Saints fall to Falcons 45-32 in "Domecoming" anniversary game
NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Saints were hoping to ride the wave of emotion from a home crowd celebrating the ten year anniversary of the "Domecoming", instead the Atlanta Falcons reversed the outcome of that prior game that kicked off the return of Saints football to New Orleans.
Atlanta's offense ate up a depleted Saints defense and rolled to the 45-32 win over New Orleans, pushing the Saints home record to just 4-11 in their last 15 games played in the Superdome.
Mark Ingram finished off a quick scoring drive by the Saints to arrive at the current score, but the Saints still appear to be headed towards their 3rd straight loss to start the season.
The Falcons have maintained a double digit lead since the 1st half, and former LSU Tiger Deion Jones has added to the Saints misery with a 90 yard interception return for a touchdown to make it 45-32: the first pick thrown by Brees in over 300 passes.
Drew Brees led the Saints on a 9 play, 75 yard drive ending with a 3 yard touchdown run by John Kuhn to cut the deficit to 12 and a Mark Ingram 2 point conversion closed the gap to 35-25, but Matt Bryant added a Falcons 21 yard field goal to build the score back up to 38-25.
The Falcons got a 3rd touchdown run from Tevin Coleman early in the 3rd quarter to take a 35-17 lead.
The Falcons got 2 touchdown passes from Matt Ryan in the first half and added 2 rushing scores from Tevin Coleman to build a 28-17 lead at the break.
The game has emotional significance, as the Saints are celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the "Domecoming" game against the Falcons in 2006 that marked the Saints return to the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina displaced the Saints for the entirety of 2005.