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Gameday Coverage Recap: Falcons vs. Saints

The Falcons battled it out with the Saints on Thursday but fell to their division rivals, 17-13, moving them to 2-9 on the season.


Falcons players arrived at the Georgia Dome ready to Rise Up and face the Saints for Thursday Night Football's rivalry game.

Watch all the happenings on the Georgia Dome field in the moments leading up to kickoff.

PHOTOS: Fans came together to support the Falcons at the tailgate lots and at Falcons Landing before Thursday's game.

Game Highlights

RB Steven Jackson rushes through the middle to score a 1-yard touchdown and put the Falcons up 7-0 early in the first quarter.

PHOTOS: Check out gameday photos as the Falcons battled it out with the Saints.


Big plays continued to be a thorn in the Falcons' side as head coach Mike Smith explained Thursday night that points are always going to come from giving up those explosives.

DT Jonathan Babineaux feels like the defensive line took a slight step forward in a loss Thursday night, but said that the unit needs to do the little things that will help the team earn wins.

S William Moore said he feels that as a veteran on the team he has to take a leader role and encourage his teammates to keep their heads and keep fighting despite their struggles.

Undrafted rookie wide receiver Darius Johnson got an education with a second-half fumble but is determined to bounce back from the late mistake.

RB Steven Jackson said the Falcons' 17-13 loss to the Saints on Thursday deeply hurt since he thought the team moved the ball well but made small mistakes that cost them the game.

Despite a tough loss to the Saints, Tony Gonzalez said he was proud of the fighting attitude the Falcons came out with on Thursday and that he hopes the team can carry the same enthusiasm the rest of the season.

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