    Falcons Season Is Alive Because the Defense Came to Play
    New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons - December 07, 2017

    Falcons Season Is Alive Because the Defense Came to Play

    Brent Sobleski
    via Bleacher Report
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    Payton Don't Want No Problems 😳

    Justin Felder @Justin_FOX5

    #Falcons RB Devonta Freeman on #Saints coach Sean Payton making the ‘choke’ sign at him: “that man don’t know nothing about choking. He ain’t from where I’m from.” https://t.co/WrTXzeJlqV

  15. Clock Icon2:48 pm

    Sports Illustrated @SInow

    Matt Ryan didn’t look like the reigning MVP for most of Thursday night, but he delivered two drives when Falcons ne… https://t.co/Ub3HZPuCSl

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    NFL on ESPN @ESPNNFL

    Devonta Freeman didn't have an issue with Sean Payton's apparent reference to the Falcons blowing a 28-3 lead in th… https://t.co/sXFFJfLAv7

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    New Orleans Saints @Saints

    .@JohnDeShazier awards his helmet stickers. https://t.co/lfWAPCLzbL

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    Debo, Defense Keeps Falcons in Playoff Hunt

    Debo, Defense Keeps Falcons in Playoff Hunt
    New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons - December 07, 2017

    Debo, Defense Keeps Falcons in Playoff Hunt

    Vaughn McClure
    via ESPN.com
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    Despite Struggles, Falcons in Same Position as Last Season

    Despite Struggles, Falcons in Same Position as Last Season
    New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons - December 07, 2017

    Despite Struggles, Falcons in Same Position as Last Season

    SI.com
    via SI.com
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    Saints Hit Too Hard Physically, Mentally in TNF Loss

    Saints Hit Too Hard Physically, Mentally in TNF Loss
    New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons - December 07, 2017

    Saints Hit Too Hard Physically, Mentally in TNF Loss

    NOLA.com
    via NOLA.com
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    The Ringer @ringer

    Mistakes and disastrous penalties may cost the Saints more than Thursday’s game. @Riley_McAtee: https://t.co/eLn8AOE1uL

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    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

    Matt Ryan recorded his 35th career game-winning drive in the 4th quarter/OT, the most in the NFL since his debut in… https://t.co/nVNUWMRVZ1

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    Sports Illustrated @SInow

    'Is this smart as it pertains to guys’ health and safety? No, absolutely not' — Drew Brees https://t.co/DoFTwlH7Xq

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    Saints Ready for Round 2? 👀

    Jeff Darlington @JeffDarlington

    Cam Jordan just tried for five minutes to bite his tongue about Saints’ clear disgust for the officiating. This was his final sentiment: “Without saying we got robbed, without saying we’re the better team, they have to come to us in two weeks.”

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    Top Waiver Wire Targets in Week 15 After Kamara Concussion

    Top Waiver Wire Targets in Week 15 After Kamara Concussion
    New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons - December 07, 2017

    Top Waiver Wire Targets in Week 15 After Kamara Concussion

    Scott Polacek
    via Bleacher Report
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    Debo the Hero!

    Atlanta Falcons @AtlantaFalcons

    Special message from the hero of the night, @debo! https://t.co/5cFONJ5j7W

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    Steve Wyche @wyche89

    Grown man take on Saints loss to Atl @camjordan94 https://t.co/88sbMBKxCg

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    AP NFL @AP_NFL

    Falcons' Deion Jones saves his best for the Saints. https://t.co/zNzW8X6pa2

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    New Orleans Saints @Saints

    Get the headlines after #NOvsATL in today's Morning Break. 📰: https://t.co/xP9lYAYgXR https://t.co/5wbjtInUBy

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    😍

    Atlanta Falcons @AtlantaFalcons

    "The play" #InBrotherhood https://t.co/3mQmcMEGV9

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    Falcons Win!

    Atlanta Falcons @AtlantaFalcons

    8-5. THREE TO GO. #InBrotherhood https://t.co/StTuqdzSki

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    Falcons Defense Comes Up Clutch

    uSTADIUM @uSTADIUM

    What a play by Deion Jones! HUGE INT🙌🏈 https://t.co/4mSkN7EWiA

  33. Clock Icon2:11 pm

    Sports Illustrated @SInow

    Drew Brees on Saints' injuries: '100% a product of playing on Thursday night' https://t.co/ENUmYi61xL https://t.co/IagJVuSxan

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    The Falcoholic @TheFalcoholic

    Sean Payton makes choke gesture at Devonta Freeman while the #Saints were choking https://t.co/55ITXEkO8l https://t.co/OcLvz10nfV

  35. Clock Icon4:25 am

    Are You Kidding???

    A penalty on the "Saints bench" (but basically on Sean Payton for walking out onto the field) will allow Atlanta to kneel this one out and come away with the win

    Larry Holder @LarryHolder

    Well that should end it. Penalty on the Saints bench. Basically a flag on Payton.

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    Byeeee

    CBS Sports @CBSSports

    YOINK https://t.co/B6SvE48J7W

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    Jason McIntyre @jasonrmcintyre

    Refs called a bad game so Sean Payton .... 😳😳 https://t.co/3oPngXHbV1

  38. Clock Icon2:10 pm

    The MMQB @theMMQB

    Matt Ryan didn’t look like the reigning MVP for most of Thursday night, but he delivered two drives when the Falcon… https://t.co/vs41EnACum

  39. Clock Icon4:23 am

    Oh, MAN!

