In what seemed like a flashback to 2008, the Falcons came out Thursday in the first half and ran wild on the New Orleans Saints.
Atlanta's running game hadn't been very effective in recent weeks, but against Tampa, some promising signs started to show from
On Atlanta's first possession they opened the game with a pass completion to
Atlanta wouldn't get any more points in the first quarter, but they continued to pounce on the Saints. On New Orleans' first possession,
The Falcons kept the pressure on the Saints, scoring on the second play of the second quarter, a 17-yard strike from
DeCoud started the pick party on Brees and linebacker
Despite how well the Falcons played for much of the first half, Brees, as he is prone to do, found a rhythm and made things interested. Late in the second quarter he led the Saints on an 11-play, 80-yard TD drive to close the gap to 17-7. After the Falcons couldn't add to the lead, he took over again with a few ticks over two minutes remaining in the half. He took New Orleans down to the 3-yard line and it looked like they'd take a three-point deficit and the momentum into the locker room.
But the loud Georgia Dome, who had already forced one false start penalty and a Saints timeout because of their volume, made getting another play off challenging and the final seconds passed without another play, preserving the 17-7 lead.
Turner's 71 yards in the first half is his fourth-highest total of the season.