8:30 PM ET, November 2, 2009
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Ryan's third INT the costliest as Saints fend off furious rally to go to 7-0
NEW ORLEANS -- Drew Brees and the Saints are so good right now they can't even beat themselves.New Orleans overcame four turnovers for a second straight week to stay perfect with a 35-27 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night, matching the best start in franchise history.
• The Saints improved to 7-0, matching their best start in franchise history, as Drew Brees recorded his 34th career 300-yard passing game (fourth most among active players).
• Pierre Thomas scored both receiving and rushing for the third time in the last two seasons. Only Brian Westbrook (4) has more games with TDs on the ground and in the air.
• The Saints have scored 273 points this season, fourth most through seven games in NFL history and second most in a 7-0 start ('07 Patriots had 279).
• Jabari Greer's 48-yard interception return TD is the Saints' NFL-best sixth defensive score this season. For comparison's sake, the Browns have an NFL-worst five offensive touchdowns.
• Michael Turner rushed for 151 yards and a TD, the first time the Falcons have lost a game when Turner tops 100 yards rushing (now 9-1).
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Brees-ing by Falcons
Drew Brees was stellar throwing the ball downfield. He threw better on longer passes against the Falcons than on short passes.
|Under 15 yds||15 yds or more|
-- ESPN Stats and Information
Saints center Jonathan Goodwin left late in the fourth quarter with a right knee injury and was replaced by Jamar Nesbit. ... Payton said WR Lance Moore had a shin injury. ... Brees has turned the ball over six times (four interceptions, two fumbles) in the past two games. ... Ryan has seven interceptions in his last three games.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.4||6.2|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||1-4||3-4|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||1||1|
|TD||11:11||Michael Turner 13 Yard Run (Jason Elam Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 77 yds, 3:57
|TD||5:35||Pierre Thomas 22 Yard Run (John Carney Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yds, 5:37
|TD||2:22||Kroy Biermann 4 Yard Fumble Return (Jason Elam Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 0 plays, 9 yds, 0:08
|TD||10:44||Marques Colston 18 Yard Pass From Drew Brees (John Carney Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 80 yds, 6:36
|TD||1:10||Reggie Bush 1 Yard Run (John Carney Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 80 yds, 1:41
|TD||0:52||Jabari Greer 48 Yard Interception Return (John Carney Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 6 yds, 0:23
|TD||12:34||Roddy White 68 Yard Pass From Matt Ryan (Jason Elam Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 68 yds, 1:26
|FG||11:36||Jason Elam 25 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 14 plays, 70 yds, 6:45
|TD||3:09||Pierre Thomas 1 Yard Pass From Drew Brees (John Carney Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 81 yds, 5:27
|FG||0:31||Jason Elam 40 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 7 plays, 31 yds, 0:55