    Matt Ryan may have had 3 INTs tonight, but it will be Drew Brees' ill-timed INT on the Saints' would-be game-winning drive that will ultimately decide this one

    Mike Triplett @MikeTriplett

    Brees throws the INT in the end zone. Killer. On 2nd&10, tried to throw over traffic to Josh Hill, didn't throw high enough. Great play by LB Deion Jones too.

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    Tevin Coleman Being Evaluated for a Concussion

    Kelsey Conway @FalconsKelsey

    Tevin Coleman is being evaluated for a possible concussion, return is questionable

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    Rick Stroud @NFLSTROUD

    Yeah I think the Chargers probably regret that decision. https://t.co/VrDVDLisSR

  42. Clock Icon2:00 pm

    Larry Holder @LarryHolder

    Column from Thursday night: Saints hit too hard physically, mentally in brutal loss to Falcons… https://t.co/XKLCWh0rK1

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    Now Ted Ginn Jr. Leaves the Field for the Saints

    He took a shot to what appeared to be his ribs

    Mike Triplett @MikeTriplett

    Ted Ginn Jr. drilled. Hangs on to the ball but leaves the field in apparent pain

  44. Clock Icon4:18 am

    Falcons Decline the Penalty...and Saints Go for It!

    And they get the first down!

    Gregg Rosenthal @greggrosenthal

    Dan Quinn didn’t accept the penalty because Dan Quinn would have probably kicked the field goal on fourth down. But Sean Payton is not Dan Quinn

  45. Clock Icon1:58 pm

    trey wingo @wingoz

    Honor well deserved https://t.co/PPol4cj5SA

  46. Clock Icon1:58 pm

    The Falcoholic @TheFalcoholic

    Welcome to Victory Friday, conveniently also Falcons Friday https://t.co/nFQpnXHPHM

  47. Clock Icon4:18 am

    Oof

    Saints get a holding call on 3rd-and-1 from the ATL 24, which will take them out of comfortable field goal range

    Mike Triplett @MikeTriplett

    Bad for Saints -- decide to throw on third-and-1. No one open, get flagged for holding.

  48. Clock Icon4:14 am

    Crisis Averted

    Thomas and Ingram are both back in the game for the Saints

    Josh Katzenstein @jkatzenstein

    Thomas and Ingram are back in the game.

  49. Clock Icon1:56 pm

    New Orleans Saints @SaintsNOW

    Breaking down the Saints' numerous players injured vs. Falcons https://t.co/SpwX1u0mcX https://t.co/XiZX3AXKyp

  50. Clock Icon1:56 pm

    Jeff Schultz @JeffSchultzAJC

    Good morning - big win, strange night and what was Sean Payton thinking? >>> https://t.co/4krxSrnY5d

  51. Clock Icon4:13 am

    Now Ingram Is Being Looked at on the Field

    Herbie Teope @HerbieTeope

    Saints RB Mark Ingram is now hurt. Trainers running on the field.

  52. Clock Icon4:12 am

    The Saints Cannot Catch a Break

    Now Michael Thomas is injured, but it looks like a relatively minor eye injury

    Larry Holder @LarryHolder

    Michael Thomas went down in pain. Coming off the field.

  53. Clock Icon1:55 pm

    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    This is a cool thing https://t.co/MlWLfWhM5d

  54. Clock Icon1:51 pm

    Sporting News NFL @sn_nfl

    Saints’ Sean Payton was ‘tripping’ with choking gesture, Falcons’ Devonta Freeman says https://t.co/jzIsby0Use https://t.co/CYZHUwGnT5

  55. Clock Icon4:09 am

    FALCONS TAKE THE LEAD

    Atlanta edges ahead 20-17 with less than 5:00 to go in the game with Matt Bryant's 52-yard field goal

    Atlanta Falcons @AtlantaFalcons

    #MoneyMatt💰 hits from 52 and we TAKE THE LEAD! NO 17 | ATL 20 Q4 3:49 https://t.co/1yDebimhdb

  56. Clock Icon4:06 am

    Saints Bring Up 3rd Down and Falcons Will Have to Attempt the FG

    New Orleans Saints @Saints

    Crankin' up the pressure to bring up 3rd-and-11. #SaintsGameday | #NOvsATL

  57. Clock Icon1:42 pm

    FanRag Sports @FanRagSports

    #Saints QB Drew Brees criticizes Thursday Night Football after slew of injuries against #Falcons https://t.co/fzdFDRdt1C

  58. Clock Icon1:40 pm

    Atlanta Falcons @AtlantaFalcons

    TAKEAWAYS: Deion Jones seals the win with crucial interception. 📝 - https://t.co/ClmhiCL8iG https://t.co/M7TfEwMReX

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    Who Is He Talking to 🤔

    uSTADIUM @uSTADIUM

    #Saints HC Sean Payton yelling, “choke” on the sideline 👀 https://t.co/hRgCD6yavm

  60. Clock Icon4:03 am

    Falcons Feeling Pretty, Pretty, Pretty Good

    Atlanta Falcons @AtlantaFalcons

    MOOD: https://t.co/3W1QYJ5tJS

  61. Clock Icon1:38 pm

    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    With a few extra days of recovery time compared to a normal week, #Saints RB Alvin Kamara is optimistic about clear… https://t.co/INKoBFcvtJ

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    Complex Sports @ComplexSports

    Did Saints coach Sean Payton really make the "choke" sign at Falcons player Devonta Freeman? https://t.co/slMeTY7ZOF https://t.co/vjqlz0hq1S

  63. Clock Icon3:59 am

    Brees Didn't Even Know Clayborn Was There!

    Mike Triplett @MikeTriplett

    Another third-down sack where Brees can't find anyone open. Saints will punt with 8 minutes left in 17-17 tie